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Dwarven Metal Ingot
Dwarven Metal Ingots were the metal of choice for the Dwemer. The method of producing these ingots was known only to them, and hence was one of many secrets lost with them. Due to the only source of this metal being the Dwarven ruins, the metal has come to be known as “Dwarven metal,” named after its creators. This metal neither dulls nor rusts.
Dwarven Metal Ingot
Ingot Crafting materialDwemer Artifact
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Guide
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A Dwarven Metal Ingot is a bar of metal that is created after smelting different Dwarven Metal items and can be used in Smithing to create Dwarven Armor and Dwarven Weapons. You cannot find Dwarven Metal Ores in Skyrim. Smelt the following metals to make multiple ingots out of them: Loading
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From UESP, here are all the items that can be smelted down and their ingot/weight
Of the three items that melt down to a ratio of 1.5 ingots/weight, they all weight 2 and produce 3 ingots from the smelting and thus are the most valuable to collect.
Of note from the uesp entry:
The basic idea is that the two different plates and the scrap metal are “worthy” of collecting:
Each of those will produce 1.5 times their weight in Dwarfen Metal Ingots (dont ask me how the physics of this works out). Interesting sidenote: the Large Dwemer Plate Metal and the Small Dwemer Plate Metal are effectively equivalent on every stat, despite their names suggesting differently.
The other stuff is not usually worth it, unless you dont worry about carry weight. The problem with those, is that they produce a lot less Dwarfen Metal Ingots than their weight would suggest (in decreasing order of ingots per weight-unit produced):
Any other “Dwemer” item that is on neither of those two lists cant be smelted to produce Dwarfen Metal Ingots at all: its vendor thrash (or used in the occasional quest).