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Glommer's Flower.png See also: Fuel

Fire is a commonly-occurring game mechanic.

Fire is very important for various reasons. Primarily, it is used to provide light at Night, which prevents Charlie from attacking. Additionally, fire allows food to be cooked, increasing its Hunger and Health values. Fire also provides warmth during Winter, which counteracts freezing. Despite these benefits however, fire can also be dangerous, as being too close to one will drain Health.

Flaming items or objects may have different descriptions than non-burning ones; for example, a burning log versus one that's just sitting there.


There are several sources of fire which provide light. Most of these can be found in the Light Tab, represented by the Campfire icon. These sources include Campfires, Fire PitsTorches, or Stars. Additionally, anything actually on fire, such as Plants or Flammable Objects, will give off light as long as they are burning.

Light serves several purposes: mainly it is used to see at night, though it is also needed to prevent Charlie from attacking. Additionally, light prevents the large Sanity loss from being in total darkness (however, it does not prevent the gradual loss caused by Dusk/Night time). If Sanity does drop too low, Night Hands will begin to approach the fire and extinguish portions of it; eventually they may put it out completely. These hands can be scared off by stepping on them and running them towards the edge of the fire's light.


Glommer's Flower.png Main article: Cooking

Fire Pits, Campfires, or Stars can be used to cook foods. Cooking has various positive effects. For most foods, the amount of Hunger they restore is increased and a small Health boost is added. Eating raw Meats decreases Sanity, while cooked meats do not. Additionally, Monster Meat, eaten raw, will reduce Health and Sanity, but these effects are lessened with cooking.


Glommer's Flower.png Main article: Freezing

In Winter, characters will begin to freeze if they are away from fire for too long (warm clothing helps prevent this). As long as the character is within a certain radius of a fire, they will stay warm. This includes any burning objects like trees. Fires can also warm Thermal Stones, which can be carried around to slow down freezing.

Fire Damage

Objects, items, and Mobs that are on fire can cause 8-12 Health Meter.png damage per second if they are too close to the player. Most mobs will also take fire damage, when on fire, or when they are close to open fires, which can be used as an offensive tactic.

The following are immune to fire damage/being set on fire:


Immune to being set on fire but not fire damage:

Flammable Objects

Glommer's Flower.png See also: Category: Flammable Objects

Uncontained fires can spread to nearby flammable objects, and can quickly get out of control. If mobs are set on fire, either by open fire sources, or by items like Fire Staff, the fire will spread even faster and will be harder to control as the mobs on fire will run around, spreading the fire on everything flammable around them. However, the Ice Staff can extinguish the smoldering phase of either a mob or an object, as well as when the object is burning. When not extinguished on time, huge chain reaction fires can begin, destroying vast amounts of resources depending on location. Campfires (but not Fire Pits) are also considered uncontained fires and will spread to nearby flammable objects if they are too close.

Any flammable item that can be picked up will turn to Ashes if set on fire, while burnt trees such as Evergreens and Mushtrees will yield Charcoal. Structures that have been burnt will return 1/4th of their materials when hammered.

Starting Fires

Torches and Fire Staffs can be used to purposely set things on fire by clicking the item on the object or clicking the object with the item equipped. It is also possible to light items in the inventory on fire by dragging a Torch over it and pressing RMB (Right Mouse Button). Most mobs can also be set on fire using Fire Darts.

Red Hounds will combust upon death, spreading fire on the spot that can destroy nearby objects and damage the player. The Red Hound's flames will disappear after a few seconds and yield Ashes.

Lightning strikes will create fires as well, unless they are absorbed by a Lightning Rod.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In all DLCs, Wetness causes fuel items to become waterlogged. Waterlogged fuel burns for only 75% of the time of dry fuel. This effect can also apply to a variety of special fuels used on certain equipment, such as Nightmare Fuel, Light Bulb, Glow Berry and Lesser Glow Berry.

More objects are flammable in DLCs and fire can be put out by some fertilizers and Ice.

In the Reign of Giants DLC, the Summer heat can cause things to smolder and ignite. Building an Ice Flingomatic will put out small fires and prevent smoldering objects from combusting. Players can also put out smoldering objects using their hands at the cost of Health, or through some fertilizers, Ice, Luxury Fan or an Ice Staff. Dragonfly is the Summer seasonal Boss, who can create fires.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, two new craftable sources of fire were added, Chimineas and Obsidian Fire Pits. Obsidian Fire Pits burn three times as long as Campfires, or 1.5 times as long as Fire Pits and Chimineas. Additionally, Krissures and Lava Pools also act as fire, providing light and heat, and allowing food to be cooked on them.

