How to Make Charcoal in Minecraft

To survive during your initial night of Minecraft, it is crucial that you are able to discern in the darkness. 

Torches are required to avoid mob spawns and finding coal may be difficult based on the biome you start in. 

However, regardless of the location, you choose to spawn there is a good chance you’ll have trees around. This means you’ll be able to light your surroundings using charcoal.

Like charcoal, coal is renewable, and you don’t need to be concerned about running out in the last stage of the game, provided there are saplings. 

Since saplings are almost infinite, that means charcoal is also!

The items needed to create Charcoal in Minecraft

  1. Holz logs (of any kind)
  2. Furnace
  3. Fuel Source

The most important ingredient in making charcoal is the burning of wood logs. They can be found virtually everywhere and every log will produce one charcoal.

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A furnace can be constructed by using eight cobblestones and so long as you don’t create a new one out of heaven, you can dig to find more stones.

Also, you will require the fuel source, in the event that coal is not easy to locate, you can utilize any other wood-based item.

How do I create Charcoal using Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

To create charcoal, put wood in the top cell on the GUI for the furnace. Fill in the bottom cell using the desired amount of fuel, such as wood or coal. Then, wait for the arrow to appear that is in the middle of the cell to become filled. Once you have created your charcoal you can simply click on the green dye, then add it to your inventory.

Step-by-Step Guide(with Pictures):

This is the step-by-step picture guide to follow in order to create Charcoal within Minecraft:

Step 1 In the beginning, you must track the tree. Any tree can be used, from the traditional oak tree to the acacia and the jungle trees.

Cut down the trees you prefer. Your hands will perform the trick neatly.

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Step 2 After you have gathered your wood logs, you can turn the log into planks. With four planks, you are now able to construct your own crafting table.

Step 3 Put your crafting table and use a pickaxe to gather stones. Collect the cobblestones to at most eight and build a furnace at your table for crafting. Install your furnace until you have leftover wood, you can create charcoal. Then open your furnace and place your logs of wood on top.

It can be fuelled with any wooden leftover. If you’re concerned about the effectiveness, logs and planks can boil 1.5 items. It’s much better to convert logs into planks that can be used for fuel since logs form four planks and are the same for cooking.

The leftover sticks can be used to provide fuel for your furnace and yield 0.5 objects per stick. Because two planks equal four sticks, you’d be wasting cooking time by breaking it further, it’s best to make use of wooden planks.

Step 4 Set the fuel of your preference below the logs and then, wait till the fire logs are cooked.

Now you have charcoal waiting to be used!

How to use Charcoal in Minecraft?

Charcoal is quite like regular coal in Minecraft. Charcoal can be used to power your furnace and it has the same time of cooking as coal. 

So once the first piece of charcoal is prepared, you can make use of charcoal to create more charcoal.

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It is possible to turn sticks and charcoal into torchers similar to regular coal and with it, you can also light up the space surrounding you.

You could also make use of charcoal instead of coal to make an outdoor campfire.


Q. What is the burning timing for Charcoal?

The charcoal burns for the same duration as the coal. Each one of them will burn up to 8 items. 

Like regular coal, it’s very precise. Ensure that you have all eight of them in the furnace at the same time otherwise you could get just seven.

Q. What’s the distinction between coal and charcoal used in Minecraft?

Many recipes that call for coal are able to be replaced by using charcoal. The difference can be seen in transactions like villager trade. 

A lot of villager traders will only accept coal but will not acknowledge charcoal as a currency in trades. 

Therefore, you should utilize charcoal for everyday cooking such as torches, or to fuel your furnace.

Charcoal isn’t able to be converted into blocks, like regular coal. 

So you won’t be able to conserve space using charcoal but it is the same efficient as coal when it comes to the process of fueling your furnace.

Final Words


You have now the information to make the most of your first night, even without coal mining. 

Charcoal is one of the things that most users overlook but it’s a straightforward solution when you are running out of coal. 

It could prove useful when coal storages run out.

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