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So this is the first time I've played the Kittens Game and I have no idea what I have to do to get iron? I need it for some upgrades but so far I don't get how to produce it. Help??

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    Have you researched "Metal Working" in the science tab? – troylatroy Mar 13 '15 at 19:02
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Iron is produced by Smelters from Minerals and Wood. Smelters can be built once you've discovered Metal Working. You also need to research Construction to unlock Iron.

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    And to head off the next (highly common) question, once you've built smelters, make sure to turn them on or they won't produce anything. (The +/- buttons on the Smelter control that.) – Mason Wheeler Mar 13 '15 at 21:08
  • That means click the text Smelter (0|0), to build a smelter. Which makes it Smelter (1|0). Then click the + button to make it Smelter (1|1) to being production. – MichaelHouse Mar 13 '15 at 22:09
  • I'm fairly sure you could unlock Iron before Construction and use it on things like upgrading your farming/woodcutting equipment. – Muz Nov 23 '15 at 1:46
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To make your first iron:

1) Research [Science] 'Mining' to unlock the 'mine' building.

2) Research [Science] 'Metal Working' to unlock the 'smelter' building.

3) Assign at least one kitten as a miner to produce minerals.

4) Assign at least one kitten as a woodcutter to produce wood (fuel).

5) Build a smelter and turn it on.

6) A smelter consumes minerals and wood and produces iron.

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