Valheim Charcoal Kiln & Smelter Placement

Charcoal Kiln and Smelter in Valheim are structures that you can build, and they let you make coal and smelt metal, as long as you get the placement right. As it turns out, the placement of the Valheim Smelter and Kiln have been causing some problems for players, who can’t seem to figure out how to place them. That’s exactly what we’ll be covering in our Valheim Charcoal Kiln & Smelter Placement guide, along with how to make a Kiln and Smelter, how to build them inside and outside, what to build first, and more.

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valheim charcoal kiln & smelter placement
Valheim Charcoal Kiln & Smelter Placement

How to Make a Smelter in Valheim

To Make a Smelter in Valheim, you have to collect twenty Stone and five Surtling Core. The recipe unlocks the first time you come into contact with the Cores for the first time. Surtlings, by the way, are the fire creatures that appear in the Swamp biome and around runestones, etc. You also need a workbench nearby, and, of course, the Hammer tool. The Smelter doesn’t need to be indoors in order to work, which is lucky, because it does take quite a bit of space. There are some restrictions when making a Smelter, though, but more on that in a bit.

How to Make a Charcoal Kiln in Valheim

To make a Charcoal Kiln in Valheim, you need to acquire twenty Stone and five Surtling Cores, like the Smelter. Also like the Smelter, the Charcoal Kiln recipe becomes available after you acquire a Surtling Core for the first time. Once you have all your stuff, take your Hammer out, and make sure that there’s a workbench nearby. That’s all you need; the Surtling are kinda the biggest problem. Well, that, and the restrictions of where you can build the Kiln. It can be outside, which is very handy, but not on every surface. That brings us to our next point…

Kiln & Smelter Placement – Where Can I Place Them in Valheim

You can place your Charcoal Kiln and Smelter in Valheim both outside and inside, but there are some things that you have to keep in mind. The first thing is that both the Kiln and Smelter can only be placed on dirt or stone. That means that a wood floor or grass or anything else are out of the question. So, if you want to place them outside, make sure to use the hoe to level the dirt out and get rid of the grass. More details on how to build them indoors in the section below.

Another thing that you have to keep track off when placing the Smelter and Kiln access to the “ports.” By that I mean, to use the Smelter, you need to put coal in one side and metals on the other, with the processed materials coming out the front. You need free access to all three sides. The Kiln is a little easier, since you put wood in the front and the coal comes out the same side, but still, you need to be able to reach. Consider placing them as near each other as possible, just to minimize the lugging around of stuff.

How to Put Smelter & Charcoal Kiln in the Base

To put a Smelter and Charcoal Kiln inside your base in Valheim, you need to make sure that the floor is not made of wood. Both structures need to be placed either on dirt or stone, as we’ve already mentioned. So, the solution is to either have big holes in the floor to put the things on dirt, or build those section of floor out of stone. Mind you, if you do choose to go with holes, you can raise the level of the dirt below to match the rest of the floor. Helps with the aesthetics of the place, but also makes access to both the Kiln and Smelter easier. Just make sure that you place them so that you have access to all the relevant sections for putting materials in, as discussed above.

Do You Get Materials Back When You Destroy Smelter or Kiln?

Yes, you do get all your materials back when you destroy the Smelter or Charcoal Kiln in Valheim. However, there are a few points here. The first one is that you have to dismantle them using the Hammer tool; you won’t get anything back if you go at it with an axe or some other weapon. The second is that the object you’re destroying needs to be repaired fully in order to get all your materials back. Lastly, you can only get resources back if you’ve built the object. If you wreck something built by another player in co-op, those materials are gone. So, exercise caution. If you meet all these requirements, you’ll be just fine.

Build Smelter or Charcoal Kiln First?

Our recommendation is that you make the Charcoal Kiln first. The reason we say this is because the Kiln turns Fine Wood, Core Wood, and regular Wood to Coal at a pretty quick clip. It shoots out one Coal every fifteen or so seconds, and you can store up to 25 units of wood at a time. Why is this important? Well, you have to keep feeding the Smelter coal for it to function properly. So, while you’re out gathering more Surtling Core and Stone for the Smelter, feed the Kiln some wood, and you’ll come home to a pile of fuel.

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