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A range of old buckets.

Buckets are made of wood at a carpenter's workshop or metal at a metalsmith's forge or magma forge. They are used by dwarves carrying water, making lye, milking animals and cleaning wounded dwarves. Milk and lye can also be stored in buckets, but dwarves will prefer to empty the buckets into suitable barrels. A bucket is also needed for the construction of a well, a soap maker's workshop, an ashery or a dyer's shop. To make a wooden bucket, push q and highlight the carpenter's workshop. Then push a to add a new task, and push e to make a wooden bucket. A carpenter-dwarf will fulfill your request when he has time.

Buckets of all types are stored in the furniture stockpile.

Metal buckets are one of the few objects made with blacksmithing that uses 1 bar, with blocks being the other. This makes them useful for training blacksmiths, as the buckets can be melted down for a single bar, and training can occur even when metals are scarce.

In temperatures below freezing point, such as within glacier layers, water will freeze inside buckets, rendering them unusable (and disabling wells, which will show a "bucket full" message). To avoid that, build wells and hospitals (the main destination of water) down below the glacier, in earthen layers. To recover a frozen bucket, dump the ice within it.


Sometimes, rather than acquiring menacing spikes, hanging rings, bands, encrustation or an image, a bucket will instead gain a material for its handle when decorated.