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Box of Matches
Item Matchbox.png
Stacks of 1
Inventory slots

1 Tool slot

Use to

Create and Light Fireplace

You also need

Wood Pile

Duration 6
Location(s) Residential/Civilian
Rarity Rare


A Box of Matches is a consumable item in DayZ that allows the creation of a Mod:Fireplace.


Box of safety matches for starting a fire under controlled conditions.
~ In-game description

A Box of Matches is used to create a Fireplace in conjunction with a Wood Pile, which can be used to turn Raw Meat into Cooked Meat and recover temperature. It functions great with a Hunting Knife, which is required to gut animals for their Raw Meat.

The Box of Matches do not use up usual inventory slots, but go into the tool slots below the sidearm slots. However, a Box of Matches will use one inventory slot when stored in the backpack. There are a limited number a matches in the box, however: After several uses, it will be emptied.

If the player does not have wood, they can use a Hatchet to harvest wood from a tree within a forested area of the map; these areas appear green on the Mod:Map. Wood can also be obtained from loot piles found within Farm areas, such as barns and stables.

The wood is needed as fuel for the fireplace, otherwise the fire will extinguish after a set period of time, usually around fifteen minutes. Players can extended the lifetime of a fireplace by adding wood to the fireplace's inventory, but beware, the fire will destroy any items a players adds to the fire's inventory when they exit the inventory menu.


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