7 Days to Die: How to Get and Use Wood

Learn how to get Wood and what it can be used for

One of the most basic materials in most survival crafting games is Wood, and in 7 Days to Die, this is no different, as it is the first and most abundant resource players can use. Everything from basic construction to rudimentary tools to simple weapons will all require Wood. Moreover, it’s renewable and easy to come by, making it great for producing large quantities of traps and ammunition.

This guide will teach you everything you need to know about the best ways to find, salvage, and harvest Wood in 7 Days to Die and how it can be used.

How to get Wood in 7 Days to Die

Wood is an extremely common material that players can harvest after the game begins. Several of the game’s tutorial quests rely on its acquisition and use of it. There are a few ways to gather this material, though logging is typically the quickest and easiest.

1. Scavenging

Wood regularly spawns in low-tier loot containers and trash piles just about everywhere. There is a good chance of finding this resource among other garbage lying in the middle of the road and in the corners of houses. This isn’t as effective as other methods, but you can still fill your bag with a little effort.

2. Reclaiming

While you cannot typically salvage Wood from structures with a salvaging tool, it is still possible to reclaim some of it by destroying objects with an ax. Many houses are made primarily of Wood, making it easy to chop through walls and barricades to gather the resources. Wooden furniture can sometimes be picked up and scrapped in the inventory while the rest can be chopped up.

3. Trees

The fastest way to get lots of Wood is by chopping down trees. Using an ax or chainsaw to knock down trees is a great way to farm for this resource, especially in the Pine Forest Biome, where trees are plentiful. If you find yourself in a biome without trees, you can still gather this resource from small shrubs, stumps, and driftwood lying on the ground.

Tips and tricks for farming Wood in 7 Days to Die

Especially in the early game, players will use many basic resources. Because of that, it’s easy to carelessly deforest the entire area around your base, making it difficult to gather more. Here are a couple of tips to help make sure you don’t run low on this resource.

1. Harvesting Perks

Certain perks like Miner 69er and Motherlode can make harvesting resources from the environment easier. These perks increase the damage dealt by harvesting tools and reduce their stamina cost. They can also increase the number of materials harvested from resource nodes like trees and ore deposits.

2. Planting Trees

Depending on your biome, it is possible to plant and grow new trees to create a renewable supply of lumber. This can be done by placing the seeds acquired from felled trees in a suitable environment with enough space. If the requirements for that tree are met, it will grow into a new tree within a couple of days.

3. Shrubs

Small shrubs growing on the ground can be harvested with tools or by hand to collect small amounts of Wood. Each shrub will only net you a single scrap, but it’s a handy trick for crafting basic items in a pinch.

Tips and tricks for using Wood in 7 Days to Die

Many different recipes require this resource, but it is used most intensely during the early game. While the low strength of this material makes it obsolete as the game progresses, it never completely stops being useful.

1. Weapons

Holding a Wooden Club
Used to Craft Wooden Clubs and Primitive Bows

Low-tier weapons like the Wooden Club, Primitive Bow, and Wooden Bow use Wood as a base material. These weapons won’t get you far and will break easily, but when you wake up in the middle of nowhere with nothing to defend yourself, they can save your life. Some mid-tier weapons like the Baseball Bat and Iron Sledgehammer also require this resource to craft.

2. Tools

Used in Crafting Simple Tools

Simple tools and any tool with a Wooden handle will require this material to craft. The Stone Axe and Stone Shovel are vital for players at the start of the game, as these are the first harvesting and construction implements players can use.

3. Construction

Framing a Wall with Wood
All Structures Utilize Wood for Framing

All structure frames start with Wood. These structures are relatively weak but can be built quickly and cheaply. This makes them ideal for framing a structure before committing resources to it or quickly building useful structures like barricades, ladders, and ramps. Once placed, building frames can be upgraded with stronger materials like Cobblestone, Concrete Mix, and Forged Steel.

4. Fuel

Adding Wood as Fuel to a Campfire
Used as a Fuel Source for Campfires, Forges, and Chem Stations

Several crafting stations, like the Campfire, Forge, and Chemistry Station, all require some manner of fuel to function. While Coal is more efficient, Wood can also be used as a renewable fuel source. Burning Wood will be necessary for early-game players to cook food, boil water, and keep warm.

5. Arrows

Stone Arrow Recipe Using Wood, Small Stones and Feathers
Used in Arrow Recipes

Basic arrows and crossbow bolts use wooden shafts in their creation. As some of the first available ammunition, stone arrows will be extremely helpful in surviving the early game and the first couple of blood moons each player encounters.

6. Traps

Zombie Walking into a Spike Trap
Numerous Traps are Constructed from Wood

Spike Traps and several other basic traps are all constructed from Wood. These traps are quick and easy to craft and are a staple of barricade construction and base defense. Before a blood moon comes, make sure you have plenty of Wood available to fix up your rows of spikes and replace those false-floor panels.


Is Wood or coal better for burning?

Coal lasts much longer but is not as renewable.

Can Wood be sold to merchants?

Yes. However, you’ll only get 5 Dukes for every 50 units.

How much Wood can be stacked together?

This resource can be collected into stacks of up to 6000 units.

Final thoughts on getting and using Wood

Whether you’re just getting started or are looking to expand your high-level base, Wood is one of those resources you never really stop using, which is probably why The Fun Pimps made it so accessible. We find ourselves using this resource so often that we almost always carry a stack of it in our inventory, and we recommend you do, too!

If you’re looking for more tips to help you get started in Navezgane, check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started or our 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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