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Pots are containers that function much like barrels, but can be made from other materials. They can be made from stone by a stone crafter at a craftsdwarf's workshop, ceramic at a kiln, glass at a glass furnace, wood at a craftsdwarf's workshop, or metal at a metalsmith's forge. Pots made from stone, stoneware, glass, wood, porcelain, metal, or glazed earthenware are water-tight and can be used to store liquids, and even for brewing. Unglazed earthenware can only be used for storing dry items. Metal pots are made using the metalcrafting skill, as opposed to metal barrels, which use the blacksmithing skill. The game refers to these containers sometimes as "pot" and sometimes as "large pot" but there is no actual distinction. Pots are stored in the Large Pots/Food Storage section of the Furniture stockpile. Pots are visible on the haul-for-trade screen under Tools section. Workshops that require a barrel for construction cannot use a pot instead.
Large pots are currently 1/4 as heavy as barrels made from the same material, and they have double the capacity. Typical wood is density 500, while typical stone is 2670 - so a stone pot will typically weigh 33% more than a wood barrel, while carrying twice as much. Only lignite or jet stone pots will be lighter than a typical wooden barrel. Fire clay 'stoneware' pots weigh the same as a wooden barrel, while earthenware pots are lighter but may need to be glazed.
Metal pots are strictly superior to metal barrels, gaining the weight savings and requiring only one bar to construct instead of three, with the only disadvantage being the special cases where pots cannot be used. Similarly, wooden pots are strictly superior to wooden barrels for hauling and storage.
A pot can accommodate up to 60 prepared meals, but, like barrels, will still hold a maximum of one stack of booze, regardless of size.
 Forging and Melting
- When a pot is melted down, it will return 0.3 metal bars/adamantine wafers for an efficiency of 30%
- Pots will not be used for processing sweet pods into dwarven syrup. Bug:4356
- Dwarves will sometimes leave pots in furniture stockpile even when using them to store food. Bug:3389