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How to Make Charcoal in Minecraft? [2022]

Written by, Mihajlo Trajcheski

Updated June, 3, 2022

Charcoal is one of the basic items in any Minecraft player’s inventory. 

Since you can’t mine in the darkness and you need something to light up your way, here’s how to make charcoal in Minecraft. 

What You Need to Make Charcoal

The Minecraft charcoal recipe for making coal is simple. You need:

  • Wood Logs (of any wood type)
  • Furnace
  • Fuel Source

You can get Wood Logs for the Minecraft charcoal by punching or chopping down trees in the game, but you can’t make charcoal with Wooden Planks. To make a furnace, you need to gather at least eight cobblestones or Blackstone.

How Do You Make Charcoal in Minecraft Survival?

Survival mode in Minecraft means hard work. If you’ve just started playing or just can’t find your find a way to make charcoal in Minecraft, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.

  1. Find trees to mine Wood Logs. You can make Wood Logs with any type of tree
  1. Chop off some logs using either your hands or an iron ax. 
  1. If you don’t have a crafting table yet, make one. You’ll first need to get 4 planks of wood. 
  1. Now gather some cobblestone or Blackstone. Find a block of stone and take your pickaxe to mine. You need at least eight pieces to create your furnace.

    Once you have them, place the pieces around the outside perimeter of the crafting GUI. 
  1. Open the furnace menu and put any fuel of your choice in the bottom fuel box.
  1. On the top box of the furnace, add the Wooden Log. 
  1. Once done, you’ll see the charcoal in the box on the right. You can then move it into your inventory. 

Uses of Charcoal in Minecraft

Minecraft players primarily use charcoal as a furnace fuel. It is considered a good substitute for coal, though the two items are different in a couple of ways. For example, you can’t trade charcoal with the villagers. 

One piece of charcoal can last up to 80 seconds in the furnace (as fuel) and smelt up to eight items. It’s also one of the two items that can be used as fuel in furnace minecarts.

Players also need charcoal to craft torches and or campfires.

In Minecraft, you need torches to prevent mobs from spawning around you at night and to light your way when it’s dark. Campfires are similarly a source of light and are used for cooking, as traps, sending smoke signals, and for aesthetic purposes. 

Bottom Line

As more people continue to play video games such as Minecraft, knowing more about how to craft items could help you enjoy the game in the long run. That said, the process of making charcoal in the game is simple and can be done in a couple of minutes (provided that you have the right items).

Frequently Asked Questions And Their Answers

How do you make charcoal in Minecraft survival?

If you’re wondering how to make charcoal in Minecraft and whether it’s worth it, the short answer is “yes.” All you need is a couple of Wooden Logs, a furnace, and any type of fuel at your disposal. 

As someone who grew up gaming and always had a love for random facts, being able to write about gaming and technology for a living has been an absolute treat. Whenever I’m not researching my next topic for Don’t Disappoint Me, I am deflecting the attacks of Bosses in Sekiro, investigating a murder in Disco Elysium, helping Zagreus escape the underworld in Hades, or flanking enemies in Call of Duty with my squad. Having studied English language and literature has helped me merge these two worlds of random facts and gaming into a fulfilling career.