Players can smelt ores into bars at a furnace for Smithing experience. Alternatively, players can superheat which allows players to smelt at a bank or at a mine for the cost of 1 nature rune and 4 fire runes. Players have a 50% chance of smelting iron ore at a furnace unless they use a ring of forging or use the superheat spell.
Players can choose to smith bars into armour and other metal items at an anvil. Usually, the best things to smith are iron knives, dart tips and platebodies, depending on whether the player wants fast experience or profit.
Players can play Blast Furnace to smelt ores using half the required amount of coal. You can choose to pay 72K/hr to use the Blast Furnace worlds on Old School RuneScape, Worlds 352, 358, 386 and 387 and enable soloing the Blast Furnace easily. Beware if you are below level 60 smithing you will have to pay a separate fee every 10 minutes to use the Blast Furnace. Clan Chat channels exist providing free services for Blast Furnace, making it wildly popular as a method for training and money making.
Quest experience rewardsEdit
- 1,000 - Recipe for Disaster
- 2,257 - Heroes' Quest
- 2,500 - The Giant Dwarf
- 5,000 - Between a Rock...
- 5,000 - Elemental Workshop I
- 6,500 - Devious Minds
- 7,000 - Cabin Fever
- 7,500 - Elemental Workshop II
- 12,725 - The Knight's Sword
Total: 49,482 Experience
Levels 1-29 – QuestingEdit
The Knight's Sword is a free-to-play quest that gives 12,725 Smithing experience upon completion. This reward would elevate a level 1 Smithing to level 29 immediately. It is strongly recommended that people interested in Smithing do this quest as soon as possible.
Levels 1-30 – Bronze itemsEdit
If completing The Knight's Sword isn't an option, smith the highest-level bronze item you're able to.
Levels 30-40 – Iron itemsEdit
Smith the highest-level iron item you're able to.
Levels 40-99 – Gold bars (Blast Furnace)Edit
Smelting gold bars in the Blast Furnace is the fastest, although a costly way to train Smithing. This requires having access to goldsmith gauntlets (requires completion of Family Crest), which increase the base experience of 22.5 to 56.2 experience per bar. Players can expect up to 380,000 experience per hour at maximum efficiency with this method if using one of the official Blast Furnace worlds, which have dwarven workers operating the Blast Furnace.
231,268 gold ores are required to achieve 99 Smithing if using the goldsmith gauntlets. Gold ores are worth 335 and gold bars are worth 81, which means that, when using Goldsmith gauntlets for 56.2 experience per bar, this can be done for -4.52 gp per experience or ~74,930,832gp before selling smithed bars, which would sell for ~16,420,028 leading to an overall loss of ~58,510,804
Fletchers look for stackable materials that make stackable ammunition, allowing for cross-training. You may attach bolt tips and enchant them to create enchanted bolts.
Level 19-34 – Iron nailsEdit
At level 19 members can make 15 iron nails from an iron bar. It is possible to make 900 iron bars into 13,500 iron nails per hour at a leisurely pace. This method provides ~25k experience/hr, which is more than double the experience from smelting iron bars.
Level 30-99 – Blast Furnace
At level 30 players can start smelting steel bar, the very first bar requiring coal. While normally smelting steel bar result in a 38 gp loss, smelting steel bar at Blast Furnace actually makes a 201 gp profit due to its halved coal consumption. Smelting at Blast Furnace requires 72,000 gp per hour from the coffer, and an additional 2,500 gp per 10 minutes to be manually paid for anyone below 60 Smithing. One can make up to 4,000 steel bars per hour with the help of both Coal bag and Ice gloves, 3,000 bars with only Ice gloves and 2,500 bars with neither. Bars can be sold to grand exchange or made into dart tips or cannon balls for further experience and profit.
Dart tips are often in high demand due to their use of powertraining Fletching, thus smithing them usually makes profit or breaks even. Always check the prices before attempting to do this. Making any type of dart tips requires completion of The Tourist Trap quest.
Keep in mind that the 'coins per experience' calculations below are based on buying the bars at the Grand Exchange, not on smithing bars you've smelted from ore you mined.
At level 34, you can start smithing steel dart tips, which yields 1.89 coins per experience with the current prices. This method grants 37.5 experience per steel bar, resulting in an experience rate of roughly 37,000 experience per hour. Doing this method from level 34 to 54 would require 3,905 steel bars.
At level 54, you can start smithing mithril dart tips, which yields -0.12 coins per experience with the current prices. This method grants 50 experience per mithril bar, resulting in an experience rate of roughly 50,000 experience per hour. Doing this method from level 54 to 99 would require 257,672 mithril bars.
At level 74, you can start making adamant dart tips, which yields 0.8 coins per experience with the current prices. This method grants 62.5 experience per adamantite bar, resulting in an experience rate of roughly 65,000 experience per hour. Sometimes making adamant dart tips will result in a small loss, so the player may wish to continue with mithril dart tips instead. Doing this method from level 74 to 99 would require 191,011 adamantite bars.
Levels 35-99 – CannonballsEdit
Smelting cannonballs from steel bars is profitable; however very slow experience. To smelt cannonballs, players must complete the Dwarf Cannon quest. Each steel bar, costing 529, gives 25.6 experience and 4 cannonballs, worth 856, resulting in a profit of 12.77 coins per experience. 507,704 steel bars are required to achieve 99 Smithing. (~14k xp/hr at a rate of about 540 bars per hour - 176,580 gp per hour).
- Al-Kharid by the bank.
- Edgeville no longer requires completion of the Easy Varrock Diary, however there is still a 10% chance of smelting two bars at once while wearing Varrock armour. This is also the closest furnace to a bank.
- Falador Square
- Neitiznot north-east from the bank chest. This is the second closest furnace to a bank. However, The Fremennik Isles has to have been started to use this furnace.
- Port Phasmatys directly across from the bank. This is the third closest furnace to a bank.
- Lumbridge near the general store
- Wilderness Resource Area
- East Ardougne next to the church, south of the north bank
- Shilo Village next to bank
- Across from Varrock West Bank
- South from Yanille Bank
- North of Falador, east of Taverley, Doric's hut after Doric's Quest
- Northern hut of Tai Bwo Wannai
- Port Khazard has a bank near it now, but is still inefficient for smithing.
- Northern West Ardougne
- South-western Rellekka
- West of the Ranging Guild
- Wilderness Resource Area
- Void Knight Outpost
- Blast Furnace