Minecart with Furnace

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Minecart with Furnace
Powered Minecart.png









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Health points

6 (Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svg)

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 343 hex: 157 bin: 101010111



A minecart with furnace (also called a furnace minecart) are self-propelling minecarts with furnaces inside. Minecarts with furnace will propel along straight lengths of track and pause after each bend in the track.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Furnace minecarts can be broken like any other minecart, by hitting it.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Furnace +

Usage[edit | edit source]

Furnace minecarts are placed the same as other minecarts. It does not have a visible interface with slots, like a furnace does.

To move the minecart, first face the direction you want it to move, then simply feed fuel (coal or charcoal) into it with the use button. The fuel will immediately be consumed, and will provide power for 3 minutes. Any piece of fuel, added at any time, will increase the total range by an additional 3 minutes. The amount of fuel every furnace minecart receives is 3600 ticks (which is equal to 180 seconds or 3 minutes), so its Fuel entity data tag changes from 0 to 3600 when you inserting charcoal or coal. Using the use button with anything other than coal or charcoal in the main hand will not consume the item and the minecart with furnace will move for a few meters but quickly come to a halt.

Minecarts with furnace can climb up steep inclines while pushing or pulling other minecarts for as long as they have fuel.

The minecart with furnace will pause a few blocks after each bend in the track, after which the player must reactivate it with the use button, unless the minecart with furnace is pulling another minecart. If a minecart with furnace is pulling another minecart and reaches a curve in the track, it will push the pulled minecart away in the opposite direction and continue powering along the track until it reaches another curve.

When a minecart with furnace is pulling another minecart with furnace they can go around curves without pausing, but they cannot pull a third minecart along, only push it forward. To achieve this, put a paused minecart with furnace on a piece of track and power another minecart with furnace into the first. They will move in the direction that the last minecart with furnace was going in and push any minecarts in front forward, all without pausing at curved tracks.

To change direction, press the use button while facing the needed direction. A furnace minecart will not break when it runs out of fuel.

Minecarts with furnace 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 furnace 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.

When a Minecart with furnace bumps into another minecart or multiple minecarts, with or without player, the other minecart will be pushed forward with great speed, while the minecart with furnace continues at its own speed. When the minecart with furnace is instead pulling other minecarts they will both move at a constant speed.

Minecarts with furnace cannot be pushed or pulled by other minecarts when not powered, except by other powered minecarts with furnace, and will not accelerate on active powered rails when powered.

Data values[edit | edit source]

Entity data[edit | edit source]

See also: Chunk format

Minecarts with furnace have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity. Their entity ID is furnace_minecart.

ID[edit | edit source]

A minecart's ID distinguishes between the different minecart types.

Icon Dec Hex Name Minecart type

328 148 minecart Minecart

342 156 chest_minecart Minecart with Chest

343 157 furnace_minecart Minecart with Furnace

407 197 tnt_minecart Minecart with TNT

408 198 hopper_minecart Minecart with Hopper

422 1A6 commandblock_minecart Minecart with Command Block

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History[edit | edit source]

1.0.14 Minecarts with furnace were added.
Since no in-game name was indicated, they were referred to by names such as "powered minecart" or "furnace minecart".
No matter how much fuel was added to the minecart, it would never move for more than 3 minutes after the last fuel.
1.0 When tooltips were added to items in inventory, this was named "Minecart with Furnace".
Official release
1.0.0 Each piece of coal now powers a minecart with furnace for 3 minutes, so that adding another piece of coal at any time increases the total range by another 3 minutes. A full stack of 64 coal now powers it for 192 minutes.
Minecarts with furnace on a level track will cover 204 meters per minute.
1.8 14w11a Minecarts with furnace would give a much greater boost to other minecarts.
When powered, they could move on non-powered rails without decelerating.
14w17a Minecarts with furnace' behavior is reverted, so that no change was released in 1.8.
1.11 16w32a The entity ID is changed from MinecartFurnace to furnace_minecart.
Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Added minecart with furnace.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • A stack of 64 coal will power the Minecart for 3 hours and 12 minutes, over a distance of just over 39,168 blocks.

Gallery[edit | edit source]