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I found a wood axe and a chopping block near to each other in a camp somewhere and so became aware that I could use the axe with the chopping block to (very slowly) produce firewood.

Does firewood have any purpose other than just being low-value merchant fodder?
Can I set up camp fires, maybe, or something else?

Also, does a chopping block ever run out like ore seems do?
(I got bored quickly so didn't test more than a couple of chops)

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I wonder if the answer to this changes with the Hearthfire DLC. Too bad I only have Skyrim on the PS3. :-( –  Iszi Sep 10 '12 at 16:51
    
Do you have to have the dlc to make arrows? –  user36000 Oct 24 '12 at 20:17
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In most of the locations where you can chop firewood, there will be an NPC nearby who will buy any firewood you chop for 5G a piece. Early in the game, it's a nice way to raise a few coins while running AFK to grab a drink or while typing up a question or answer here at Gaming.SE.

Firewood is also used to improve a few low level weapons, notably the Long Bow, at a grindstone.

And yes, the supply is unlimited. The truly dedicated could chop enough wood to buy and furnish a house.

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...firewood is also used to create ebony arrows at a forge.. ..along with ebony.. =D –  user31897 Sep 10 '12 at 16:01
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Firewood just seems to be low-value merchant fodder. There are a few more of these things, for example you can go to a saw mill and load logs/ cut them, you can pick crops for farmers and get paid for it. Doesn't have much a purpose other than to add a bit of average joe jobs to the game.

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It is also probably put in the game by Bethesda as a modders resource. They probably think that when the construction set comes out, someone will make it so you can light a fire or put them on extinguished fires at camps. Mostly, it is just used for making some easy gold.

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Someone will definitely do this. If they don't, I will! –  SevenSidedDie Nov 21 '11 at 3:21
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Most of the mods that add craftable arrows require firewood as a component (plus the various ingots for arrowheads) –  Shadur Jun 28 '12 at 11:24
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Go to Whiterun and then in front of The Bannered Mane is a wood cutter block. Use it then go inside and sell your firewood. Easy profit :D

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There is a man in Morthal who buys your firewood. He stands right next to the woodmill and the wood cutter block. In my experience that's the best place to sell, since you dont even have to walk (making it easy even when you get overloaded).

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I have worked out the math here:

  1. 1 log = 2 planks (the finished product that ends up in your inventory)
  2. 1 plank = 5g
  3. 1 chop cycle = 1 bundle=6 planks=30g
  4. 2-3 chop cycles = PROFIT :D YEAH!!

Also good for improving a few basic weapons (namely the long bow) to increase profit 2x-3x :) good way to make some easy cash :D

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You can use the firewood to create arrows at a blacksmith's forge if you have the Dawnguard DLC.

Ebony arrows require a Smithing level of 80 and the Ebony perk to create.
1 x Ebony Ingot
1 x Firewood

Daedric arrows require a Smithing level of 90 and the Ebony perk to create.
1x Firewood
1x Ebony Ingot
1x Daedra Heart

Dragonbone arrows require a Smithing level of 100 and the Dragon Armor perk to create.
1 x Dragon Bone
1 x Firewood

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Dragonbone arrows are also part of the new Skyrim DLC Dawnguard (and probably quite a few unofficial mods). You won't be able to get them in vanilla Skyrim. –  Yuki Jun 28 '12 at 2:00
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