Skyrim: How to Get Firewood

Find out how to get firewood, using wood chopping blocks and woodcutter's axe, with the help of our guide to Skyrim.

Find out how to get firewood, using wood chopping blocks and woodcutter's axe, with the help of our guide to Skyrim.
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Firewood is an essential item in Skyrim for crafting arrows, bolts, and the crossbow, as well as for upgrading weapons at grind stones. Getting firewood can be tricky, and since you need it in huge quantities, especially if you’re using bow and arrows, then it can get problematic, unless you know where to look for it. This guide will explain how to get firewood and where to find it in Skyrim.

How to Get Firewood in Skyrim

You can find some ready-made firewood at Highpoint Tower and Volkihar Dungeons, located under the Volkihar Castle, Haafingar. That won’t sate all your needs, though. You’ll need to get more.

The best way to get firewood in Skyrim past the aforementioned freebies is to use a woodcutter’s axe at the wood chopping blocks that are scattered all over.

Once you get the axe, you can chop wood blocks, which yields 2x Firewood per chop. One woodcutting session equals 3 chops and 6x Firewood respectively. This process takes about 30 seconds.

Wood Chopping Blocks

Here are all the locations of wood chopping blocks in Skyrim:

The Hold
Eastmarch Windhelm
Uttering Hills Cave
Steamscorch Mine
Mixwater Mill
Darkwater Crossing
Traitor’s Post
Falkreath Dengeir’s House
Falkreath Stormcloak Camp
Hunter’s Rest
Embershard Mine
Half-Moon Mill
Dark Brotherhood Sanctuary
Lakeview Manor
Bandit Camp: Ilinalta Foothills
Haafingar Lylvieve Family’s House
Dragon Bridge Lumber Camp
Katla’s Farm
Haafingar Stormcloak Camp
Broken Oar Grotto
Ironback Hideout
Pinemoon Cave
Hjaalmarch Morthal
The Pale Dawnstar
Anga’s Mill
Hall of the Vigilant
The Reach Druadach Redoubt Cave
Hag Rock Redoubt
Reach Imperial Camp
Old Hroldan Inn
The Rift Riften
Dayspring Canyon
Whiterun Belethor’s General Goods
The Bannered Mare
Battle-Born Farm
Whiterun River Watch
Halted Stream Camp
Winterhold Fisherman’s Camp: Slaughterfish Bay
The Frozen Hearth Inn
Solstheim Skaal Village
Raven Rock
Highpoint Tower
Damphall Mine
Bujold’s Retreat
Bloodskal Barrow

Woodcutter’s Axe

Players can’t craft or purchase a woodcutter’s axe, but you can simply find and pick up this tool at the following locations:

The Hold
Eastmarch Windhelm
Mixwater Mill
Goldenrock Mine
Mara’s Eye Den
Gallows Rock
Ansilvund Burial Chambers
Windhelm Stables
Hlaalu Farm
Falkreath Falkreath
Embershard Mine
Lost Knife Cave
Prospector’s Shack
Haemar’s Cavern
Haafingar Solitude
Katla’s Farm
Thalmor Embassy
Northwatch Keep
Volkihar Undercroft
Dainty Sload
Solitude Sawmill
Wolfskull Cave
Hjaalmarch Ustengrav
Abandoned Shack
The Pale Anga’s Mill
Windpeak Inn
The Reach Markarth
Markarth Stables
Lost Valley Redoubt
Fort Sungard
The Rift Riften
Shor’s Stone
Froki’s Shack
Autumnwatch Tower
Faldar’s Tooth
Broken Helm Hollow
Sarethi Farm
Black-Briar Lodge
Wood Cutter’s Camp: Lake Geir
Boulderfall Cave
Whiterun Riverwood
Belethor’s General Goods
Halted Stream Camp
White River Watch
White River
Cowflop Farmhouse
Valtheim Towers
Silent Moons Camp
Winterhold College of Winterhold
Snow Veil Sanctum
Alftand Glacial Ruins
Japhet’s Folly
Solstheim Raven Rock
Skaal Village
Bloodskal Barrow

How to Get the Poacher’s Axe

Alternatively, you could get the Poacher’s Axe, which is a unique woodcutter’s axe that can also be used for getting firewood.

Besides being able to chop firewood, it can also deal extra damage to animals due to Huntsman Prowess enchantment.

There are two locations, where you can get the Poacher’s Axe:

  • Halted Stream Camp
  • Riverwood, Whiterun

Halted Stream Camp is a bandit camp located northwest of Whitewatch Tower in the Whiterun hold (indicated by the red marker on the map above). Usually, one of the orc bandits carries the Poacher’s Axe next to a grind stone or inside the mine. You can easily defeat him and take hold of the axe.

If you don’t want to get involved with the bandits, then you can seek out the Riverwood Trader (indicated by the green marker on the map above) named Lucan Valerius at Riverwood, Whiterun. He can sell you the Poacher’s Axe for about 30 gold coins.

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Serhii Patskan

Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.