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A player adding logs to a bonfire.
The "craft" menu when adding to bonfires.

Bonfires are one of the best methods for training Firemaking and were released with an update on 10 May 2012, allowing players to add more logs directly onto a fire. This ability is available to members and non-members and gives strange rocks and Treasure hunter keys.

There are 6 permanent or everlasting bonfires:

They are not to be confused with eternal fires, a more common fixture that also acts as a permanent fire but does not offer the bonuses that can be earned from bonfires.

Players can add logs onto any fire, and everyone contributing will receive bonus Firemaking experience for the logs added. Also, players will receive a health boost that is dependent on their Firemaking level and the type of logs used. Player-made bonfires will also provide a +10% boost to Cooking experience earned while cooking on the fire (the permanent bonfires listed above will not provide this XP boost however).

Bonfires last different lengths of time based on the type of logs used to create them. The colour of the logs will also be different depending on the type of logs used. This is most noticeable with magic logs. Logs are added to bonfires at a rate of 3.6 seconds per log (for maple logs and higher). Bonfires will die away after a set amount of time, even if players keep adding logs to it.

Logs can be added to a bonfire in three ways:

  1. Right click on the log and "Use" it on an already lit fire.
  2. Right-click on an already lit fire, select "Use", and then choose "Add to bonfire".
  3. Left-click on the log to open the "Choose a Tool" interface while standing near a fire and then select "Add to bonfire".

Just like when chopping down a tree, logs will continue to be added to the fire without needing to click constantly. It is possible for players with a low Firemaking level to burn their hand and be unable to throw a log into a bonfire occasionally.

Bonfires can be lit during Dungeoneering; fires themselves do not have a "use" option, but branches can be added to bonfires through the "craft" menu or by using them on the fire. The health boost can be obtained, but bonfires will not grant increased Cooking or Firemaking experience.

Experience[edit | edit source]

Using logs with a bonfire instead of starting a new fire grants the following experience values. These values may change depending on a player's Firemaking level. These experience values may be increased with the firemaking boosts detailed below. Players can expect to burn anywhere from 800-990 logs per hour depending on if the player is focused, using presets, and using a BoB familiar.

Log type Experience
Regular Bonfire (1 Player) Bonfire (5+ Players) Bonfire (5+ Players) with:
Regular 40 50 52 58
Achey tree P2P icon.png 40 50 52 58
Oak 60 85 88.4 96
Willow 90 105 109.2 115.8
Teak 105 120 124.8 132.2
Arctic pineP2P icon.png 125 130 136.5 143.3
Maple* 135 141 140.4 to 182 147.4 to 191.1
AcadiaP2P icon.png 140 167.6 174.3
Mahogany 157.5 180 189 198.5
EucalyptusP2P icon.png 193.5 195 204.75 215
Yew* 202.5 220 228.8 to 270.25 240.2 to 283.8
Magic 303.8 309.5 320 338
Corrupted magicP2P icon.png 319 335.2 334.776
BlisterwoodP2P icon.png 303.8 309.5 320 338
Cursed magicP2P icon.png 303.8 309.5 320 338
ElderP2P icon.png 434 449 457.6 490
DriftwoodP2P icon.png 454 563.5

* The table shows "#1 to #2", #1 being the experience gained at the minimum Firemaking level and #2 being the exp gained at level 99 Firemaking.

Boosts[edit | edit source]

Firemaking boost[edit | edit source]

A group of players adding to a bonfire.

Adding logs into a bonfire that is being used by more players grants a Firemaking experience boost compared to the basic experience for adding logs to one's own bonfires.

Players XP Boost
2 1%
3 2%
4 3%

A significant boost is also obtained through utilising bonfires based on the player's Firemaking level. For every Firemaking level, the experience granted is boosted by a small, constant percentage. This effect is immediately noticeable when levelling up during training, as the maximum experience gained through burning the same logs instantly increases by 1 on many occasions.

This boost can be further increased by the aid of other items boosting Firemaking experience, such as the ring of fire, flame gloves, the Dwarven army axe, and Bonus experience, though Summoning familiars do not add to the boost.

