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How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft

Wondering how to make charcoal In Minecraft? Let’s find out! Learn how to easily make charcoal, and what you can do with it.

Whenever you start a new adventure in Minecraft, there are certain things that you always do the same way to ensure that you have a solid start. 

Things like getting wood, getting stone, building a shelter, and getting coal to make torches and power your furnace are all important steps in starting your new world. But what if you could avoid one of these steps altogether.

How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft

What if, you didn’t need to venture into caves and scale mountainsides while hunting for coal ore, just because a substitute already existed in the game. 

How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft?

Charcoal is Minecraft’s natural coal substitute for players who don’t want to go to the effort of mining to find coal ores. Most players actually want to be able to see when they go mining for the first time, and charcoal is the only other alternative by which a player can make torches. 

Making charcoal is simple because, by the time you get around to thinking of going mining, you already have half of the work done. How? The first step to making charcoal is to get a wood log. 

How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft

It doesn’t matter which wood it is, although the most common is oak. Once you have your oak log, all you have to do is place it in the ingredient slot of a furnace and place one of your old wooden tools in the fuel slot. 

The furnace will end up using the tool as fuel and will smelt the log into charcoal.  

Is Charcoal Different From Coal?

Charcoal isn’t any different from coal except for the way that it is obtained. Coal can only be obtained by going mining, but charcoal can only be obtained by smelting a log in a furnace to create the fuel. 

On the other hand, similarly to coal, charcoal is a much better fuel source than old wooden tools, wooden planks, wood logs, sticks, and basically almost any other thing that can be burned. 

How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft

While materials such as wood logs or planks only last 16 seconds in the furnace as a fuel source, charcoal will last 5 times as long for a grand total of 80 seconds per piece of charcoal. 

Alternatively, charcoal cannot be made into charcoal blocks and has to be kept in stacks of 64.

What Can You Do With Charcoal In Minecraft?

Charcoal can be used for all the same things that coal can be used for in Minecraft. The primary and most common purpose here is definitely the creation of torches. Charcoal is used in crafting in the same way and produces the exact same number of torches. 

How To Make Charcoal In Minecraft

Charcoal can also be used instead of coal to make two other items in the game. 

  1. Charcoal can firstly be used to craft a campfire. This is done by placing the charcoal in the middle, filling the lower layer of the crafting table with wood, and surrounding the charcoal with sticks. This then creates a campfire. 
  2. Charcoal can also be used to create Fire Charges. This is done by placing the charcoal in the middle, blaze powder to the left of the charcoal, and gunpowder below it. This gives the player one Fire Charge. 


Charcoal is definitely a unique block that could be used as an alternative for coal in the earlier stages of the game. Similarly, the player can also use it to craft torches in a pinch, or just after they have died given how easy it is to obtain. 

Have you ever started one of your worlds with charcoal instead of coal? Let us know in the comments below.

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