|This article is about an older version of DF.|
- For built horizontal and vertical bars, see Bars.
A bar is a sub-type of building material (interchangeable with a block for that purpose), and is the base individual unit of metal, charcoal, coke, potash, ash, pearlash, and tallow soap. All metals are created as bars at a smelter, whether processed from ores, alloyed with other metals, or melted down from existing metal items.
Most bars are not an end-product, but are then used to produce something else:
All types of bars can also be used to build workshops, roads, bridges, and other constructions, as well as built as horizontal or vertical bars. (Be aware that some purposes suggest the use of fire-safe materials.) However, different bars require different labors to use in such construction projects - smithing for metal bars and masonry for all others (including bars of soap).
"Bars" of adamantine metal are referred to as "wafers", but when used as building material they function the same as any other bars.