How to make charcoal in Minecraft

How to make charcoal in Minecraft

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Charcoal is a renewable item in Minecraft that can be used as fuel or as a craft recipe to make torches. Coal and Coal used to have the same texture, but they changed it later to avoid confusion between players. Since Coal is a bit harder to find since Minecraft 1.18, you may find yourself stuck in the Deep Dark without a torch or Coal, and need an alternative. Charcoal is exactly that, so here is a guide on how to make charcoal in Minecraft.

How to make Minecraft charcoal

The first thing you need is a workbench. If you don’t already have one in your inventory, you’ll need to get wood from a tree and craft four wooden planks. Then place them back into your crafting menu to make a crafting table.

Create a Minecraft Crafting Table

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Now that you have a workbench, you will need to craft a furnace. To do this, you’ll need eight Cobblestone or Cobbled Deepslate, which you can collect by mining with a pickaxe. Once you have eight cobblestones, place them around the outside of the crafting grid, leaving the center square empty.

As long as you have a furnace and wooden logs in your inventory, you can make charcoal wherever you have them. Place lumber, stripped lumber, logs, or stripped logs in the top box of your furnace interface. Put any fuel (including logs or wood) in the bottom box and it will turn your wood into charcoal.

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where to find coal

Coal can also be found in your Minecraft world, but it’s easier to craft. However, if you come across a campfire, either your own or in a town, destroy the campfire with a tool that doesn’t have the silktouch enchantment equipped and you’ll receive two pieces of coal.

You can also get coal using minecraft commands. To use the dar command in the Java edition, type the version you are using and type the command /dar @p coal 1 in your chat for a piece of coal. To get more information, just change the number at the end!

You can’t trade coal with villagers, so you can only craft or get it from Campfires.

how to use charcoal

You can use charcoal as a substitute for charcoal, and it works as a good fuel for your oven to cook food. Although you can use charcoal to replace charcoal in crafting recipes, that doesn’t mean you can use it to craft charcoal blocks.


You can also use it to craft torches, which is useful if you’re in a biome where you can’t easily find coal.

To craft a torch, you need a stick and a piece of charcoal. Place them on your workbench with the charcoal on top of the stick and you’ll get four torches. This will ensure you don’t get overrun by mobs, especially when mining more underground.

Minecraft Torch Craft

There’s nothing worse than being surrounded by mobs on your first night, so torches are vital to keeping you safe and having decent cover around you.

You can also make a soul torch out of charcoal. Make a torch as you normally would, place Coal in the top center square, and in the center square, place your Stick and include some Soul Sand or Soul Soil in the bottom center square.

If you’re wondering what the difference is between a Soul Torch and a regular Torch, it’s not just the color of the flame. The soul torch is blue and also dimmer than the standard torch, but you can also use it to ward off Piglins in the Nether.


Charcoal is the central ingredient for making a campfire. You can use a campfire to cook food, just like your Furnace, but it can also be a source of light and a smoke signal.

If you travel further from home, you have a better chance of finding your way back. It also means you can free up your furnace to melt down ingots and other resources.

To make a campfire, place the charcoal on the center square of your workbench. Place three sticks around it in the shape of a triangle, and on the bottom row, place three pieces of wood. With this location, you will be able to create your campfire.

Fire load

You can do a Fire Charge with Coal or Coal, which is useful when traveling. It can work as a substitute for Flint and Steel and can prime TNT or light Nether Portals and Campfires.

When fired from a Dispenser, you can use it as a small fireball. In this way, you can take a portable fire pit with you.

To craft a Fire Charge, place your Coal on the center square of your crafting table. Put some Blaze Powder in the square above it, and in the square below the Charcoal, place your Gunpowder. Then you will get some fire charges in your inventory.

Charcoal and Coal can craft the same items, but have different benefits. As a fuel, Coal melts more elements per stack than Charcoal. Coal will make eight items per stack, while Coal will double this amount. The benefit of Charcoal is that it is completely renewable. As long as there is a tree and a Furnace nearby, you will always have access to Charcoal.

Considering how fast you’d like to craft and how much you want, it’s essential to keep these in mind when deciding whether to use Coal or Charcoal as your primary resource. Generally speaking, you’ll use Coal as your primary source for as long as you can find it, turning to Charcoal when you’re desperate!

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