If you’re enjoying survival in Stranded Deep, you may be looking to increase your stockpile of sustainable food in the most efficient way possible. One way to do this is with the Stranded Deep Hobo Stove, the third and final upgrade to the firepit. This one can be a little trickier to come by, so this guide will focus on how to obtain the resources for and craft the Hobo Stove in Stranded Deep.
How to Get a Hobo Stove
Once the player has crafted a campfire, it can be upgraded from the crafting menu. Three rocks and a campfire will allow the player to craft a firepit, which decreases fuel consumption and increases the amount of time they have to cook meat over an open flame.
The firepit also allows for three additional upgrades to be crafted on top of it. The first is the Fire Spit, which allows for an additional piece of meat to be cooked on the fire. The second upgrade is the Meat Smoker, which allows the player to not only cook up to five pieces of meat, but over time will smoke the meat as well. This prevents the meat from spoiling indefinitely, allowing the player to store it for emergencies or future voyages. The last upgrade is a Hobo Stove, which allows players to cook an infinite amount of meat.
To craft a Hobo Stove in Stranded Deep, you will need:
- Firepit (3 rocks + Campfire)
- Kindling (2 sticks)
- Meat to cook
- Barrel Scrap
Barrel Scraps can be found on Shipwrecks and inside Sea Forts. They will be found in groups of three, chained together. Hitting them with an axe will separate them and allow the player to transport them wherever they desire.
They cannot be placed in the player’s inventory and can only be carried. All three barrels can be used to make a Barrel Raft Base, but one barrel will have to be sacrificed in order to make the Hobo Stove. You’ll have to carry the barrel scrap over to your firepit, then open up the crafting menu and scroll down until you see the Hobo Stove.
Once selected, the player can then place the Hobo Stove barrel scrap on top of their firepit. The player can fit as many pieces of meat on the grill as they would like. This is the most efficient method for cooking lots of meat at once. However, it is important to note that the Hobo Stove does not preserve meat like the Meat Smoker does. Cooking meat on the Hobo Stove will still cause the meat to spoil if not consumed within a day or so. If the player wants to preserve their meat, they must do so using the Meat Smoker.
That’s all it takes to make a Hobo Stove in Stranded Deep, remember to stay close to the fire when cooking your meat; this will increase your cooking skill level which ultimately reduces the time it takes to cook meat.
Hobo Stove Not Working
Currently, on the console versions of the game, players have widely reported that the Hobo Stove is not working and is unable to be lit or refueled. This is a known bug that will likely be patched by Beam Team in the near future, so for now it is recommended to use an alternative method of cooking such as the Meat Smoker until a patch comes along.