How to make charcoal in minecraft

How to make Charcoal in Minecraft? Mining and Usages

How to make charcoal in minecraft? To survive your first night in Minecraft, it is important to be able to see in the dark. Torches are necessary to prevent mob spawns, and coal can sometimes be hard to find, depending on the biome you start in. No matter where you spawn, chances are you will have trees nearby. This means that you can light up your surroundings with charcoal.

If you can find saplings, you will never run out of charcoal, unlike coal in the late stages of the game. Since saplings are nearly infinite, this means that charcoal is too!

how to make charcoal in minecraft education edition
how to make charcoal in minecraft education edition

Required items to make Charcoal in Minecraft 

  1. Wood logs (of any variety)
  2. Furnace
  3. Fuel Source

Burning wood logs is the primary way to make charcoal. Trees can be found almost anywhere, and each log will yield one piece of charcoal.

Eight cobblestones can be used to make a furnace, and as long as you do not spawn in the sky, you can dig down to find more stone.

You will also need a fuel source; if coal is difficult to find, you can always use wood.

How to make Charcoal in Minecraft?

In a Nutshell:

In the furnace GUI, place a wooden log in the top cell to make charcoal. Fill the lower cell with your choice of fuel, such as coal, wood, etc. Watch for the arrow in the middle to fill. Once your charcoal has been made, drag the green dye into your inventory.

Step-by-Step Guide:

This is a step-by-step guide for making charcoal in Minecraft:

Step-1 Start by tracking down a tree. Any tree will do, from the classic oak tree to an acacia or jungle tree.

Chop down the tree of your choice. You can do it with your hands.

Step-2 Once you have your wood logs, turn each log into a plank. You can now make a crafting table with your four planks.

Step-3 Set up your crafting table and make a pickaxe to gather stones. Gather at least eight cobblestones and make a furnace on your crafting table. You can now make charcoal with leftover wood, as long as you have a furnace. Put your wood logs on top of your furnace and turn it on.

You can fuel it with any leftover wood. You can cook 1.5 items using logs and planks if you’re worried about efficiency. As logs will make four planks and have the same cooking efficiency, it is much more efficient to turn them into planks for fuel.

You can also use leftover sticks to fuel your furnace, yielding 0.5 items per stick. Breaking it down further would result in a longer cooking time, since two planks make four sticks. Using wooden planks is therefore most efficient.

Step-4 Place your fuel of choice below the logs and wait for them to finish cooking.

How to use Charcoal in Minecraft?

In Minecraft, charcoal is very similar to regular coal. Charcoal can be used to fuel a furnace for the same cooking time as coal. Once your first piece of charcoal has been cooked, you can use it to make more charcoal.

Charcoal and sticks can be used as torches just like regular coal, so you can light the area around you.

For a campfire, you can also use charcoal instead of coal.


What is the burn time for Charcoal?

Charcoal burns for the same amount of time as coal. Each charcoal will burn for eight items. It is very exact, so make sure you put all eight items into the furnace at the same time, or else you may end up with only seven.

How do coal and charcoal differ in Minecraft?

Charcoal can be substituted for coal in many recipes. The difference lies in interactions like villagers trading. Many villagers will only accept coal as trade and do not recognize charcoal. Therefore, you should use charcoal to make torches or to fuel your furnace.

Charcoal cannot be turned into blocks like regular coal. Therefore, you can’t save space with charcoal, but it’s just as efficient in fueling your furnace as coal.


Even without mining coal, you now have the survival knowledge to light up your first night. Players often overlook coal, but it is a simple solution when running low on it. Once coal storage runs out, coal can be invaluable.

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