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Coal lumps are items mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore blocks. Their main uses are as a fuel or crafting torches.
Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting wood. It can do everything coal can, except be traded with villagers or crafted into a block of coal. Coal and charcoal also cannot stack together.
Obtaining[edit | edit source]
The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.
Mining[edit | edit source]
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.
Crafting[edit | edit source]
Smelting[edit | edit source]
Wither Skeletons[edit | edit source]
A wither skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.
Natural generation[edit | edit source]
Usage[edit | edit source]
Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]
Fuel[edit | edit source]
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.
Trading[edit | edit source]
Villager fishermen, armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their first tier trades. Butchers buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their second tier trades.
Data values[edit | edit source]
Coal and charcoal share the same ID name, which is
minecraft:coal, but charcoal has a data value of 1.
Achievements[edit | edit source]
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Prerequisites||Actual requirements (if different)||Version restriction||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
||Renewable Energy||Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.||None||Xbox & PS4||10G||Bronze|
Video[edit | edit source]
History[edit | edit source]
|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.|
Issues[edit | edit source]
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