How to Make Charcoal in Minecraft
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How to Make Charcoal in Minecraft

This is the quickest way to make charcoal in Minecraft!
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Charcoal is an obtainable item in Minecraft that can be used as fuel or to craft various tools such as torches and campfires. Which is what makes it a fantastic alternative to coal, and one of the more important basic items you need to have in your inventory. Although, before you can use coal you first need to know how to make it.

So, here is everything you need to know about how to make charcoal in Minecraft.

How to Make Charcoal in Minecraft

Simply discovering coal around you could be difficult depending on the region of the world you’re in. However, chances are that you at the very least have trees around you somewhere. This means that you should be able to make charcoal in Minecraft at any stage in the game. Plus, you shouldn’t be limited based on the platform either. Since charcoal is available on the java edition, pocket edition, and every other major gaming console as well.

Here’s what you need to make charcoal in Minecraft;

  • Wood Logs (of any kind)
  • Furnace
  • Fuel Source

Wood logs can be found just about anywhere on the map. While the furnace you will need to construct using eight cobblestones, which can be dug up from the ground. At this point, you will have everything you need to make charcoal in Minecraft. So, here’s how to do it;

  1. Turn your wood logs into wooden planks: First, you will need to take the wood logs you’ve obtained into four wooden planks. Which will then allow you to create a crafting table.
  2. Build a furnace: Take your crafting table and use it to build a furnace with the eight cobblestones you have gathered.
  3. Open your furnace and place wood logs on top: Place the wooden logs in the top box of the furnace and a fuel source (coal) in the box below. At which point you should see flames start to cook the log. Once the wood has burned in the furnace, charcoal should appear in the box to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get charcoal fast in Minecraft?

The process mentioned above will take a little over a minute to complete, as charcoal will burn in a furnace for around 80 seconds. However, this doesn’t include the time it takes to gather all of the necessary materials. Alternatively, campfires that get broken down without the “Silk Touch” enchantment will also drop two charcoal at a time. So, this could be a quicker way to get charcoal.

Is charcoal the same as coal in Minecraft?

Charcoal is a great alternative to coal because they both can be used as fuel. However, they differ in that charcoal cannot be traded, or crafted into a block variant. Whereas coal is tradeable and can be crafted into a block of coal. Which is a more efficient way of burning fuel compared to a single lump of coal.

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