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Different materials have different burn times and temperatures. Different processes also require different temperatures and duration. Cooking requires a temperature of 200°C, while firing a clay mold requires a temperature of 700°C. Melting ores, metals, or glass requires much higher temperatures.


All logs and planks burn at 800°C, which is a temperature high enough for cooking and firing pottery items made of blue clay. Wood does not burn hot enough to use in metal working.

Wood Type Duration (s)
Acacia Log 89
Birch Log 78
Kapok Log 47
Maple Log 79
Oak Log 98
Pine Log 60
Aged Log 40
Wood Plank Blocks 20
Bamboo planks 24
Wood Slab/Stairs Blocks 10
Wood Boards 6

High Temperature Fuels

These fuels generate temperatures high enough to be used to fire pottery items made by clay forming, smelting ores for casting, and in smithing. Be sure to check the temperature required for your process and choose your fuel accordingly.

Name Temperature (°C) Seconds
Firewood 700 24
Peat 900 25
Lignite 1100 77
Bituminous coal 1200 84
Charcoal 1300 40

Calculating Fuel Cost

Warm up times are difficult to calculate but once warmed up the amount of fuel needed to complete a process is roughly: 30 * [Number of ore] / [duration of fuel]. The fuel needs to have a max temperature equal or greater to the ore of course.

For a stack of charcoal, you can roughly melt about 83 ore.

Alternative Fuels

Most items made of wood and cattails (baskets, chests, other furniture) will also burn in a firepit. In an emergency, you might not have the fuel you need. Before you burn your household goods, you might also use these flammable items.

Name Temperature (°C) Seconds
Dry grass, Cattail tops 600 4
Bamboo stakes 700 10
Torches 600 6
Flowers, saplings, and other plants 600 10
Rot 300 XX
Fat 400 96
Sticks X00 XX

Vintage Story: Vanilla Game Content
Terrain blocks Grid Barren low fertility soil.pngSoil Grid Blue clay.pngClay Grid Peat Brick.pngPeat Grid Rock granite.pngRock Grid Gravel Granite.pngGravel Grid Granite sand.pngSand
Construction Blocks Grid Cob.pngSoil Blocks Grid Blue clay bricks.pngCeramic Blocks Grid Oak plank.pngPlanks Grid Polished Granite.pngStone Blocks Grid Diagonal logs plaster.pngPlaster Grid Glass.pngGlass
Functional Blocks Firepit lit.pngFirepit Grid Loot Vessel.pngLoot Vessels Grid Chest.pngContainers Grid Wooden bed.pngBed Grid Barrel.pngBarrel Grid Quern granite.pngQuern Forge.pngForge Grid Ore blasting bomb.pngOre blasting bomb
Decorative Blocks Grid Painting.pngPaintings
Metal Working Blocks and Items Grid Copper anvil.pngAnvil Bloomery.pngBloomery Grid Crucible burned.pngCrucible Ingot Mold Burned.pngMolds Forge.pngForge Grid Copper Ingot.pngMetal
Tools & Weapons Grid Copper axe.pngAxe Grid Bow.pngBow Grid Copper Chisel.pngChisel Grid Wooden club.pngClub Grid Copper hammer.pngHammer Grid Copper hoe.pngHoe Grid Copper knife.pngKnife Grid Copper pickaxe.pngPickaxe Grid Copper prospecting pick.pngProspecting Pick Grid Copper saw.pngSaw Grid Copper scythe.pngScythe Grid Copper shears.pngShears Grid Copper shovel.pngShovel Grid Copper spear.pngSpear Grid Copper sword.pngSword
Craftable Resources Grid Oak board.pngBoards Grid Firewood.pngFirewood Grid Charcoal.pngCharcoal Grid Copper Ingot.pngIngots Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Grid Flax twine.pngLinen
Plants Grid Oak sapling.pngTrees Berrybush red currant ripe.pngBerry Bushes link=Cooper%27s_Reed_(Cattail)Cooper's Reed (Cattail) Flower-californiapoppy.pngFlowers Flax.pngWild Foods Tallgrass-tall.pngGrass Tallfern.pngOther Plants
Mobs BeeMob.pngBees Bighorn.pngBighorn sheep Rooster.pngChicken Pig.pngWild Pig Fox(Male).pngFox Hare.pngHare Hyena.pngHyena Wolf.pngWolf Normal Drifter.pngDrifter Locust.pngLocust
Grid Lore Scroll.pngStarter Guide Grid Lore Book.png Crafting Recipes Grid Ruins.pngRuins Grid Copper sword.pngCombat Heat Torch.pngLight sources Grid Charcoal.pngFuel Grid Copper hoe.pngFarming Grid Spelt bread.pngCooking Grid Empty skep.pngBeekeepingPig.pngAnimal Husbandry Grid Flint arrow head.pngKnapping Grid Blue clay.pngClay Forming Grid Raw hide.pngLeather Working Grid Copper Chunk.pngOre Deposits Grid Copper pickaxe.pngMining Grid Crucible burned.pngCasting Grid Copper anvil.pngSmithing