Refining Forge

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Refining Forge
Refining Forge.png

Requires wood, thatch, or sparkpowder to activate. Put unrefined resources in this to refine them.

Item slots
 Thatch (7.5 seconds)
 Wood (30 seconds)
 Sparkpowder (1 minute)
 AnglerGel (4 minutes)
Decay time
Stack size
Spawn Command
cheat giveitemnum 124 1 0 0
cheat gfi forge 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Structures/Misc/PrimalItemStructure_Forge.PrimalItemStructure_Forge'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
21 EP
Crafting XP
74.4 XP
Used to craft
Crafted in
125 × Stone
5 × Flint
65 × Hide
40 × Fiber

The Refining Forge is a structure in ARK: Survival Evolved that is used to refine  Metal into  Metal Ingot and  Oil into  Gasoline. It is unlocked at Level 20.


To use the Refining Forge, one needs to put either  Thatch,  Wood,  Sparkpowder or  AnglerGel inside. See table below for more information. The Refining Forge also can not be sitting on a foundation that's in water.

Once the fuel and refining materials are inside the forge, you light the fire to begin refining. Durations for the fuel and the refining materials are given in the tables below.

To make the most efficient use of fuel, the amount of refining materials and fuel should be balanced to not waste fuel once the refining is complete.

For common examples:

Can exactly melt:


Each fuel will burn for a different amount time. The table below shows how long each fuel will burn and what a single piece of fuel can theoretically refine (Minimum amounts of ingredients are given in the Refining section).

Each Fuel Burn Time  Metal  Oil
 Thatch 7.5s 0.75 1.5
 Wood 30s 3 6
 Sparkpowder 1m 6 12
 AnglerGel 4m 24 48

Each fuel stacks to a maximum of 100, except thatch, which stacks to 200. The table below shows how long one stack of each fuel will burn and how much that is able to refine.

Stack of Fuel (x100) Burn Time  Metal  Oil
 Thatch 12m 30s 75 150
 Wood 50m 300 600
 Sparkpowder 1h 40m 600 1200
 AnglerGel 6h 40m 2400 4800

An excellent offline calculator is available for automating these calculations, or you can use the following online calculator.


Each resource takes a different amount time to refine. The following table gives the duration to refine each resource for different amounts of ingredients

Resource Minimum Ingredients Refining Time Stack of Ingredients Refining Time
 Metal Ingot 2 ×  Metal 20s 300 ×  Metal 50m
 Gasoline x 5 6 ×  Oil
5 ×  Hide
10s 240 ×  Oil
200 ×  Hide
6m 40s

An online calculator for automating the calculations is available at (Just click the industrial tab)

Both Gasoline and Metal can smelt at the same time with both timers running simultaneously.


  • The Refining Forge is treated as a wooden structure and can not be damaged by hands, stone weapons, or non-explosive ranged attacks.
  • The following aggressive creatures can not damage the Refining Forge:

Painting and Color Regions

X mark.svg

The Refining Forge is not currently paint-able, however this object may be re-mapped to include paint regions in a future update.

For more information on Paint Regions and how to use them, please view the Blue Coloring.png Dye,  Paintbrush, or  Spray Painter pages.