Starting a Fire, Cooking Food & Boiling Water

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Harvesting Wood

Starting fires is important to help you keep warm and to boil drinking water as well as cook meat to prevent yourself from contracting infections.

To start a fire you first need to harvest some wood. To do that you will first need to find a hatchet
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. Once you have found a hatchet go in to a forest, open your gear menu by pressing the G key
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on your keyboard and place the hatchet in your tool belt by right clicking it and selecting 'Add to tool belt'. The hatchet must be in your tool belt in order to harvest wood, not in weapon mode.
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Once in your tool belt, right click the hatchet again and select 'Harvest Wood'.

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Your player will being harvesting wood. Your player will automatically harvest 15 wood piles, however to start a fire you only need one, hence you can stop harvesting wood by pressing the W key
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on your keyboard. Wood piles can not only be used to start fires but for other things such as building too. Click here to find out more.

Some wood piles will have now appeared on the ground beside your player. Put them in your inventory.

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Note
There is a chance that your hatchet may break when using it in which case you will need to find a new one.


Starting a Fire

To start a fire you will need to have 1 wood pile
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and 1 box of safety matches
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in your tool belt. You can find safety matches lying around in various buildings on the island. Open your gear menu by pressing the G key
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on your keyboard, right-click the match box and select 'Make Fireplace'. Your player will now build a fire place. After it has been built, go to it and select 'Light Fire' to light it or 'Put out fire' to put it out.
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Woohoo, fire! Man's greatest discovery!

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Note
You do not need matches to light an already built fireplace, you only need them to build it.

Cooking Meat

Now that you have a fire going let's learn how to use it. By being close to it your body temperature will gradually increase if it is low. You can also cook meat using a fire.

To cook meat you need to have at least one raw meat steak
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in your inventory. (Click here to learn about hunting and getting meat) Now just walk up to a burning fire and select 'Cook Meat' from the action menu. The raw meat will turn in to BBQ meat
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which you can then right-click and select 'Eat Food' to consume. Yummy!
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Boiling Water

Always boiling water is also an important thing to do to prevent yourself from contracting infections or positioning yourself. Now that you have a fire going let's have a look at how to do that.

In order to boil a water bottle
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you will first need to have a full water bottle in your inventory. If your water bottle looks like this
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then it is empty and you need to fill it. Click here to learn how to do that. Go to the fireplace and click 'Boil waterbottle'. Your water bottle will turn to "Bottle of Water (Boiled)"
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and is now 100% bacteria free and safe to consume.
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