Life point boosts[edit | edit source]

After adding 5 logs or bones of the same type in a row to a bonfire, a boost to the maximum life points cap will be applied, up to 5% of the total life points originating from the player's Constitution level and worn equipment. The percentage of life points boosted depends on the player's Firemaking level, and the duration of the boost depends on the type of logs used on an existing bonfire, regardless of the type of log used to start the bonfire. The boost stacks additively with the life point boosts from the thermal bath, Fortitude, and multiplicatively with life-point boosting equipment. The bonfire boost carries into any dungeons entered after receiving it, and persists even on death.

The timer will continue running even when logged out.

The duration of the life point boost can be increased by 25% (Bonfire booster) by purchasing the effect from Death's Store with 250 Reaper points, or alternatively with 2,500 Slayer points.

Log type Bone type Boost Time
Tangle gum branches (Dungeoneering)
AcheyP2P icon.png
Wolf bones
Troll lieutenant's bones
Troll general bones
Skeletal monkey bonesP2P icon.png
Monkey bones
Small zombie monkey bonesP2P icon.png
Large zombie monkey bonesP2P icon.png
Bat bones
6 minutes
Seeping elm branches (Dungeoneering)
Big bones
Jogre bones(Burnt)P2P icon.png
Small ninja monkey bonesP2P icon.png
Medium ninja monkey bonesP2P icon.png
Gorilla bonesP2P icon.png
Bearded gorilla bonesP2P icon.png
12 minutes
Blood spindle branches (Dungeoneering)
Zogre bonesP2P icon.png
Shaikahan bonesP2P icon.png
18 minutes
Utuku branches (Dungeoneering)
Baby dragon bones 24 minutes
Arctic pineP2P icon.png
Corrupted magic logsP2P icon.png
30 minutes
Spinebeam branches (Dungeoneering)
Wyvern bonesP2P icon.png 36 minutes
AcadiaP2P icon.png 38 minutes
Mahogany logs
Bovistrangler branches (Dungeoneering)
42 minutes
Eucalyptus logsP2P icon.png
Thigat branchesP2P icon.png (Dungeoneering)
Dragon bones 48 minutes
Yew Airut bonesP2P icon.png
Fayrg bonesP2P icon.png
Dagannoth bonesP2P icon.png
54 minutes
BlisterwoodP2P icon.png
Entgallow branchesP2P icon.png (Dungeoneering)
Raurg bonesP2P icon.png 60 minutes
ElderP2P icon.png
DriftwoodP2P icon.png
Grave creeper branchesP2P icon.png (Dungeoneering)
Frost dragon bonesP2P icon.png
Ourg bonesP2P icon.pngDragonkin bonesP2P icon.png
66 minutes
Dinosaur bonesP2P icon.png 70 minutes
  1. ^ Cursed version can also be added.
  2. ^ Cursed version can also be added.

Cooking boost[edit | edit source]

When cooking on a bonfire (excluding the bonfires in Prifddinas, the Yeti Town and Menaphos), players receive a 10% boost in Cooking experience. This stacks with other boosts and bonuses to Cooking experience, like the dwarven army axe and bonus experience. If a bonfire goes out while a player is cooking food, they will receive regular experience rather than boosted experience for that piece of food if it is successfully cooked.

Burning time and speed[edit | edit source]

Each type of log has a fixed burning timer; the better the log, the longer a fire will burn. It takes 3.6 seconds to put each log onto a bonfire. A log with a longer burning time enables players to cook on the fire or add additional logs to the fire for a longer time without needing to start another fire. Therefore, it is beneficial to use better logs when lighting bonfires. Examining a fire reveals the type of log burned.

