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"Use the Campfire option in the Radial Menu. You'll need all the fixings: a Firestarter, Tinder, and Fuel. Accelerant speeds up the process. Fuel types impact burn time and heat production. An active fire can be used to Cook and Boil Water, as well as keeping you from freezing to death."
— In-game description

A fire is a pile of burning fuel that has been lit using the fire starting survival skill. To make a fire, players need a starter, tinder, and fuel. Fires provide and restore warmth to the player. Uncooked foods can be cooked on fires and snow can be melted and boiled into potable water.

Fire Starting[edit | edit source]

Main article: Fire Starting

To start a fire, players have to "use" an existing firebox or campfire, and select the "Start Fire" menu option. Once the fire starting interface is open, four options are presented: an ignition source, tinder, fuel, and an optional accelerant. At the top of the screen, the player's current fire starting skill and the chance of success with the currently selected materials are displayed.

Types of Fuel[edit | edit source]

Fuel Burn Time (no skill bonus) Fire Start Chance Bonus Temperature Increase Weight Burn Time Per Weight Temperature Increase Per Weight
Book 18 mins +35% 2.0 °C
(4 °F)
0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
0.6 hr/kg (0.27 hr/lb) 4 °C/kg
(3.27 °F/lb)
Cedar Firewood 60 mins +15% 6.0 °C
(11 °F)
0.5 kg
(1.1 lb)
2 hr/kg (0.91 hr/lb) 12 °C/kg
(9.8 °F/lb)
Coal 60 mins N/A 20.0 °C
(36 °F)
0.3 kg
(0.66 lb)
3.33 hr/kg (1.51 hr/lb) 66.67 °C/kg
(54.43 °F/lb)
Fir Firewood 90 mins 0% 9.0 °C
(16 °F)
1.0 kg
(2.2 lb)
1.5 hr/kg (0.68 hr/lb) 9 °C/kg
(7.35 °F/lb)
Firelog 120 mins +7% 21.0 °C
(38 °F)
2.0 kg
(4.4 lb)
1 hr/kg (0.45 hr/lb) 10.5 °C/kg
(8.57 °F/lb)
Reclaimed Wood 30 mins -5% 3.0 °C
(5 °F)
0.25 kg
(0.55 lb)
2 hr/kg (0.91 hr/lb) 12 °C/kg
(9.8 °F/lb)
Stick 7.5 mins 30 1.0 °C
(2 °F)
0.15 kg
(0.33 lb)
0.83 hr/kg (0.38 hr/lb) 6.67 °C/kg
(5.44 °F/lb)


Burn times are increased with higher levels of the Fire Starting skill, shown below (times rounded to nearest half-minute).

Fuel / Firestarting Level Level 1 Level 2-3

(+10%)

Level 4

(+25%)

Level 5

(+50%)

Book 18 mins 20 mins 22.5 mins 27 mins
Cedar Firewood 60 mins 66 mins 1 hr 15 mins 1 hr 30 mins
Coal 60 mins 66 mins 1 hr 15 mins 1 hr 30 mins
Fir Firewood 1 hr 30 mins 1 hr 39 mins 1 hr 52.5 mins 2 hr 15 mins
Firelog 2 hr 2 hr 12 mins 2 hr 30 mins 3 hr
Reclaimed Wood 30 mins 33 mins 37.5 mins 45 mins
Stick 7.5 mins 8 mins 9 mins 11 mins

Types of fires[edit | edit source]

Campfires[edit | edit source]

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Main article: Campfire

A campfire is an open fire that can be placed into the world at the player's discretion. Players are limited in where fires can be placed, and campfires are subject to becoming windblown, depending on the weather. If the player has sufficient resources to start another fire, burnt out campfires can be relit.

Contained fires[edit | edit source]

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Contained fires offer the benefits of relatively safe fire starting positions in unlikely places, such as indoors. Contained fires cannot become windblown, and are unaffected by the weather.

