Charcoal in Minecraft

Charcoal? What do you need charcoal for in Minecraft when you can use regular coal or just wood as fuel for the stoves? Here you’ll get a little digression into alternative energy sources in Minecraft.

Overview charcoal in Minecraft

  • Fuel and building material in Minecraft
  • More sustainable than coal
  • Made by charring logs
  • Uses up after eight burns

How to get charcoal in minecraft and how to use

First of all, charcoal has the same properties as regular coal. It can be used as fuel for stoves and other equipment (e.g. minecart with furnace) and can be processed just as well (e.g. torches or the like). However, charcoal has one decisive advantage: It burns just as fast as coal, but it is much more sustainable.

Are you tired of running to the mine for every building process, looking for charcoal and dealing with stone mining? Would you rather have a fuel resource that is sustainable and that you can grow over and over again? Charcoal is a better alternative!

How to make charcoal in minecraft

Charcoal is basically just charred logs. To make a first piece of charcoal, you can either use saplings, wooden tools (like the wooden swords that you never need again after the first time) or wooden steps.

This first burning process then produces charcoal, which you can use as fuel from then on, e.g. to burn logs and produce more charcoal.

  • 1st burning: e.g., seedlings, wooden tools, wooden steps + 1x block of logs = 1x charcoal
  • 2nd burning: charcoal + 1x block of log = charcoal

The use of charcoal

One piece of charcoal lasts for eight firings, which makes it equal to the classic hard coal. Charcoal is especially useful in the beginning (creating a new world, the first days), when you don’t want to create a mine or search all the caves right away. Or if you start in a world with few mountains around and don’t feel like tearing up all the ground right away.

It is also the most ecological and sustainable form of a fuel/fuel and building material. Trees are easy to replant and just as easy to take or cut down. Quite the opposite of costly (and time-consuming) stone mining methods. Especially because hard coal is not replaceable: Once it’s burned, it’s gone.

Did you know that…?

  • when you produce charcoal for the first time, you get the “renewable energy” award?
  • that the idea of charcoal as an object was brought to Minecraft founder Markus Persson (a.k.a. Notch) by the player Moleculor?

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