Quests are a great way of getting the first few Smithing Levels under your belt. Completing them is generally much faster (and quite cheaper) than Grinding through early Smithing Levels traditionally. Quests with higher requirements (and the longer ones) can be used for getting some additional Smithing Experience or as a small leap away from the boring, repeatable grind. They might be slower, but they are also certainly more engaging than using an anvil or a furnace nonstop for a few hours.
- Recipe for Disaster; Freeing Pirate Pete subquest (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 42 Crafting, 31 Cooking. Rewards: 1000 Smithing Experience, 1000 Fishing Experience, 1000 Crafting Experience, 1000 Cooking Experience). This is a part of the 10 part "Recipe for Disaster" Quest Chain. The above-mentioned part is worth doing, especially if you plan on completing the whole chain.
- Heroes' Quest (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 53 Fishing, 53 Cooking, 50 Mining, 25 Herblore. Reward: 2257 Smithing Experience, Attack, Defense, Strenght, Hitpoints, Ranged, Fishing, Cooking, Woodcutting, Firemaking, Mining, Herblore Experience, access to the Heroes' Guild). This is a rather long quest with somewhat low Experience rewards, but it also grants you access to the Heroes' Guild, so it is definitely worth doing at some point.
- The Giant Dwarf (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 14 Thieving, 16 Firemaking, 33 Magic, 12 Crafting, and optionally 20 Smithing, 20 Mining. 2500 Mining, Crafting, and Smithing Experience, 1500 Firemaking, Thieving, and Magic Experience). This might be worth doing if you are leveling up Smithing and Mining simultaneously.
- Between a Rock... (Optional, Skill Requirements: 40 Mining, 50 Smithing, 30 Defense. Reward: 5000 Mining, Smithing, and Defense Experience, a Rune Pickaxe). This is more of a Mining Quest, but it is worth doing if you meet requirements and plan on leveling up Mining as well. It also awards you with second best Pickaxe in the game (Rune Pickaxe requires 41 Mining to use), which is a nice bonus.
- Elemental Workshop I (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 20 Crafting, 20 Smithing, 20 Mining. Reward: 5000 Smithing Experience, 5000 Crafting Experience, access to the Elemental Workshop, ability to make Elemental Shields). Short Quest with good rewards and low requirements. It is worth completing, especially if you want to do part II as well.
- Devious Minds (Optional, Skill Requirements: 65 Smithing, 55 Runecrafting, 50 Fletching. Reward: 6500 Smithing Experience, 5000 Runecrafting Experience, 5000 Fletching Experience). Short Quest with good Experience rewards and medium skill requirements, definitely worth doing if you need a short leap away from the grind.
- Cabin Fever (Optional, Skill Requirements: 50 Smithing, 45 Crafting, 42 Agility, 40 Ranged. Reward: 7000 Smithing Experience, 7000 Crafting Experience, 7000 Agility Experience, access to the Mos Le'Harmless, 50% discount on the Charter Ship prices). Medium-length Quest, worth doing is want to taste the everyday life of a Pirate.
- Elemental Workshop II (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 30 Smithing, 20 Magic. Reward: 7000 Smithing Experience, 7500 Crafting Experience, ability to create Elemental Mind Equipment, ability to use Elemental Mind Equipment). Medium length Quest with rather good Experience rewards. Completing both parts of the Elemental Workshop Chain will award you with 12500 Smithing Experience, which is nothing to sneeze at.
- The Knight's Sword (Recommended, Skill Requirements: 15 Mining, 15 Smithing, 10 Cooking. Reward: 12725 Smithing Experience, an ability so smelt Blurite Ore into Blurite Bars, a Blurite Sword). This Quest alone is enough to get you from Level 1 Smithing to Level 29 Smithing, and you should strongly consider completing it, as it is more time efficient than standard Level Grinding (requirements for this Quest are very low, so you should consider completing it even if you don't meet some of them and will have to do some additional grind).
- Dragon Slayer II (Optional, Skill Requirements: 68 Mining, 75 Magic, 62 Crafting, 70 Smithing, 60 Agility, 50 Construction, 50 Hitpoints, 60 Thieving. Reward: 18000 Mining Experience, 25000 Smithing Experience, 15000 Agility Experience, 15000 Thieving Experience, access to the Myths' Guild, various other rewards). Very long and very difficult Quest suited for only the most experienced and dedicated Players, but it awards a lot of Smithing experience, so we are mentioning it here just in case.
If there are any OSRS Skilling rules, this is certainly one of them: If there is an item or a piece of equipment that can make your grind easier, you should use it. Below, we present you a list of items that will make your Smithing grind a little easier.
- Hammer, Bars, Ores - Smith's Bread and Butter. These are an absolute necessity (as you have guessed). Hammer is required for Crafting items out of Bars, Bars are needed for Crafting Items, and Ores are needed for Smelting Bars. The main portion of your expenses while leveling up Smithing will come from buying all the required materials. Trivial, but still worth mentioning.
- Stamina Potions - Energy drinks. These are not really required, but they are very useful when traveling is involved. If you plan on Skilling with the Blast Furnace, Stamina Potions may prove to be handier than you think (considering their extremely cheap price, you should always have some of them with you).
- Goldsmith Gauntlets - Shiny, shiny experience. These Gauntlets increase your Experience gained from smelting Gold Ore into a Gold Bar by about 2,5 times (from 22,5 to 56,2 Experience/Per Bar). They are a reward from the Family Crest Quest and can be obtained by giving Magical Steel Gauntlets and 25000 Gold Pieces to NPC Avan, located at the Kharid Mine. These are flat out required if you want to earn Experience efficiently when Smelting Gold Bars at the Blast Furnace.
- Ice Gloves - Probably made out of asbestos. These allow you to collect Bars at the Blast Furnace without the need to use a Bucket of Water, which frees up inventory space. Using them in a combination with the Goldsmith Gauntlets will allow you to maximize your Skilling efficiency at the Blast Furnace (you will have to swap between them because you can't wear two pairs of Gloves at the same time). They can be obtained from the Ice Queen, that can be found in the White Wolf Mountain.
- Coal Bag - double the Coal, double the Fun (efficiency). This Bag allows you to carry 27 pieces of Coal inside of it, effectively doubling the amount of Coal that you can carry, greatly increasing your Smelting efficiency. It can be bought from the Prospector Percy's Nugget Shop for 100 Golden Nuggets. Grinding the Nuggets might take some time, but it is worth it, especially if you plan on smelting Ores for profit in the future.
- Graceful Outfit - Be Light as a Feather. This set of Weight-Reducing Gear will allow you to run for longer, by reducing your Weight and providing you with a 30% boost to Run Energy Regeneration. The whole set provides a weight reduction of 25 kilograms. It can be bought in Parts from NPC Grace. Acquiring it will require ~55 Agility (needed to collect Marks of Grace from Rooftop Agility Courses). The whole Set costs 260 Marks, and you should start by buying Cape, Boots, Gloves, and Legs, as those parts provide you with the best Cost/Weight-Reduction ratio. Getting this can be quite of a hassle on its own, but it is worth it. This set is recommended for the Blast Furnace methods.