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Coal lumps are items mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore blocks.
Charcoal is an alternative to coal. It can be used for most of the same things coal can, except in creating coal blocks.
Aside from coal having the ability to craft blocks, coal and charcoal are functionally identical; except for the fact that they cannot stack together.
The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.
Coal ore mined using a pickaxe will drop 1 unit of coal. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it may drop an extra unit per level of Fortune, up to a maximum of 4 with Fortune III.
A wither skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.
When used in a furnace as a fuel, a coal lump or piece of charcoal lasts 80 seconds (8 operations).
Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by powered minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.
In Pocket Edition, in survival, if you put charcoal in a furnace you may be able to stack coal on the charcoal, and the coal with automatically change into charcoal. This also works backwards.
Coal and charcoal share the same ID name, which is
minecraft:coal, but charcoal has a data value of 1.
Note: The video does not show a crafting recipe for blocks of coal. This was before blocks of coal were added in 1.6.1.
Note: The video states that charcoal looks the same as coal. This was before 1.6.1, when charcoal's texture was changed.
|0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Added coal, which dropped when coal ore was lit on fire.|
|0.31 (January 31, 2010)||Coal may be mined from coal ore blocks, dropping one coal if mined by hand, or three when mined with a pickaxe.|
|December 25, 2010||Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor as a writing implement.|
|1.2||Charcoal was added, with the same texture as coal. It was not used as a writing implement.|
|Coal and charcoal texture changed.|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons.|
|1.6.1||13w18a||Coal can be used to craft coal blocks.|
|13w19a||Changed the charcoal texture.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.8.0||Coal can be crafted to make a block of coal.|
|0.8.1||Changed the charcoal texture|
|TU1||Added coal and charcoal.|
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