How to boil water with oven, campfire, stove and microwave  in Project Zomboid

In Project Zomboid, water is an essential resource for survival. However, the water you find in the world is often tainted and needs to be purified before it is safe to drink. In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the steps for gathering and purifying water in Project Zomboid.

Gathering Water

To gather water in Project Zomboid, you’ll need to find a water source, such as a river or lake, and use a container to collect it. A cooking pot or a bottle will work well for this. Simply right-click on the water source and select “Collect Water” to add the tainted water to your container.

Water Source

You can also place containers on the ground in the open and wait for rainy days, when the rain will fill the containers. Another option is to use a Rain Collector, which will automatically collect rainwater for you.

Purifying Water

Once you have collected some tainted water, you’ll need to purify it before it is safe to drink. The easiest way to do this is to boil the water. There are a few different methods you can use to boil water in Project Zomboid:

  1. Using a campfire: Gather some logs and a fuel source, such as scrap wood or ripped sheets of cloth. Use the crafting menu to create a campfire kit, and then light the campfire. Place the pot of water in the campfire and wait for it to boil.
  2. Using an oven: Preheat the oven and place the pot of water inside. Wait for the water to boil.
  3. Using a stove: Turn on the stove and place the pot of water on top. Wait for the water to boil.
  4. Using a microwave: Put the pot of water in the microwave and turn it on. Wait for the water to boil.
using a campfire
using an oven
using an stove
Sterilize by boiling in a microwave

To tell when the water is boiled and ready to drink, you can look for the contaminated icon to disappear.


By following these steps, you can safely gather and purify water in Project Zomboid. Remember, it’s important to purify water before drinking it to avoid getting sick. With clean water, you’ll be well on your way to surviving in the zombie-infested world of Project Zomboid.

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