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Item Recycling
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Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:10pm
Jul 28, 2013 @ 8:27pm
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The Item Recycling mod adds over 180 new recipes for crafting ingots at smelters. Virtually every metal item in Skyrim can now be melted down into an ingot. This mod is perfect for thieves and blacksmiths alike. Worthless items like goblets and silver platters can now be melted down into silver ingots and sold to vendors. Blacksmiths who need a way of improving their smithing skill but have trouble finding enough ingots can simply melt down any iron they can find and then forge that iron into daggers. This mod gives meaning to alot of the seemingly benign clutter around Skyrim.

Version 1.4 has been released

Skyrim Nexus Version now available.
Click Here: Nexus Version[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

Please visit my Projected changes for subsequent updates discussion if you want to have a say in the changes in the next update.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of version 1.2 a new feature has been added that prevents you from melting down an item that you have equipped. This however will not prevent you from melting down weapons equipped in the left hand due to a limitation with the GetEquipped function of the creation kit. All other weapons, armor and shields are protected from meltdown when equipped.

WARNING: Weapons but not shields, held in the left hand are NOT protected from being melted down. Everything else is safe.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of version 1.1 the smelting menu is no longer massive and only shows items that can be crafted. If you do not have the items necessary to smelt an ingot then the ingot recipe will not be visible. For those of you that don't know this is in response to comments that the menu was to large and took to long to scroll through.


2 Daggers = 1 ingot
1 Sword = 1 ingot
1 Mace = 1 ingot
1 War Axe = 1 ingot
1 Warhammer = 2 ingots
1 Battle Axe = 2 ingots
1 Greatsword = 2 ingots
1 Bow = 2 ingots
45 Arrows = 1 ingot

1 Chest Piece = 2 ingots
1 Gauntlet Set = 1 ingot
1 Boot Set = 1 ingots
1 Shield = 2 ingots
1 helmet = 1 ingots

As stated earlier this mod adds over 180 new smelting recipes, this includes alot more than armor and weapons. Items such as Kettles and Silverware can now be melted down.


  • Dragon armor can not be melted down.

  • This mod does not include armor and weapons that are part of the Dragonborn DLC or the Dawngaurd DLC.

  • This mod does include Arrows.

  • I have all of the smelting recipes set to yield slightly less metal than was originally put into the weapon/armor. This is meant to add some challenge for blacksmiths who want to improve their skill. (so they can't repeatedly smelt and reforge daggers)

  • If you find any metal items in Skyrim (other than those listed above) that cannot be melted down then please leave a note in the comments. I probably missed a few.

  • Certain glazed jugs and bowls can be melted down into malachite.

  • Enchanted items can not be melted down.

  • Improved items can be melted down.

Any suggestions, comments, and/or constructive criticism are welcome.

Please give me as much feedback as possible.
I want to make this mod enjoyable for everyone.

Please direct all relevant suggestions to the discussions listed below.
If your suggestion does not fit the criteria of one of the discussions then put it in the comments below.

Please visit my Projected changes for subsequent updates discussion if you want to have a say in the changes in the next update.

I am going to make a second version of this mod that allows for items from the dragonborn DLC to be melted down. It will take quite a while so don't expect it to be released for at least four more days.

Please give me a thumbs up if you like the mod.

I have added a discussion for Complaints, Glitches and Issues.
If you intend on unsubscribing please put your reason in that discussion.

I'm sorry I haven't released the Dragonborn version of this mod yet. I did not expect this mod to become so popular and it is getting a little bit overwhelming. Rest assured, I will release a dragonborn version before 8/10/2013. I would release it sooner but I am in the process of updating and maintaining this mod right now.
Popular Discussions View All (8)
Jan 10 @ 1:06am
Items that you find that cannot be smelted but should be smeltable
Oct 18, 2013 @ 11:20am
Suggestions for the number of ingots produced by smelting
Dec 25, 2014 @ 11:16pm
Projected changes in subsequent updates
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ttpowell Mar 23 @ 10:38pm 
I know it's small but I really like that it doesn't break down what you are wearing. Great mod ! I'm one that this is aimed towards. I loot everything I can and get disappointed when It isn't money worth carrying it. Thanks for this!
Cynical Sadist Mar 21 @ 12:19am 
Statements might be said already by other people but I'll say it anyway. steel war axes don't seem to want to be smelted down most of the time. at one point I would be able to but never again afterwards. Beyond that this is a great mod
elemental_prod Mar 19 @ 10:31pm 
Great mod! Why this wasn't in game at onset, who knows? Seems common sense. Thanks for creating this! One of my 'must have' mods.
Vermilicious Mar 14 @ 6:10am 
Makes sense that you could melt stuff. It's just that smithing is pretty much useless.
cjesgo Mar 12 @ 8:44pm 
THANK YOU! you have no idea how many daggers I have (about 50) and now I can make ingots out of them! :D
Cea Rosetti Feb 28 @ 1:36am 
I can't melt down steel war axes. (They are stolen, but I should be able, shouldn't I?)
Mark the Awesome Gamer Feb 25 @ 11:19am 
Remove malachite thing and all will be good, Thank you for Mod I love IT!!
YOM2 Feb 24 @ 8:27am 
It seems that flagons (00044e70) can't be melted down. Could you consider adding that?
zidene666 Feb 21 @ 9:33am 
10 arrows makes 1 ingot. way to overpowered. also didnt an older version of this mod allow for recycling leather armor at the tanner? i cant think of another mod that allowed that... but please fix the arrow thing at least... really really bad. can create infinate ingots, so i dont even want to use it
AbadopolGrimspree Feb 13 @ 5:22pm 
Can you say,"Right after talking to the Jarl of Whiterun about the dragon and Helgen you can take the silver dishes and melt them down and make lots of jewelry to sell for a quick amount of free coin?"..."Yes...I can."
"Much appreciated."