The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

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Item Recycling
Category: Miscellaneous
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Jul 22, 2013 @ 11:10pm
Jul 28, 2013 @ 8:27pm
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Item Recycling

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[]

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)
Sep 25 @ 5:19pm
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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Some Nov 12 @ 1:38pm 
Thank, The, Nines (skyrim reference) I can finally stop expolring for mines!
bgDoGGy Oct 26 @ 8:05am 
its funny how in nexus the mod is one version back and its uploaded just 2 days prior to the version we have here in Steam :D
Cowfish Oct 25 @ 2:24pm 
can you get gems from melting down glass armor?
WolfieTheWolf Oct 16 @ 6:08pm 
I agree with 1mjolnir. My game opens up and as soon as the bethesda sign goes away, the game crashes
1mjolnir Oct 15 @ 6:52pm 
Added the mod it said could load the renderer skyrim wont start. I unsubscribed and deleted the mod. It still wont load up. Tried to change the upload order. Still wont start.
corey.j.peet.csa Oct 14 @ 6:52am 
i love it! i was sooo dissapointed that this wasnt in the vanilla game!
jdm311 Sep 14 @ 4:05pm 
Super handy mod. Thanks!
Nanoha Sep 5 @ 10:57am 
This mod has turned me into even more of a kleptomaniac than I already was (and who isn't in Skyrim?). Not even the NPCs' cups are safe anymore!

I do like the melting down of armour etc but the jugs and cups etc; though great at first I felt like I had to steal everythign and I quickly kept gettign swamped with items. Also it does end up making the ingots (moonstone, silver) a bit too common.
Greez Aug 24 @ 9:44am 
And could you please make a version for all DLCs?
Greez Aug 24 @ 9:42am 
@㹝 There is no smelter in riverwood