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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 smelted from ores or melted down from existing metal items.

Most bars are not an end-product, but are then used to produce something else:

Bar of... Use
ash makes potash or lye
or coke
powering standard forges, smelters, kilns, and glass furnaces,
and for making pig iron and steel
metal metalsmithing
pearlash needed ingredient for clear or crystal glass
potash used as fertilizer, makes pearlash
soap none

Metal bars can also be used to build workshops, roads, bridges, and aqueducts.

"Bars" of adamantine metal are referred to as "wafers", but when used as building material they function the same as any other bars.

See also: