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Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel.png
Flint and Steel








Data value

dec: 259 hex: 103 bin: 100000011



The flint and steel is a tool used to light fires.



Ingredients Crafting recipe Description

Iron Ingot +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Iron Ingot Flint

Grid layout Shapeless.png

Damaged Flint and Steel

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Flint and Steel
Flint and Steel Flint and Steel

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The durability of the two flint and steels is added together, plus an extra 5% durability.

Natural generation[edit]

Chests in Nether fortresses may contain flint and steel.


When used on top of a solid, fully opaque block or on the sides of a flammable block, the flint and steel sets a fire on the surface on which it was used. Flint and steel has 65 uses. If used on a transparent block (such as glass) or a block which is underwater, it will not start a fire but still will consume durability. Durability is also consumed if used on an already existing fire.

It also can be used to light nether portals.

In both survival and creative, using flint and steel on TNT will set it off. Flint and steel can also be used to detonate creepers.


Flint and steel can receive the Unbreaking enchantment, but only through the use of an anvil.



The older texture in Indev 0.31.
The player started with flint and steel in their inventory. Flint and steel was also found as loot from killing mobs.
0.31 Flint and steel had a darker texture: Flint and Steel (Early Indev).png
Before furnaces were added, flint and steel could be used to smelt ores and cook food.[1]
1.0.15 Furnaces were added to replace the cooking/smelting function of flint and steel.
1.7 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.[2]
Official release
1.3.1 12w21a The player can now trade emeralds for flint and steel.
1.4.2 12w38a Changed sound when using flint and steel.
1.6.1 13w25a Now loses durability when igniting TNT.
1.7.2 13w36a Now has a shapeless crafting recipe.
Igniting a creeper with flint and steel causes it to detonate.
1.8 14w02a Villagers no longer sell flint and steel, making it no longer renewable.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.4.0 Added flint and steel.
0.8.0 build 2 Added flint and steel to the creative inventory.
Console Edition
TU1 Added flint and steel.
TU3 Flint and steel, along with fire itself, explosions and redstone are the only ways to activate TNT.


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  • In adventure mode, flint and steel cannot light fires, nor can it ignite nether portals (unless it has the tag {CanPlaceOn:obsidian}). However, it can still ignite TNT and creepers.