7 Days to Die: How to Craft and Use Campfires

Learn how to craft and use the Campfire

The Campfire is the easiest and first workstation players can craft in 7 Days to Die. This simple facility is highly necessary for early-game survival but remains just as useful throughout all stages of the game. The campfire provides warmth bonuses and can be used to cook food, purify water, and even craft some chemical elements with the right skills and tools.

This guide will walk you through how to craft and use a Campfire and offer some advice on maintaining it.

How to craft a Campfire in 7 Days to Die

Crafting a Campfire in 7 Days to Die
Crafting a Campfire in 7 Days to Die

The Campfire is the first workstation available to the player, requiring no additional Workstation crafting skill to make. In fact, crafting and placing a Campfire is part of the game’s tutorial quest. As useful as these workstations are, they are extremely simple to craft, requiring only these resources:

Small Stones can be found on the ground, looted from trash, or mined from rocks and ore boulders.

How to use a Campfire in 7 Days to Die

You’re nearly ready to start cooking once you’ve crafted and placed your Campfire. Similar to a Forge, the Campfire utilizes a unique interaction screen with a few different windows. Here is a quick rundown of the Campfire’s interaction windows and their various functions:

1. Fuel

The Campfire, like several other workstations, requires fuel to cook food and craft materials. There are three available fuel slots, and each can hold up to a full stack of one kind of item, burning items in the leftmost slot first.

To fuel your fire, load flammable materials such as Wood or Coal into it, but keep in mind fuel can only be added or removed when the fire isn’t burning. Once fueled, the Campfire can be toggled on or off with the button below the fuel window. This window also displays the remaining time the fire will burn based on the amount of fuel inserted.

2. Cooking

Now that your Campfire is fueled up, you can start using it to craft new food, drinks, chemicals, and meds. To cook an item, select its recipe from the list at the far left. When you are ready to craft, press the labeled button, and the Campfire will begin the work independently, turning on if it isn’t already.

Upgrades for the Campfire

Three upgrade items are available for the Campfire that allow for creating new recipes. These upgrades can be found, purchased, or crafted and are each installed in the tools window of the interaction screen. Additionally, these upgrades change the look of your Campfire visually, which makes your base feel more complete and your fire more like a proper kitchen.

1. Cooking Pot

Crafting a Cooking Pot
Crafting a Cooking Pot

The cooking pot is probably the first upgrade players should seek for their Campfires and is also the most versatile. Not only does the cooking pot allow players to purify murky water by boiling, but it’s also required for creating some of the most nutritious meals in the early and late game.

Cooking pots can be found in houses, purchased, or crafted at a forge with the following materials:

2. Cooking Grill

Crafting a Cooking Grill
Crafting a Cooking Grill

The cooking grill is used mainly for creating meat and vegetable dishes. Though certainly not necessary to create the best meals, it is an excellent way to increase your recipe variety and offers the most nutritious way to cook raw meat and corn, which are two of the most accessible foods in the game. Cooking grills can be looted from houses, purchased from traders, or crafted at a forge with the following materials:

  • 31 Iron
  • 6 Clay

3. Beaker

Crafting a Beaker
Crafting a Beaker

The beaker is a specialized upgrade that allows players to use a Campfire for crafting chemicals and advanced medicine such as Antibiotics. While this process will always be more cost-intensive than crafting the same products with a Chemistry Station, it does allow players without advanced workstations to craft chems early.

Beakers are somewhat rare and cannot be crafted or forged. They can, however, be looted from medical crates, salvaged from lab equipment, or purchased.

Crafting Recipes for the Campfire

Most survivors will use the Campfire to boil water, brew drinks, and cook meals. That said, there are some recipes the Campfire can craft that you may not know about. Here is a quick rundown of a few types of items players can cook using the Campfire:

1. Clean Water

Purifying Water
Purifying Water

One of the most important functions of the Campfire, especially in the early game, is the purification of murky water found in jugs and toilets. Without a Dew Collector, players will have to rely on this boiled water to survive.

2. Meals

Crafting Meals (Bacon and Eggs)
Crafting Meals (Bacon and Eggs)

The Campfire is capable of turning poor-quality and even dangerous food, such as raw meat and vegetables, into edible and more nutritious food. Not only that but with the proper cooking skill, this workstation can also produce delicious, high-quality meals that not only fill up your hunger bar but also restore health and provide various bonuses such as increased stamina.

3. Coffee and Tea

If you want to increase the hydration value of your water, you can combine clean water with flowers, fruit, or coffee beans to cook higher-quality coffee and tea. Similar to meals, these drinks can confer additional bonuses such as heat or cold resistance and even treat some maladies like dysentery.

4. Chemicals

Crafting Chemicals (Glue)
Crafting Chemicals (Glue)

Though not as efficient as the chemistry station, the Campfire, with the proper upgrades, can be used to cook some chemicals like paint or Glue.

5. Meds

Crafting Meds (Herbal Antibiotics)
Crafting Meds (Herbal Antibiotics)

With the right skills and enough materials, players can cook up a couple of different types of meds at a Campfire for treating infection and other conditions.

6. Liquor

Crafting Liquor (Grandpa's Learnin' Elixir)
Crafting Liquor (Grandpa’s Learnin’ Elixir)

If you’re looking to craft a few items to boost your abilities, the Campfire can be used to brew up some potent liquor. Liquor functions much like potions would in other games, conferring buffs such as ranged damage or even experience gain increases. Of course, they’ll also make you thirsty, so make sure to have some water on hand too.

Tips and tricks for using the Campfire

  • Though lots of materials may be burned to fuel a Campfire, coal is the most efficient by far.
  • Campfires will continue to burn until their fuel runs out or they are turned off, so be sure to extinguish your fire when not in use.
  • Campfire flames can draw in zombies like other open flames, so keep them away from windows.
  • Campfires do not require the player to be present to function and can cook items while you do something else.
  • The warmth of Campfire flames can help players survive cold environments and torrential rain.

Final thoughts on the Campfire

Whether it’s just a temporary camp or a fully fleshed-out base, a Campfire is a necessity for any shelter where you’ll be spending an extended time. We’re glad The Fun Pimps included some additional functionality and cosmetic improvements to the Campfire, as this is one workstation where players will be spending a lot of time.

Looking for some other tips to help you get started in 7 Days to Die? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started and the 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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