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Thermal Stone
Thermal Stone Stage 3.png
"Stores thermals for travel."
Rocks.png × 10Pickaxe.png × 1Flint.png × 3
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Alchemy Engine.png
Has no durability
Stores temperatures for travel
Stacks up to
Does not stack

Thermal Stone
Thermal Stone Stage 3.png
"Stores thermals for travel."
Rocks.png × 10Pickaxe.png × 1Flint.png × 3
Icon Survival.png
Alchemy Engine.png
8 uses
Stores temperatures for travel
Stacks up to
Does not stack

Wilson Portrait.png
I could manipulate its temperature.


Willow Portrait.png
A fire would liven this thing up!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
This round rock is like my head!


Wendy Portrait.png
There it sits, just taking up space.


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Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Its temperature is totally unremarkable.


Woodie Portrait.png
We call those "night rocks" back home.


Waxwell Portrait.png
A pocketful of stone and temperature.


Wigfrid Portrait.png
A stöne öf great use!


Webber Portrait.png
It's a rock.


Walani Portrait.png
It's rock temperature.


Warly Portrait.png
A temperature stone.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Me rock friend.


The Thermal Stone is a Survival item in Don't Starve. It requires an Alchemy Engine to prototype, and costs 10 Stones, 1 Pickaxe, and 3 Flint to craft. Its purpose is to delay body temperature change, preventing the player from Freezing in the Winter and Overheating in the Summer.

A Thermal Stone absorbs heat from fire, regardless of whether it is on the ground, in a Chest, or in the player's inventory. The size of the fire affects the maximum charge the stone can attain. A Thermal Stone itself has 120 points of insulation. A range 5 Thermal Stone can emit enough light to ward off Charlie.

Temperature Stages

A Thermal Stone's temperature is between -20° to +90°. There are five states depend on the temperature differential between itself and environment.

Thermal Stone Stage 1.png Freezing White : 30°+ lower than environment
Thermal Stone.png Blue : 30°-10° lower than environment
Thermal Stone Stage 3.png Grey : 10° lower - 10° higher than environment
Thermal Stone Stage 4.png Yellow : 10°-30° higher than environment
Thermal Stone Stage 5.png Glowing Orange : 30°+ higher than environment

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content

In the Reign of Giants DLC and Shipwrecked DLCs, cold Thermal Stones are used in the Summer or Dry Season to prevent Overheating. A Thermal Stone can be cooled by placing it next to an Endothermic Fire, in an Ice Box, or in the Snow Chester.

In the DLCs, two previous behaviors are changed:

  • While carried in any Backpack, including Insulated Pack, Thermal Stones can still affect the player's temperature.
  • Hot Thermal Stones no longer provide light.

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Moleworms can steal Thermal Stones, so caution must be taken, especially around Deciduous Forest biomes.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Thermal Stone is an ingredient for Ice Maker 3000.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together

In Don't Starve Together, Thermal Stones lose 12.5% of their durability every time its color changes to gray, so it's wise to maintain its temperature whenever feasible, so as to prolong durability. It can, however, be repaired with a Sewing Kit, one use of which will fully repair it.

Thermal Stones can be given to Antlion to make it happy.

TabTools.png Usage

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  • The crafting recipe allows even the most worn out Pickaxe to be used.
  • In Winter, the Thermal Stone actually freezes the player at its coldest state, and during Summer hot Thermal Stones overheat the player. Chester, Packim Baggims or Hutch can be utilized to carry the cold/hot Thermal Stones, without affecting player temperature. Companions are immune to effects of Freezing and Overheating.
  • Carrying multiple Thermal Stones in inventory slots gives minimal benefit as they would all cool down or warm up at the same rate, although all stones will transfer their heat to the player as long as the temperature of each stone is greater than the player's temperature, and vice versa.
  • Having more than one Thermal Stone, one carried with the player, the other one kept charged (near a fire for warmth, or in an Ice Box for cold) allows quick switching, instead of waiting for a single one to charge. 


  • This item was added in the Doorway to Adventure update.
  • The Thermal Stone was renamed from Heat Stone to best fit its functionality in the Reign of Giants DLC, since it can also be used to cool the player.
  • In the final release of the DLC, Where there's a Wilson..., the Thermal Stone received a new, cleaner asset for when it is at minimum temperature. Also in this update, the minimum temperature for the Thermal Stone was set to 25 in the Summer, solving the previous issue where holding a frozen Thermal Stone would cause freezing damage in the Summer.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • A Thermal Stone can be used to dry off a player with as much efficiency as a fire. As long as wetness is going down, the player can stand next to a thermal stone of any color to dry off quickly. This can help while using an Endothermic Fire, as it does not dry the player like a regular Fire.
  • In Reign of Giants and Shipwrecked, Thermal Stones are more effective in Backpacks, than when carried in inventory slots. Multiple Thermal Stones stored in a pack can multiply the rate that a player's temperature is affected. Carrying more than one Thermal Stone in a pack can overheat the player if both Stones are hot, even in the Winter. Conversely, two cold Stones in a pack can freeze the player, even in the middle of Summer.
  • In Don't Starve Together console edition, Thermal Stones sometimes may not heat up, even when placed next to a fire.

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