Charcoal is the byproduct of wood when used for smelting in a campfire or furnace. It is used in conjunction with sulfur to craft gunpowder, a key ingredient for ammunition and explosives. Though it may be tempting to throw charcoal away, large quantities will be required in later stages of the game. Keep it if you can.

  1. Gathered from
  2. Unload
  3. Recycled from
  4. Smelting
  5. Ingredient for
  6. Mixing
  7. Tips
Object Salvaged Icepick Jackhammer Pickaxe Stone Pickaxe Salvaged Hammer Rock Bone Club
Patrol Helicopter 800 800 800 623 600 398 391
Bradley APC 880 880 880 685 660 436 428
Scrap Transport Helicopter 3,732 3,732 3,732 2,892 2,799 1,848 1,816
Train Wagon Amount
Unloadable Train Wagon 1,000–4,000
Item Category Amount Chance
Snowman Snowman Items 25 100 %
Gun Powder Gun Powder Resources 2 100 %
Product Recipe Ingredients Total Time BP Required Workbench
Explosives Explosives Gun Powder×50Low Grade Fuel×3Sulfur×10Metal Fragments×10 Sulfur×110Charcoal×100Cloth×0.75Animal Fat×2.25Metal Fragments×10 4 sec Yes Mixing Table
Gun Powder×10 Gun Powder Sulfur×10Charcoal×10Sulfur×10Charcoal×10 Sulfur×20Charcoal×20 1 sec - Mixing Table
5.56 Rifle Ammo×3 5.56 Rifle Ammo Gun Powder×5Metal Fragments×10 Sulfur×30Charcoal×30Metal Fragments×10 1 sec Yes Mixing Table
Pistol Bullet×4 Pistol Bullet Metal Fragments×10Gun Powder×5 Metal Fragments×10Sulfur×40Charcoal×40 1 sec Yes Mixing Table

Grand_Master_Farmer 153 pts. 2 years ago

The small oil refinery produces charcoal the fastest burning 1k wood in 25 minutes versus 33 minutes 20 seconds in furnaces or over 2 hours in the grill, campfire or fireplace.

Meyer 11 pts. year ago

making gp in a mixing table takes less charcoal

Sossololpipi[contributor] 121 pts. 4 months ago

large quantities are needed, but large quantities will be made regardless of whether you want them or not.
you'll have tons of it, but don't throw it away - it'll come in handy later.
Identifier -1938052175
Stack Size ×1,000
Despawn time 5 min