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Block of Coal

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Block of Coal
Block of Coal.png

Transparency

No

Luminance

No

Blast resistance

30

Tool


Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

Yes, but does not catch fire from lava

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 173 hex: AD bin: 10101101

Name

coal_block

The block of coal is a mineral block that can also be used as a fuel.

Obtaining[edit]

Blocks of coal can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing.

Block
Block of Coal
Hardness 5
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 25
Wooden 3.75
Stone 1.9
Iron 1.25
Diamond 0.95
Golden 0.65
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit]

Blocks of coal can only be crafted with regular coal, not charcoal. It is crafted in the same way as other mineral blocks. In the console edition, they are crafted with regular coal but they drop charcoal instead.

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal











Usage[edit]

Blocks of coal are often used to store coal in a compact fashion, or otherwise used as a fairly cheap construction block.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal Block of Coal

Fuel[edit]

Blocks of coal can be used as fuel in a furnace. One block of coal lasts 800 seconds, which smelts 80 items. This is ten times the duration of a single piece of coal and 119 times as efficient as singular pieces of coal.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition
April 5, 2013Coal blocks mentioned by Dinnerbone,[1] after their featuring in Minecraft 2.0. These would apparently be difficult to implement due to an analogous block made of charcoal requiring a separate block ID due to "logical issues".
1.6.1 13w18a Block of Coal 13w18a.png Added block of coal, which utilizes the same texture as from Minecraft 2.0.
The smelting time for block of coal is 720 seconds.
13w18c Smelting time has been changed to 800 seconds.
13w19a Block of Coal.png The texture for block of coal has been changed.
Blocks of coal are now flammable.
1.13 17w47a Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 173.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0 build 2 Added block of coal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 1Patch s1Added coal blocks.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Block of Coal" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • Surprisingly, blocks of coal cannot be used as fuel for the minecart with furnace.
  • A full stack of coal blocks should smelt for 14.2 hours – over 42 Minecraft days.
    • That is just a little over fifty times as many items as a lava bucket.
    • However, you will need 576 coal or 9 stacks of coal to do this.

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