v50 Steam/Premium information for editors
  • v50 information can now be added to pages in the main namespace. v0.47 information can still be found in the DF2014 namespace. See here for more details on the new versioning policy.
  • Use this page to report any issues related to the migration.
This notice may be cached—the current version can be found here.


From Dwarf Fortress Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
This article is about an older version of DF.
Pile of quicklime.

Quicklime is a stone-derived product used in the production of parchment.

Producing quicklime[edit]

Quicklime can be produced at a kiln or magma kiln by cooking any of the calcium carbonate stones (calcite, chalk, limestone, or marble). A dwarf must have the furnace operator labor active to do this. If you're using a standard kiln the process will consume one unit of fuel, and in either case you'll need an empty bag to store the finished product.


On its own, a bag of quicklime has no practical use. However, it can be further processed at an ashery into milk of lime, which is a crucial ingredient in the production of parchment. Much like certain other entertaining real-world materials, in-game quicklime does not pose any health hazard to your dwarves and can't be weaponized for its Fun reaction with water.


Quicklime is stored under "Boxes and Bags" in furniture stockpiles, which makes it difficult to separate from empty bags. One workaround is to set up a kiln dedicated to producing quicklime and a furniture stockpile set to take only from that kiln. Quicklime produced at this kiln will then be accepted only by the aforementioned stockpile, which can in turn serve as a feeder stockpile for your milk of lime ashery. This approach will not remove existing quicklime bags from circulation among your other "Boxes and Bags" stockpiles, and purchased quicklime will not be accepted there.

Real world[edit]

Quicklime (also known as burnt lime or calcium oxide) is a caustic, alkaline crystal that forms a fine white powder. While its use in Dwarf Fortress is very limited, in reality it is a common industrial product, with usage dating back to ancient times in roles as varied as production of plaster for homes to use as a primitive chemical weapon.

"Quicklime" in other Languages Books-aj.svg aj ashton 01.svg
Dwarven: bukèt-rômab
Elvish: emi-quidole
Goblin: slonân-xar
Human: nelti-vuli
More: GemsMetalsStones
BloodBoneBrainCartilageCheeseChitinEggFatFeatherHair (WoolYarn) • HoofHornIchorLeatherMilkNailNervous tissueParchmentPearlScaleShellSilkSkinSpitSweatTallowTearsToothWax
Fiber (PaperSlurry) • FlowerFruitLeafOil • Plant powders (DyeFlour) • Seed (Press cake) • Wood
AmberAshCoralFilthFuelGlassGrimeIceLyeMagmaMudPearlashPotashSaltUnknown substanceVomitWater
See also: Material science