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Coal
Coal.png
Coal
Type

Raw Materials

Durability

N/A

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearance

Indev 0.31 (January 29, 2010)

Data value

dec: 263 hex: 107 bin: 100000111

Name

coal

Charcoal
Charcoal.png
Charcoal
Type

Raw Materials

Durability

N/A

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearance

Beta 1.2

Data value

dec: 2631 hex: 1071 bin: 1000001111

Name

coal


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.

Obtaining[edit]

The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.

Mining[edit]

Coal ore mined using a pickaxe will drop one 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.

Crafting[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Coal

Block of Coal




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Coal9

Block of Coal



Smelting[edit]

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe

Coal

Coal Ore +
Any fuel

Coal Ore Grid layout Furnace Progress.png Coal
Grid layout Fire.png
CoalCharcoalOak WoodOak Wood Planks

Charcoal

Any Wood +
Any fuel

Oak WoodSpruce WoodBirch WoodJungle WoodAcacia WoodDark Oak Wood Grid layout Furnace Progress.png Charcoal
Grid layout Fire.png
CoalCharcoalOak WoodOak Wood Planks

Wither Skeletons[edit]

A Wither Skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.

Natural generation[edit]

Coal can be found in stacks of 3 to 8 in the chests in stronghold store rooms and in minecart with chests in abandoned mine shafts.

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Block of Coal

Coal

Coal Coal Coal Grid layout Arrow (small).png Block of Coal
Coal Coal Coal
Coal Coal Coal

Fire Charge

Blaze Powder +
Gunpowder +
Coal or
Charcoal




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Fire Charge3
Blaze Powder CoalCharcoal

Gunpowder
Grid layout Shapeless.png

Torch

Stick +
Coal or
Charcoal




Grid layout Arrow (small).png Torch4

CoalCharcoal

Stick

Fuel[edit]

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.

Data values[edit]

DV Description

0 Coal

1 Charcoal

Video[edit]

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.

History[edit]

The older texture in Indev 0.31.
Indev
0.31 (January 29, 2010)  Coal-Indev.png 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.[1]
Beta
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.
Official release
 Coal.png Coal 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 Charcoal.png Changed the charcoal texture.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0  Coal.png Added coal.
0.8.0 Coal can be crafted to make a Block of Coal.
0.8.1 Charcoal.png Changed the charcoal texture
Console Edition
TU1 Added coal and charcoal.

Issues[edit]

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