Dragoon Eggs falling during Volcanic Eruptions can start fires, as well as the Dragoons that spawn from intact eggs after the eruption and from Dragoon Dens in the Volcano. Dry Season, which is the equivalent to Summer in Reign of Giants, does not contain combustion. Shipwrecked also introduces two new mechanics: Strong Winds, which can cause fires to quickly dim and extinguish, and Flooding, which prevents lighting both fire pits and camp fires. Chimineas protect against both mechanics.

In the Hamlet DLC, two new sources of fire were added, Crumbling Brazier and Wall Brazier. Both of them behave near-identically to Campfires, as they can be fueled to provide Light and a means of cooking Food and they may also set nearby flammable objects on fire. Hamlet also introduces a new mechanics: Heavy Fog, which can cause fires to burn as 60% fast as in Rain.

Thunderbird will emit three (ten during Aporkalypse) Lightning bolts which can start fire. Hamlet world does not contain combustion. Hamlet also introduces Strong Winds. Royal Guard will put out fire.

Additionally, several fuel items were added:

Fuel Burn Time
Fire Pit Campfire Obsidian Fire Pit
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Crimson Feather.png Jet Feather.png Azure Feather.png Reign of Giants icon.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png
Thunder Feather.png Hamlet icon.png
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7.5 sec

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22.5 sec

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Palm Leaf.png Jungle Tree Seed.png Shipwrecked icon.png
Clippings.png Jungle Burr.png Fried Tuber.png Fried Blooming Tuber.png Cone Hedge.png Layered Hedge.png Hamlet icon.png
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15 sec

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45 sec

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Deciduous Turf.png Sandy Turf.png Reign of Giants icon.png
Bamboo.png Vine.png Cloth.png Shipwrecked icon.png Hamlet icon.png
Ashy Turf.png Jungle Turf.png Magma Turf.png Meadow Turf.png Tidal Marsh Turf.png Volcano Turf.png Shipwrecked icon.png
Beard Hair Rug.png Cultivated Turf.png Dense Turf.png Flat Stone Turf.png Lawn Turf.png Mossy Turf.png Painted Sand Turf.png Rainforest Turf.png Stone Road Turf.png Wild Plains Turf.png Hamlet icon.png
90 sec

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45 sec

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135 sec

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Glommer's Flower.png Glommer's Wings.png Reign of Giants icon.png 180 sec

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90 sec

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270 sec

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Glommer's Goop.png Reign of Giants icon.png
Blubber.png Bamboo Patch Dug.png Coffee Plant Dug.png Elephant Cactus Dug.png Viney Bush Root.png Tar.png Shipwrecked icon.png
Nettle Plant.png Hamlet icon.png
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180 sec

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540 sec

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Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

Don't Starve Together contains the changes from the Reign of Giants DLC but changes the burn time of turfs to 15 sec. Additionally, the Lavae can start fires, while Scaled Flooring slows the spreading of fire.

When Willow fuels a fire, it is 50% more efficient compared to other characters.

Some new tools added in Don't Starve Together like the Watering Can and the Fire Pump can be used to put out fire. Rain has a chance to put out an object that is smoldering. During spring, the burn range of all objects is halved. This means fires will not spread as fast and mobs will take less damage from being in the middle of many burning objects.

The following are some example of fuel items added in Don't Starve Together:

Fuel Item Burn Time
Fire Pit Campfire
Crimson Feather.png Jet Feather.png Azure Feather.pngSaffron Feather.png Down Feather.png Malbatross Feather.png Succulent.png
(the burn time of turfs has been changed)
Forest Turf.png Grass Turf.png Marsh Turf.png Rocky Turf.png Savanna Turf.png Mud Turf.png Slimy Turf.png Fungal Turf.png Cave Rock Turf.png Guano Turf.png Wooden Flooring.png Cobblestones.png Carpeted Flooring.png Checkerboard Flooring.png Deciduous Turf.png Sandy Turf.png Scaled Flooring.png Rocky Beach Turf.png Shell Beach Turf.png Moon Crater Turf.png Mutated Fungal Turf.png Ancient Stonework.png Moon Quay Beach Turf.png Dock Kit.png
15 sec (22.5 as Willow Portrait.png)

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7.5 sec (11.25 as Willow Portrait.png)

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Twiggy Tree Cone.png Blueprint.png Blueprint (rare).png Sketch.png 30 sec (45 as Willow Portrait.png)

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15 sec (22.5 as Willow Portrait.png)

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Fur Tuft.png Codex Umbra.png Driftwood Piece.png 90 sec (135 as Willow Portrait.png)

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45 sec (67.5 as Willow Portrait.png)

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Dug Juicy Berry Bush.png Compost Wrap.png Bramble Husk.png 360 sec

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180 sec

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Blueprint.png Gallery