Firebox Cooking slots Location(s)
Campfire 2 Placed by the player.
Potbelly stove 1 Fishing huts, Camp Office, Lonely Lighthouse
Furnace + Forge 1 The Riken, Old Spence Family Homestead, Maintenance Yard
Fire barrel 2 Carter Hydro Dam, Quonset Gas Station, Signal Hill, Hibernia Processing, Maintenance Yard
Wood stove 2 Camp Office, Trapper's Homestead, inside some ruined houses
Fireplace 2 Mountaineer's Hut, Hunting Lodge, inside some larger houses.
Rim Grill 2 Bleak Inlet (inside a Cabin).
Stove 6 Pleasant Valley Farmstead, Community Hall, Hunting Lodge, Milton House, Paradise Meadows Farm

Tending fires[edit | edit source]

Fire duration[edit | edit source]

12-hour cap

  • Fire duration is calculated from the moment the fire was first lit, so a fire started without accelerant will have already used 5 minutes of life before it can be interacted with. Example: A fire lit from a book (+18 min) will only have 13 minutes of life remaining when starting is complete.
  • Wind can seriously dampen campfire duration, capping it at only 9 minutes. See campfires (above).

Embers[edit | edit source]

When a fire's duration reaches zero, it does not immediately go out. Rather, it lingers on in a state called embers. How long the embers last will not be visible. Typically embers will burn out within 5 minutes but it is possible for them to last up to 10.

  • Embers are still fire and remain as hot as the original fire. They can be even be used to complete cooking or processing water.

Fire temperature[edit | edit source]

  • In Pilgrim and Voyageur difficulties, being next to any fire prevents the character from losing condition due to freezing. Stalkers must get the fire hot enough to get Feels like greater than 0°C to stop freezing.
  • The furnace has a unique temperature cap of 200°C that only pertains to coal.

Adding coal[edit | edit source]

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Coal cannot be used to start a fire directly, it can only be burnt in an already active fire.

Coal is an important component for forging as it is the only material capable of raising the fire temperature above 80°C. When coal is added to the furnace, it is not restricted by the 12-hour fire life cap and can be added repeatedly. Even though the 12-hour cap stands and any life in excess of 12 hours would be lost, the temperature will rise for each coal added up to the furnace temperature cap of 200°C.

Taking torches[edit | edit source]

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A Torch can be taken out of any fire, regardless of what material was used to create it, by activating the button on the bottom right, which reduces the fire by 10 minutes duration and 1°C and exits the fire page with the torch in-hand. The "Take Torch" button only appears when a fire has at least 10 minutes of duration remaining. Torches taken from fire will have 25-50% condition and can be extinguished right away for later use.

Outdoor fire bonus[edit | edit source]

Fires that are started in outdoor locations offer an outdoor fire bonus. This means that the Duration listed on the fire is inaccurate, and the fire will actually last up to 50% longer depending on the temperature. Colder temperatures will yield a longer-lasting fire, up until the bonus caps at around -30°C, starting at 0°C. The bonus is determined based on air temperature (before factoring in the fire) at the survivor's position, meaning that if you go inside your outdoor fire will no longer receive the outdoor fire bonus.

In regards to fire bonus, outdoor caves have a line separating the warm and cold sections. Standing at the back of the cave, a fire will receive a reduced bonus, down to 0% if the air temperature in the back of the cave reaches positive values. Utilizing this bonus, you can use significantly less wood to keep an overnight fire burning in a cave by standing in the cold section of the cave when interacting with your bedroll.  Note that you will be subjected to the colder outdoor cave temperatures during your sleep, so consider your fire temperature accordingly.

Processing water[edit | edit source]

The water processing menu

Water is obtained from campfires and contained fires through the process of melting snow. This can be done by first placing a recycled can or cooking pot on the heat source.

  • There is no need to collect snow prior to boiling.

Melt at fire for 10 minutes:

Boil 0.5L Water (unsafe) at fire for 5 minutes:

Predators[edit | edit source]

Wolves will halt upon reaching a campfire, holding their ground. The player has approximately 10 minutes to react to the wolf. If this period elapses the wolf will charge the player. Aiming a weapon at the wolf will cause it to flee for a short amount of time. Successfully throwing a torch at the wolf will cause it to flee for an extended period. Contained fires such as stoves in ruined houses will not act as a deterrent, and will be ignored by the wolf.

TimberwolvesMoose and Bears will ignore fires.

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