Scrapping refers to item gathering through scrapping junk or excess items into usable resources. For example, a Car Air Filter can be scrapped to obtain Scrap Iron, while a Lead Car Battery can be scrapped to obtain Scrap Lead.
Most, if not all metallic items can be scrapped into their scrap metals. However, Tungsten is the only metal that is unable to be scrapped as it currently does not have any items that can be scrapped into [[Scrap Tungsten]. Whether an item can be scrapped or not can be checked by placing the item anywhere in the crafting grid. If the respective scrap metal icon appears in the output slot, it means that the item placed into the crafting grid can be scrapped.
Scrapping is useful for saving space when needed, as many different items of a same material can be made to stack together. However, some metallic items should not be scrapped, an iron Rebar Frame and Iron Bars are useful for many other purposes.
Item to Scrap
There is a certain 'scrap efficiency', in which certain items, when scrapped, produces more scrap metal than other items. For example, a single Candy Tin Can yields the same amount of Scrap Iron as two Empty Cans.
To calculate the amount of scrap you'd get from items, divide the weight of the item by the weight of a single unit of the scrap metal. Some examples are given below.
- Scrap Iron has a weight of 0.5 lb.
- A single Hub Cap has a weight of 1.0 lb.
- 1.0 lb divided by 0.5 lb (1.0 ÷ 0.5) is equal to two units of Scrap Iron.
- There are many sources of Scrap Iron, the most out of all the other metals. Scrap Iron is mainly used for upgrading building blocks, and can also be used to make explosives.
- Scrap Brass has a weight of 0.5 lb.
- A single Brass Candlestick has a weight of 2.0 lb.
- 2.0 lb divided by 0.5 lb (2.0 ÷ 0.5) is equal to four units of Scrap Brass.
- There are very few sources of Scrap Brass compared to Scrap Iron. However, Scrap Brass is important for making most calibers of bullets, it can be considered a good find, provided it is found in large numbers.
- Scrap Lead has a weight of 1.0 lb.
- A single Lead Car Battery has a weight of 10.0 lb.
- 10.0 lb divided by 1.0 lb (10.0 ÷ 1.0) is equal to 10 units of Scrap lead.
- There are even fewer sources of Scrap Lead compared to Scrap Brass, but the Lead Ore is a rather common ore when mining. Lead is important for making both bullets and shotgun shells.