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Steel bar detail

A steel bar is a bar of metal, refined through the Smithing skill by smelting an iron ore and 1 piece of coal in a furnace, requiring 20 Smithing and granting 3 Smithing experience.

A steel bar can be forged on an anvil to create steel weapons and armour, granting 75 Smithing experience per bar used. A list of steel items that can be smithed from steel bars and the Smithing levels required can be found on the Smithing tables.

Steel bars are commonly used to create cannonballs, ammunition consumed by dwarf multicannons. In order to create cannonballs players must be a member, have completed the Dwarf Cannon quest, possess an ammo mould, and have at least level 35 Smithing. Each steel bar smiths 4 cannonballs, granting 25.6 Smithing experience each bar consumed. Assuming items are bought and sold at current Grand Exchange values, 4 cannonballs have a value of 1,560 coins, profiting players 670 coins per steel bar.

Smithing

Steel bar Steel bar
Smithing level Smithing 20
Used with Anvil, Furnace
Experience (per bar)
Smithing 75 XP
Equipment 5.85 XP
Experience (per ore)
Smelting 37.5 XP
Equipment 2.925 XP
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Smelting

Steel bar Steel bar
Smithing-Make-X GE icon
3 XP-890
Requirements
Smithing Smithing level20
P2P icon Members onlyNo
Materials
ItemQuantityPriceTotal
Iron oreIron ore1439439
CoalCoal1116116
Total price555

Training methods

Players commonly use steel bars to train the Smithing skill, despite being able to smith mithril bars or better, because it has the optimum traits of requiring only three ores, and provides a decent amount of experience. Smelting steel bars can be a very good non-members money-making method, depending on the price of the steel bar compared to its raw materials at the Grand Exchange. Based on current prices, the profit for making a single steel bar is 219 coins if all materials are bought and sold on the Grand Exchange. This method can be a profitable for Free-to-play Smithing training, profiting 12.51 coins each experience point earned.

Drop sources

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Steel dragon1005Always
Angry barbarian spirit1063Common
Black Knight30; 331Common
Dried zombie673Common
Earth implingN/A1Common
Gargoyle938Common
Moss giant28; 51; 611Common
Skeleton brute883Common
Skeleton heavy893Common
Skeleton thug853Common
TraderN/A1Common
Trahaearn workerN/A1Common
Turoth64; 66; 68; 69; 712–4Common
Werewolf63; 891Common
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1Rare
Elite Khazard guard77; 841Rare
Guard18; 25; 351Rare
Hill giant441Rare
Alexis282Uncommon
Bandit (Kharid Bandit Camp)541Uncommon
Bandit (Pollnivneach)531Uncommon
Berserk barbarian spirit1063Uncommon
Boris282Uncommon
Borrokar391Uncommon
Eduard282Uncommon
Elite Black Knight1001–3Uncommon
Enraged barbarian spirit1063Uncommon
Fire giant851Uncommon
Freidir391Uncommon
Galina282Uncommon
Imre282Uncommon
Irina282Uncommon
Jeroen282Uncommon
Joseph282Uncommon
Ksenia282Uncommon
Lanzig391Uncommon
Lev282Uncommon
Liliya282Uncommon
Milla282Uncommon
Nikita282Uncommon
Nikolai282Uncommon
Paladin491Uncommon
Sir Carl811Uncommon
Sir Harry811Uncommon
Sir Jerro811Uncommon
Skeleton warlord913Uncommon
Sofiya282Uncommon
Soldier (Imperial Guard)481Uncommon
Svetlana282Uncommon
TzHaar-Hur86; 981Uncommon

Disassembly

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Trivia

  • Noted steel bars can occasionally be found inside barrels throughout RuneScape.
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