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For the variant encountered in Daemonheim, see Tinderbox (Dungeoneering).
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Tinderbox detail

The tinderbox is used primarily for lighting fires and keeping candles and lanterns alight. Various quests require the player to use a tinderbox to set things on fire. Tinderboxes do not need be carried around since they are found in the Toolbelt.

Obtaining tinderboxesEdit


Ignatius Vulcan location

The average spawn rate at a general store for the full stock 10 tinderboxes is 9 minutes and 10 seconds. This means the first spawn is 10 seconds after all the tinderboxes have been bought, and one minute per every other tinderbox.

Tinderboxes can also be bought from Ignatius Vulcan, who stocks 60,000, making it one of the best ways to stock tinderboxes. It is one of the largest stock of any item in any shop in RuneScape, beaten only by Pickupstixx's stock of 65,000 shard packs and 65,000 shards.

Tinderbox spawnsEdit

  • Top floor of Draynor Manor near Professor Oddenstein's machine.
  • By the wardrobe in Captain Dulcin's ritual room in the Black Knights' Fortress
  • On the wrecked ship on the north of Harmony Island.
  • Next to furnace in the eastern wilderness ruins.
  • Searching certain shelves of the Wise Old Man's home gives a tinderbox, possibly book(s) and a message questioning why he keeps so many tinderboxes. This is likely due to Dinoysus's eventual assault upon the Wizards' Tower. Though it is possible to quickly obtain multiple tinderboxes from it, your character will only take one at a time, and only if your inventory has none; this can be easily bypassed through the drop trick.

Other sourcesEdit

Player can obtain an unlimited number of tinderboxes from a Tool store 2 in the Workshop of a Player-owned house. Only one tinderbox can be taken at time from the tool store, so this is a time consuming way to get a lot of tinderboxes.

Various monsters occasionally drop tinderboxes, including the Cave bug, Cave goblin, Werewolf, and H.A.M. Guard.

Tinderboxes are occasionally obtained when pickpocketing H.A.M. members

Tinderboxes can also be obtained through the Buyers and Cellars quest.

Tinderboxes can sometimes be found inside barrels.

Use with skillsEdit

As mentioned above, a tinderbox is often used to train the firemaking skill. Summoning familiars, however, can be used in place of a tinderbox, giving an extra ten Firemaking experience for each log:

Tinderboxes are sometimes used in Construction. For example, 20 tinderboxes are needed to build a Flame pit in an Oubliette.

The tinderbox is also the tertiary ingredient of Pyrelord summoning pouches.


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Haunted MineEdit

A tinderbox carried in the inventory becomes a Damp tinderbox when a player falls into the water at the 5th level of the Haunted Mine. If examined afterward it will say: Not so useful for lighting a fire. It cannot be used on a fire or range to dry it out.

Dropping monsters Edit

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Source Combat level Quantity Rarity
Barrel (Viyeldi caves)N/A1Uncommon
Cave bug8; 121Common
Cave goblin11Uncommon
Cave goblin guard211Very rare
Cave goblin miner71Uncommon
Dagannoth (Waterbirth Island)78; 791Common
Ghast 28; 35; 63; 911Very rare
Giant rock crab951Common
H.A.M. Guard32; 441Common
Lensa (Rellekka)391Unknown
Ogre coffinN/A1Uncommon
Rock lobster1001Common
Spirit implingN/A10–26Unknown
Wall beast471Common
Werewolf63; 891Uncommon
Zombie11; 12; 14; 22; 29; 72; 74; 75; 77; 78; 79; 82; 84; 851Uncommon

Store locationsEdit

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Seller Cost Currency Base stock Members?
Aemad's Adventuring Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Al Kharid General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Ali's Discount Wares1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Arhein's Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Aurel's Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Bandit Duty Free1Coins 1Coins 10No
Beefy Bill's Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10No
Bolkoy's Village Shop1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Burthorpe Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Dal's General Ogre Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Dodgy Derek's Dirty Deals1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Dorgesh-Kaan General Supplies1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Dwarven Shopping Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Edgeville General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Falador General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Frenita's Cookery Shop1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
General Store (Canifis)1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Gift Shop1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Gunslik's Assorted Items1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Ifaba's General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Ignatius's Hot Deals1Coins 1Coins 60000Yes
Jiminua's Jungle Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Karamja General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Khazard General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
The Lighthouse Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Lletya General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Lumbridge General StoreFree sample-1No
Marcus Everburn1Coins 1Coins 10No
Marcus Everburn's Firemaking Shop1Coins 1Coins 10No
Mess Sergeant Ramsey's Cooking Supplies Shop1Coins 1Coins 10No
Miltog's Lamps1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Miscellanian General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Moon Clan General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Nardah General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
New Varrock General Store1zemomark10Yes
Obli's General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Papa Mambo's Shop1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Polypore Dungeon Supplies1Coins 1Coins 2Yes
Port Phasmatys General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Quartermaster (Tyras Camp)1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Quartermaster's Stores1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Razmire General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Rimmington General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Sigmund the Merchant1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Trader Stan's Trading Post1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Trader's Goods1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Varrock General Store1Coins 1Coins 10No
Void Knight General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
West Ardougne General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes
Zanaris General Store1Coins 1Coins 10Yes


  • The tinderbox had a graphics update on the 14th of July 2008.
  • After the graphics update on 14 July 2008, the tinderbox's look has changed. Its old form can still be seen on a table in Varrock general store.

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