For information on training this skill, see Firemaking training.
Firemaking is a skill available for players in RuneScape Classic. It is considered a production skill, as a player produces a fire while burning logs, though actively training it consumes logs with no lasting end product. It is usually related to Woodcutting, as that is the skill to get your logs for firemaking (though logs can theoretically be bought and burnt). In RuneScape Classic, players can only light regular logs, as the other types of logs are only used for fletching. This remained until the changeover to RuneScape 2.
It is not linked to woodcutting in terms of experience, however, to allow for logs to be used for other purposes, such as fletching. If, from level 1 in both Firemaking and Woodcutting, you trained to 99 firemaking, you would only reach level 79 Woodcutting.
Whilst Firemaking is comparatively fast to train, there is little benefit from doing so and no money is gained. The only use for the skill is producing a fire to cook food on in the absence of a Range, although there is a level 30 requirement for the Sea Slug quest.
Players use this skill to make fires with a tinderbox and logs. The use of the firemaking skill is limited to burning logs and to use the resulting fire to cook food with the cooking skill. Even though firemaking can be helpful with training & cooking, many players prefer to use cooking ranges as alternatives. For that reason, in addition to the lack of reward for training above low levels, firemaking isn't considered to be a particularly useful stat, and (like Agility) is only commonly trained for level vanity.
To light a log, a player needs to first drop the logs on the ground, and use a tinderbox on them. Players can fail to light a fire, in which the message,
You fail to light a fire. appears in the chatbox. When this happens, the logs are still left on the ground, but they are not lit. At first, lighting logs will take many tries, which can prove to be frustrating, but the fail rate lowers as you level up. At level 50 and above, the failure rate is very low.
Although it seems like it would be very inefficient to only burn normal logs, the experience you get increases as your level increases. The Formula for this is as follows:
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- Hero's Quest - 1,575 XP
- It would take you 72,758 logs to get to level 99 starting from level 1.
- Cowchicken was the first to get level 99 in this skill. Dragoon 787 (Koopatroopa787 on twitch) said on stream in January 2016 that he was first, the debate about who was first is still open.