Wood is a crucial building and crafting resource item in RUST and is acquired through several in-game means. It is a core resource due to players’ complete reliance on it for every stage of the game, as well as nearly every mechanic in the game.
One of the most important uses for wood is its utility as a fuel source from which all other things that require cooking or smelting are made. Production of refined materials from crude ore depends on wood as a fuel source and cannot take place without it. The scope of use in this category ranges from frying up some Raw Bear Meat on a Camp Fire to smelting your Sulfur Ore in a Large Furnace.
Wood is also the foundation upon which all player-based structures are built (and later upgraded from) and is a component to make more permanent wooden structures such as the High External Wooden Walls. Foundation twigging requires wood, regardless if it is immediately upgraded to stone, metal, or high-quality metal. The building plan and hammer, which you need to create and upgrade building blocks, also rely on wood.
In addition to its direct building purpose, it is also absolutely essential to crafting Wooden Arrows and bows in the early game.
Ways to gather wood
Wood is nearly everywhere you go, in every biome in RUST. All trees will give you wood and stumps and logs that you can find on the ground. You can often recycle items you loot and don’t need into some wood. For a more detailed guide for acquiring wood from various sources, check out our guide to finding wood.
The most lucrative way to acquire wood aside from chopping down trees in the wild is through its purchase from Outpost rate of 20 Scrap per 1000 wood. Outpost also offers a currency exchange in the form of trading excess stone for wood at a rate of 150 stone getting you 500 wood. You can honestly never have enough wood in your boxes in Rust.