Minecart with Furnace

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Minecart with Furnace
Powered Minecart.png
Minecart with Furnace








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Health points

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

First appearance

Alpha 1.0.14 (Seecret Friday 7)

Data value

dec: 343 hex: 157 bin: 101010111



A powered Minecart in action.

Minecarts with Furnace (also called Furnace Minecarts or Powered Minecarts) are a special type of minecart which accepts coal or charcoal as fuel for powered movement and can be used to push other minecarts, thus functioning as an engine. It is most commonly used as an efficient and easily renewable alternative to powered rails.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

Furnace +

Grid layout Arrow (small).png Minecart with Furnace




A good usage for the "powered minecart" is to put it at the back of another minecart, so it's more like a train. A more important use of this is Rail movement in the Superflat world type on Survival Mode. Powered rails are a better solution if you have the resources.

To use the minecart with furnace, first place it on a rail. Select your fuel (currently only coal and charcoal work) then use the "use" control (normally right-click) on the minecart. When right-clicking on the minecart, face the direction you want it to travel. You can make the cart change direction by right-clicking the minecart while facing the opposite direction of travel, this can also be used to "push" it along even if it has no fuel and will still push other minecarts but not up hill. Your coal or charcoal will be consumed once used on the furnace.


A furnace minecart pulls four other minecarts
  • Breaking a minecart with furnace gives a plain cart and the furnace back (but any fuel inside will be lost).
  • Minecarts with furnace cannot push other carts around 180-degree hairpin turns.
  • A player in a cart adds significant weight, requiring more power to push.
  • When a powered minecart runs out of fuel, it does not break.
  • If too much stress is put on the minecart with furnace then it will stop. Right-click activates it again.
  • Each piece of coal powers a minecart with furnace for 3 minutes. Adding another piece of coal at any time increases the total range by another 3 minutes.
  • Minecarts with furnaces on a level track will cover 204m per minute (about 3.4 m/s), or 612m per piece of coal. Pushing multiple Minecarts may decrease the range slightly, depending on collisions.
  • Minecarts with furnaces are much less powerful than powered rails, making powered rails a far better option for long-distance travelling at high speed.
  • Minecarts with furnaces have no GUI.
  • When powered, they can move on non-powered rails without decelerating.
  • Minecarts with furnaces can also pull up to four other minecarts behind them if the carts are first shunted together against a wall and then the furnace minecart is made to change direction.



1.0.14 The Minecart with Furnace, originally called the Powered Minecart was added.
Official release
1.0.0 Each piece of coal powers a Minecart with Furnace for 3 minutes. Adding another piece of coal at any time increases the total range by another 3 minutes. Previously, any fuel added before the Minecart stopped moving was wasted, as the duration would max out at three minutes regardless of how much coal was added. A full stack of 64 coal powers it for 192 minutes.
Minecarts with Furnaces on a level track will cover 204 meters per minute.
1.8 14w11a Minecarts with furnaces now give a much greater boost to other minecarts.
When powered, they can move on non-powered rails without decelerating.
Console Edition
TU1 Added minecart with furnaces.


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  • Right clicking will cause the Powered Minecart to go forward a little bit, even if it is not loaded with fuel.
  • Powered minecarts share the burning furnace texture (the same as chest minecarts) so editing a furnace will edit a powered minecart's texture.
    • If you look from above, you can see that the furnace's texture shows that something is burning while nothing is actually there.
  • Powered Minecarts can be powered without coal in Creative.
  • A stack of 64 coal will power the Minecart for 3 hours and 12 minutes, over a distance of just over 128,220 blocks.

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