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The Minecraft Barrel

The Minecraft barrel is a valuable and versatile block Introduced in the ‘Village & Pillage’ update. It is probably mostly known for its use as an alternative storage solution to the traditional chest. However, the Minecraft barrel has a unique set of characteristics that make it an overall popular choice among players. We’ll take a look at everything you need to know about the MC barrel, its uses and how to craft it.

Overview Minecraft Barrel:

  • offers 27 slots of storage
  • crafting: wooden planks & slabs
  • can’t be connected like chests

What Is a Minecraft Barrel?

Aesthetically, a Minecraft barrel has a distinct appearance that resembles a real-world wooden barrel. This design allows it to seamlessly blend into a variety of building styles, particularly in rustic, medieval or nautical-themed constructions. While the Minecraft barrel’s texture is consistent no matter what material you use for crafting, there are certain texture packs or mods like the ‘Reinforced Barrels’ mod, that alter its appearance. This way it varies depending on the type of material used in its crafting, offering further customization to match different architectural designs. These mods might also change the number of available slots for storage.

Why and How to Craft a Barrel in Minecraft 

In terms of functionality, the Minecraft barrel boasts the same storage capacity as a single chest, providing 27 slots for items and blocks. However, it is not possible to combine two barrels like with double chests. Considering one of its most notable features, a Minecraft barrel still proves as a great alternative to chests: it can be opened even if there’s a block directly above it, unlike chests which require an open space above. This characteristic makes barrels incredibly space-efficient. Therefore, a Minecraft barrel is especially useful in compact areas such as small houses, ships or underground bases. And let’s not forget that not even a cat sitting on a Minecraft barrel can stop you from accessing it, as it happens a lot with chests they like to sit on. 

The Minecraft Barrel Recipe

As with all the other items and blocks, one of the first questions that comes up is ‘How to craft a barrel in Minecraft?’ Luckily, crafting a Minecraft barrel is a straightforward process. Here’s a step-by-step guide beginning with the necessary materials.

Minecraft barrel recipe

6x wooden planks (any type) + 2x wooden slabs (any type) = 1x barrel

Materials Needed:

  • 6x wooden planks
  • 2x wooden slabs

One of the major advantages with the Minecraft barrel is the fact that not all the planks and slabs have to be of the same kind. You can use any type of wood:

  • acacia
  • birch
  • dark oak
  • mangrove
  • oak
  • spruce
  • tropical

Remember: neither all six planks nor the two slabs must be of the same type of wood. Now that it’s clear what ingredients are needed, let’s get to the next step.

Crafting Process:

First, ensure you have a crafting table. If you don’t have one, create it by placing 4x wooden planks in the crafting area of your inventory, filling all the squares. If you already have a crafting table, you can go on to crafting the Minecraft barrel.

  1. Open the crafting table.
  2. Place the materials in the crafting table.
  3. Arrange the planks and slabs in the 3×3 crafting grid of the crafting table as seen below.
  4. Complete the craft. 

The pattern is important. Place the 6x wooden planks in the first and third column. Leave the middle slot free and put the wooden slabs in the middle column in the first and third row. That’s how to craft a barrel in Minecraft: easy and useful.

The Minecraft Barrel in the In-Game Society

A simple Minecraft barrel also plays a role in village dynamics. It functions as a job site block for fishermen villagers. When a barrel is placed near an unemployed villager, it has the potential to turn them into a fisherman. This leads to them offering you unique trades and interactions. It also supports your quest to gain XP or collect emeralds. So, manipulating some villagers to become fishermen is not only useful but also easy considering all you need is a Minecraft barrel.

As a result of a Minecraft barrel serving as storage space, it can also help you keep all your items sorted. While barrels do not directly interact with redstone, they can be effectively integrated into automated storage systems. Their ability to be opened even when blocked from above makes them an ideal choice for compact sorting systems using hoppers and redstone comparators. This makes a Minecraft barrel even more valuable than a chest sometimes.

Conclusion: Minecraft Barrel

In conclusion, the Minecraft barrel is a functional and aesthetic storage option that offers players flexibility in both organization and design. Its ability to fit into small spaces, coupled with its unique look, makes it a valuable addition to any player’s toolkit. A huge advantage? As you only need materials that you gain by cutting wood, you can craft your Minecraft barrel very early in the game and without much knowledge. Whether used in a quaint village house, a sprawling underground base or as part of an intricate storage system, the Minecraft barrel is a testament to the game’s ability to blend practicality with creativity. And where would you want to test how much storage a MC barrel offers? A Minecraft server from G-Portal would be the right place, don’t you think? After all, have fun crafting!

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