|“|| A simple torch -- the same kind that's dispelled the darkness for thousands of years. Might even keep the Wolves at bay.|
The torch is a craftable tool which creates light and a small amount of heat, adding 3°C to your "feels like" temperature.
The torch works like a flare, lighting up the surrounding area and scaring away wolves, but It is not as effective at scaring wolves. While carrying a lit torch, a wolf will run up to you and stand a short distance away, similar to a fire. Throwing a lit torch at a wolf usually scares the wolf into running away, but not always.
A lit torch can be extinguished for later use. It can be re-lit indoors or when the weather is calm by selecting it with the '1' key, then pressing the left mouse button and selecting a match or firestriker.
Unlike the flare or storm lantern, torches cannot be lit in overly windy weather. However, crafting a torch only uses 0.10 liters of kerosene, and it will burn for just over 7 minutes (or nearly 1.5 in-game hours). In that same period of time, a storm lantern will burn over three times as much kerosene, making torches the optimal choice of light sources if a player happens to be low on kerosene and unlikely to be cooking raw fish for more oil in the future.
In more difficult game modes, where matches are far less common, it strongly advised to start fires by lighting a torch, and then use the burning torch to light your fire. This way, you do not waste a match with a failed fire starting attempt.
You can craft one 100% durability torches at a workbench, or you can pull a torch from any fire with 10-50% durability, reducing your fire by 10 minutes and 1°C per torch (the fire must have at least 10 minutes duration remaining).
Torches cannot be repaired. They can be 'recycled' by adding them to fires or harvested for 1 x Stick.