Log type Approximate burn duration[1]
Regular 2 minutes 00 seconds (120 seconds)
Oak 2 minutes 20 seconds (140 seconds)
Willow 2 minutes 50 seconds (170 seconds)
Teak 3 minutes 10 seconds (190 seconds)
Maple 3 minutes 30 seconds (210 seconds)
AcadiaP2P icon.png 3 minutes 50 seconds (230 seconds)
ArcticP2P icon.png 3 minutes 20 seconds (200 seconds)
Mahogany 4 minutes 00 seconds (240 seconds)
Yew 5 minutes 00 seconds (300 seconds)
Magic 5 minutes 30 seconds (330 seconds)
BlisterwoodP2P icon.png 5 minutes 30 seconds (330 seconds)
ElderP2P icon.png 6 minutes 00 seconds (360 seconds)
Protean 6 minutes 00 seconds (360 seconds)
  1. ^ This is the approximate duration a single log will burn, giving time to add additional logs to a bonfire, or to cook over the fire.

Fire spirit[edit | edit source]

A fire spirit.

Training Firemaking in this way also gives the possibility of finding strange fire spirits who will reward you for freeing them from their wooden prisons.

The chance of freeing a fire spirit is not based on the type of logs used. It was confirmed that every log holds a 1/100 chance to release a fire spirit. Fire spirits last for one minute before disappearing. It is possible for multiple Fire Spirits to be present concurrently.

To free them, the player must click on the spirit. The spirit gives rewards, usually some common runes, coins, stone spirits, gems, ashes and various charms.

Fire spirits can be a decent way to obtain charms for Summoning for low level players without combat.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Update history[edit | edit source]

This information has been compiled as part of the update history project. Some updates may not be included - see here for how to help out!
  • patch 11 May 2020 (Update):
    • When using a fire, the option to cook food was showing logs as the icon. This has been updated to a piece of meat instead.
  • patch 2 December 2019 (Update):
    • Fixed a script error when adding a log to a bonfire for the first time.
  • ninja 4 December 2017 (Update):
    • Permanent bonfires now have a Configure option to swap the Firemaking and Cooking options, in a similar manner to portable forges.
  • patch 24 July 2017 (Update):
    • Players can now burn driftwood on permanent bonfire structures.
  • ninja 13 July 2015 (Update):
    • The bonfire life points boost now has a buff timer
  • patch 30 March 2015 (Update):
    • Clicking on the 'Cook' option on a bonfire with no raw food will no longer prevent players from adding logs to a bonfire.
  • patch 27 October 2014 (Update):
    • Bones and logs can no longer be used on a bonfire together.
  • patch 26 August 2014 (Update):
    • Weapons are now always sheathed when tending a bonfire.
  • ninja 27 May 2014 (Update):
    • Bonfires can now be used in dungeons.
  • ninja 17 March 2014 (Update):
    • The bonfire health boost will no longer reset to the minimum bonfire boost after logging out and in again.
  • patch 3 September 2013 (Update):
    • The lifepoints boost awarded by lighting logs in a bonfire now scales correctly with the new lifepoint values brought in by the Evolution of Combat.
  • patch 13 August 2013 (Update):
    • Players can no longer sheathe their equipment to interrupt the bonfire animation.
  • patch 24 July 2012 (Update):
    • Using certain emotes when lighting bonfires will no longer cause the animation to break.
  • patch 6 June 2012 (Update):
    • The ‘placing-logs-onto-bonfire’ animation is smoother.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Bonfires were introduced on the day of Lag BaOmer, a Jewish holiday which some celebrate by having a party around a bonfire.
  • Magpies are a useful familiar to use whilst lighting bonfires, as they easily gather around 20-30k per spirit pouch from gems and jewellery, resulting in an easy way to make money with minimal effort.
  • There is a graphical glitch where if the player is holding a bow and warms their hands on the fire, the bow will remain visible in the player's hand. The same thing happens with the Tome of Frost.
  • During the 2014 April Fools event, the default bonfire animation was changed from throwing logs onto the fire to throwing a random coloured party hat instead. It later became an unlockable animation during the RuneScape Road Trip challenge that same year.
  • The bonfire at the Tower of Voices in Prifddinas, the bonfire in the Worker district in Menaphos and the bonfire in Yeti Town do not give the extra 10% XP to Cooking that regular bonfires do.
  • A giant bonfire was featured in the middle of the Lumbridge Crater, made by Guido Fawkes, for the Celebration of Fire.
  • If a piece of food is cooked right as the bonfire goes out, it does not grant the +10% xp bonus.