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I've gathered metal ore from a mine, but the forge only uses iron bars to create items. I can't seem to find an option to convert my ore into bars; do I need a special kind of forge, or I am missing something obvious?

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What you are looking for is a furnace/smelter, which is typically in the shape of a very large, cone-shaped oven. Not all forges have a smelter, but Whiterun has one.

A list of all smelters can be found on this site

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  • where is the furnace in whiterun? – user14119 Nov 13 '11 at 2:20
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    Right next to Warmaidens, just a few feet past the forge, grindstone et al. – user14134 Nov 13 '11 at 4:47
  • Would be nice if Wimpey added Jeremy's comment to his answer – aranasaurus Dec 24 '11 at 18:16
  • I could, but it is much more convenient if I added the location of all smelters, which is what I did, just now. – Wimpey Dec 24 '11 at 18:40
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In addition to Wimpey's Answer, there is another smelter out in the field by Soljund's Sinkhole.

Much less accessible than the one in Whiterun, but this is just saying that another one is available.

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  • [Mind my profile] There are other smelters too! – Jim Jones Dec 24 '15 at 23:20

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