Firemaking is considered to be one of the easiest skills to train in free-to-play given its fast experience rates and low cost. It can be trained in conjunction with Woodcutting by burning the logs cut from trees. With bonfires, training Firemaking does not require much attention.
The only equipment needed for training Firemaking in free-to-play is a tinderbox. A tinderbox lights logs on fire. One is automatically stored in every player's tool belt so it is unnecessary to buy one or keep one in the bank.
|Log type||Experience||Experience per hour||Cost||Profit|
|Per experience||Per hour|
|Regular||Bonfire (solo)||Bonfire (with ≥4 others)||Regular||Bonfire (solo)||Bonfire (with ≥4 others)||Regular||Bonfire (solo)||Bonfire (with ≥4 others)||Profit/loss per log burnt||Profit/loss per hour|
|Maple||135||135 to 175||140.4 to 182||162,000||128,250 to 166,250||133,380 to 172,900||0.79||0.79 to 0.611||0.76 to 0.588||101,650||-17||-18,700|
- ^ a b c Assumes that 950 logs are burnt per hour.
- ^ Assumes that 1,200 logs are burnt per hour.
- ^ a b If creating individual fires and collecting ashes. Profit/loss per hour assumes that 1,100 logs are burnt per hour.
- ^ The experience rate of maple logs is dependent on the player's Firemaking level. The table shows two numbers, the first being the experience gained at level 45 Firemaking and the second being the experience gained at level 99 Firemaking.
|Icon||Item||Price||Direction||Low Alch||High Alch||Limit||Members||Details||Last updated|
|Ashes||90||0||1||10,000||view||5 hours ago|
|Logs||346||1||2||25,000||view||3 hours ago|
|Oak logs||850||8||12||25,000||view||3 hours ago|
|Willow logs||322||16||24||25,000||view||106 minutes ago|
|Maple logs||107||32||48||25,000||view||3 hours ago|
|Yew logs||189||64||96||25,000||view||102 minutes ago|
|Magic logs||396||128||192||25,000||view||3 hours ago|
- To maximise the number of logs burnt per hour, and in doing so maximising experience gain, it is recommended that players train Firemaking near a bank for quick withdrawal of logs.
- Most bonfire training is done at the Grand Exchange on World 29, the official free-to-play Bonfires server.
- Players can add logs to an existing fire to create a bonfire. Using bonfires yields more experience per log; however, a log is burnt every 6 game ticks (3.6 seconds) rather than every 4 game ticks (2.4 seconds) when lighting fires the normal way. Experience gained is increased per log and is further increased by up to 4% for every other player (up to five) using the same bonfire. With the maximum boost from extra players, the experience/hour for this method is provides slightly less experience per hour than lighting the logs individually, but bonfires are semi-afkable and provide the added bonus of not having to run to and from banks.
- It is recommended players use bonfires to burn logs rather than individually lighting logs because although bonfires are slightly slower than setting individual logs alight, they give increased experience gains per log burned and require far less attention and movement. Players may opt to not use bonfires, especially if they would like to make money by collecting ashes from fires as they burn out.
Combining Woodcutting and Firemaking training
Woodcutting and Firemaking can be trained side by side by cutting logs, then burning them. The most effective free-to-play logs for use with this method are willow logs. A great location to do this is south of Port Sarim. This location is usually almost never crowded because there is no bank nearby, but there is plenty of space to use a bonfire or burn logs individually. Another great spot to perform this tactic is in Lumbridge. On the east side of the River Lum, slightly west of Farming Patch and slight Southeast of the Champions' Guild there are three willow trees. When you stand between the Northernmost willow trees and go all the way East until the fence, you can burn exactly 27 logs individually.
Cutting and burning yew logs would result in slower Woodcutting and Firemaking experience per hour because of reduced Woodcutting speed.
The Daemonheim Peninsula resource dungeon is another popular place in which to train Firemaking in this manner, as it is the only place in the free world where maple trees are found. You can cut and burn maples and willows there, and the only requirement is 30 Dungeoneering. Cutting and burning willows at level 75 Woodcutting yields around 70,000 experience per hour (40,000 for Firemaking), 30,000 for Woodcutting). It's recommended to swap to Maples at level 90 Woodcutting as this yields approximately 90,000 experience per hour (51,400 for Firemaking, 38,600 for Woodcutting).
"Burning and Selling" method
One less popular method of gaining Firemaking experience is by obtaining a relatively large number of either willow or maple logs and continuously burning the logs in the Grand Exchange burning east first then backwards burning west between the two banks. Once your full inventory of logs has been burnt you then pick up the ashes that the fires left behind. These ashes can be sold at the Grand Exchange that you are already at for a higher price that the logs can be bought at. This method of selling the ashes to create a reasonable income high enough to buy back the logs you just burnt creating an endless supply of logs for to burn but also generating a profit of -255,200 coins per hour (assuming that willow logs are burnt and that 1,100 are burnt per hour) making it an effective money making method. The market can vary the income generated, and the time elapsed picking up the ashes can significantly impact upon your experience per hour. This method is most useful for people who are mainly trying to only increase their Firemaking level by only a few levels. The main perk of this method is the fact that no money is lost in training Firemaking.
Level 1-15 - Normal logs
- Experience needed - 2,411
- Logs needed - 46
- Time - 3 minutes
- Logs cost = 15,916
Level 15-30 - Oak logs
- Experience needed - 10,952
- Oak logs needed - 160
- Time - 8 minutes
- Logs cost = 104,550
Level 30-45 - Willow logs
- Experience needed - 48,149
- Willow logs needed - 437
- Time - 27 minutes
- Logs cost = 140,714
Level 45-60 - Maple logs
The best way to get from level 45 to level 60 is by burning maple logs on a bonfire to which five or more players are contributing, which grants 140.4 experience per log at level 45 (the experience receiving from burning maple logs is dependent on the player's Firemaking level).
- Experience needed - 212,230
- Maple logs needed - 1,512
- Time - 1 hour 30 minutes
- Logs cost = 161,784
Level 60-75 - Yew logs
- Experience needed - 936,679
- Yew logs needed - 3,466
- Time - 4 hours
- Logs cost = 655,074
Level 75-99 - Magic logs
- Experience needed - 11,824,010
- Magic logs needed - 36,951
- Time - 37 hours
- Logs cost = 14,632,596
Level 30-99 - Willow logs
- Experience needed - 13,021,068
- Willow logs needed - 118,105
- Time - 119 hours
- Logs cost = 38,029,810
Level 45-99 - Maple logs
Maple logs are another alternative method to reach 99. They're a compromise between the speed of yew logs and the relative cheapness of willow logs. Burning maple logs on a bonfire to which five or more players are contributing grants an average of 161.2 experience per log (the experience receiving from burning maple logs is dependent on the player's Firemaking level).
- Experience needed - 12,972,919
- Maple logs needed - 80,477
- Time - 80 hours
- Logs cost = 8,611,039
Level 60-99 - Yew logs
- Experience needed - 12,760,689
- Yew logs needed - 47,218
- Time - 47 hours
- Logs cost = 8,924,202
Burning yew logs is a much faster method of reaching 99 than burning maple or willow logs, but is somewhat more expensive. Using yew logs as opposed to maple logs saves approximately 31.5 hours and costs approximately 474,947 more. The cost for each hour saved is approximately 15,077.68. This can be worth it for some and not others. Another consideration is that the 31.5 hours saved are very low-intensity. One may not want to save these hours.