Members have the ability to use the Fletching skills to make maple logs into Maple shortbow (u), Maple shieldbow (u), or Maple stock, and both players (pay-to-play and free-to-play) can burn them with firemaking level 45 for 135 firemaking experience. 141.8 experience can be gained if the ring of fire and flame gloves are worn. When adding maple logs to a bonfire, experience gained depends on the players firemaking level, with 135 experience gained at level 45, scaling up to 175 experience at level 99. Maple log fires stay lit for 3 and a half minutes, regardless of the amount of logs added. Maple logs also serve a use in the Divination skill where they can be transmuted into yew logs.
Maple logs can be burned using Barbarian Firemaking (P2P) but level 65 Firemaking is required to use this method. Burning maple logs in this fashion gives the same Firemaking experience as burning maple logs with a tinderbox. Free players can only cut maple logs on the Daemonheim Peninsula. There are maple trees located north and south of the Seers' Village bank. Maple logs are also used to make maple pyre logs.
Because of their low price and the moderate experience they provide, maple logs are commonly used for training Firemaking, where one can spend about 10954944 coins to get from level 45 to 99 Firemaking. This uses about 96,096 logs or less if practiced on Bonfires. Their frequent use has made them the second most traded item on the Grand Exchange, behind fire runes, with 11.9 billion traded in the 180 days leading up to 12 August 2010. This averages to 765 per second, peaking at nearly 1580 per second on busy days.
As of the Dungeoneering update on 19 July 2010 maple logs are obtainable by woodcutting in F2P, with 30 Dungeoneering at the Daemonheim Woodcutting Island. The nearest banks are in Daemonheim and Al-Kharid (through the Ferryboat). This is a good place to train Firemaking because there are usually people powerlevelling Woodcutting that will give you free logs.
Price historyPrior to the release of the Grand Exchange, maple logs had a street price of about 100 coins each. When the Grand Exchange was introduced, there was an influx of hundreds of thousands of maple logs obtained from Miscellania that were all thrust into the market at once. This massive oversupply caused maple logs to drop to the low price of under 50 coins each.
With the 2 September 2009 personalised shop update, minimum price limits on many items including unstrung maple longbows were removed. Before, players would buy maples at around 36 - 42 coins each and fletch them into unstrung maple longbows. They would then be widely traded as junk with other players, along with other unwanted fletching products. The unstrung longbows were worth 144 coins each, but after the shop update, they fell to 64 coins each. The logs in turn suffered a fall to 28 coins. There is an underlying demand for unstrung maple longbows, as they still have some training value.
The 1st February 2011 free trade update caused the amount of bots to increase, in turn causing the efficiency of gathering logs to decrease per player. This sudden decrease of supply increased the price of maple logs to over 90 coins.
In September 2011, a Bonus XP Weekend was announced and players began selling maple logs, since demand was anticipated. This sudden oversupply caused price decrease, and other players seeing the drop, delayed buying the logs, leading to a lack of demand. As the Bonus XP Weekend would arrive in a few days, players guessed that prices would continue to drop, and they could then buy their logs for less.
- The value of one Maple log in Mobilising Armies is 17 Investment Credits.
- A sudden drop in price of this item was attributed to the decline of Firemaking bots as a result of ClusterFlutterer.
- The maximum possible experience (without accounting for bonus experience or enlightenment aura) granted by burning a maple log is roughly 267, with five stacks of advanced pulse core, five stacks of Purple Lumbridge, and burning them on a portable brazier inside the Summer Beach Party area with the anti-sun potion active.
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