We found a few artists conk (ganoderma) that we can use for amadou, and Buzzard have had a couple of emails asking if the method we use is a sure fire way to produce amadou that works everytime and the short answer is no. It works for us and we have had no problems producing quality amadou but that doesn't mean this is the definitive method. Experiment for yourselves but do please get in touch and let us know the results.
Fresh and straight off the tree
The tubes and outer layers cut off just to reveal the trama of which there was a considerable amount on these
Steeping in the Lye soloution we made not that long ago, note we don't boil the fungus we find steeping it in a quality solution for 24 hours to be just as effective, but there's more than one way to skin a cat!
Pound it flat, dry it out and it's ready to go!
Note this amadou can take a little longer to take a spark than that prepped with salt peter,but that can vary with humidity, the quality of your steel and other conditions too. Play around with this method to see what works best for you. This stuff burns with a slow smoulder and none of the popping you get with potassium nitrate, happy fire making!!