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Furnace (Active).png


Solid Block






Partial (when active)


Yes, 13 (when active)

Blast resistance





A wooden pickaxe or better is required to mine this block




Yes (64)



First appearances

See History


  • Furnace
    (1) plus contents
Block Entity ID


Data values
Inactive state
dec: 61 hex: 3D bin: 111101
Active state
dec: 62 hex: 3E bin: 111110
Inactive state
Active state

A furnace is a block used to smelt blocks and items and convert them into other blocks or items.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Furnaces can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing. A furnace will also drop when a minecart with furnace is broken.

Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 17.5
Wooden 2.65
Stone 1.35
Iron 0.9
Diamond 0.7
Golden 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Two furnaces can be found inside each blacksmith shop in villages, and one can be found inside each igloo[upcoming 1.9].

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe


Usage[edit | edit source]

Furnaces cannot be pushed by pistons.

Smelting[edit | edit source]

Smelting Recipe

The main purpose of furnaces is to allow for smelting. Its interface can be opened by pressing use on it.

Light source[edit | edit source]

Furnaces emit a light level of 13 when active, and emit smoke and flame particles.

Crafting ingredient[edit | edit source]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe

Minecart with Furnace

Furnace +

Data values[edit | edit source]

ID[edit | edit source]

Block ID Name Numerical ID
Furnace furnace 61
Burning Furnace lit_furnace 62

Block data[edit | edit source]

See also: Data values
Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Furnace facing north
  • 3: Furnace facing south
  • 4: Furnace facing west
  • 5: Furnace facing east

Invalid values default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block entity[edit | edit source]

See also: Block entity format

A furnace has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block. The block's block entity ID is Furnace.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities

    •  CustomName: Optional. The name of this container, which will display in its GUI where the default name ordinarily is.

    •  Lock: Optional. When not blank, prevents the container from being opened unless the opener is holding an item whose name matches this string.

    •  Items: List of items in the container.

      • : An item in the furnace, including the slot tag:
        Slot 0: The item(s) being smelted.
        Slot 1: The item(s) to use as the next fuel source.
        Slot 2: The item(s) in the result slot.

    •  BurnTime: Number of ticks left before the current fuel runs out.

    •  CookTime: Number of ticks the item has been smelting for. The item finishes smelting when this value reaches 200 (10 seconds). Is reset to 0 if BurnTime reaches 0.

    •  CookTimeTotal: Number of ticks It takes for the item to be smelted.

Block state[edit | edit source]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the furnace opening faces.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the furnace.

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Icon Achievement In-game description Prerequisites Actual requirements (if different) Version restriction Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Time to Mine! Pick up a furnace from a crafting table output.
The in game description has the wrong recipe; furnaces are actually crafted from cobblestone.
None 15G Bronze

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

0.31 January 29, 2010 Prior to the addition of furnaces, items could be smelted by dropping them on the ground and then burning them with flint and steel. This was the only way to smelt ores.[1]
February 19, 2010 Furnace added.
February 23, 2010 The first smeltable item is cobblestone, which can be smelted into smooth stone.
March 20, 2010 Furnace is now fully functional.
1.0.14 Furnaces are now used to craft minecarts with furnaces.
1.2.0 Furnaces will face towards the player when placed,[2] rather than away.
1.2 The top of furnaces have a texture similar to cobblestone. They used to have a texture exactly the same as stone.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9-pre1 Furnaces do not take as long to destroy.
1.2.4 Cats will try to sit on active furnaces, making them unusable. This is only meant to annoy the player.
1.2.5 1.2.5-pre Shift-clicking can be used to put items into furnaces more easily.
1.3.1 12w18a Wooden tools work in furnaces as one full furnace use.
12w22a Smelting various ores in furnaces now rewards players with experience points.
When using lava for fuel you get the bucket back.
1.4.2 12w39a Previously, furnaces lit up blocks all around them, this snapshot made furnaces light up blocks only in front of them.[3] (images showing difference) Its light value remained 13, but the light is only emitted from the block's front surface.
12w40a The previous change was reverted until the new lighting system could be optimized.
1.4.6 12w49a When holding sneak, the player can place blocks and items (like redstone, repeaters, and levers) directly onto furnaces.
1.5 13w02a Furnaces renamed using an anvil will display the new name in their GUI where the normal name used to appear.
1.8 14w02a When a furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will pause instead of resetting.
14w04a When a furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will now reverse at twice the speed of smelting.
14w26a Furnaces allow only fuel or a single empty bucket in the fuel slot.
1.9 15w43a A furnace generates inside of igloos.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Furnaces added, meaning that every available block and item can now be gathered, crafted or smelted into. (no more unlimited items).
0.9.0 build 1 Furnaces now naturally spawn in villages.
0.11.0 build 3 Furnaces now drop one stack for each item instead of splitting them up.
Console Edition
TU1 Added furnaces.
TU12 Cats will try to sit on active furnaces, making them unusable. This is only meant to annoy the player.
TU14 Wooden tools work in furnaces as one full furnace use.
When using lava for fuel you get the bucket back.
Pi Edition
0.1.1 Added furnaces, although they cannot be used to smelt items and have the missing texture.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to “Furnace” are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Furnaces function as multiple devices combined into one block: bloomeries and blast furnaces (for smelting ores), an oven (for baking and cooking), a charcoal pit (for the charring of wood) and a kiln (for baking of clay).

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References[edit | edit source]