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Block of Coal

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Block of Coal
Block of Coal.png




Blast resistance






Yes (64)


Yes, but does not catch fire from lava



Data value

dec: 173 hex: AD bin: 10101101

Namespaced ID


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


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

Block Block of Coal
Hardness 5
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.


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


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


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 nine individual pieces of coal.



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".
1.6.113w18aBlock of Coal Revision 1.png Added blocks of coal, which utilize the same texture as from Minecraft 2.0.
The smelting time for block of coal is 720 seconds.
13w18cSmelting time for a block of coal has now been changed to 800 seconds.
13w19aBlock of Coal Revision 2.png The texture for blocks of coal has now been changed.
Blocks of coal are now flammable.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 173.
1.1418w43aBlock of Coal.png Changed the texture of blocks of coal.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.8.0build 2Block of Coal Revision 2.png Added blocks of coal.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta of Coal.png Changed the texture of blocks of coal.
Legacy Console Edition
TU19CU71.12Patch 11.0.1Block of Coal Revision 2.png Added blocks of coal.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Block of Coal.png Changed the texture of blocks of coal.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Block of Coal Revision 2.png Added blocks of coal.


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


  • 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, the player will need 576 coal or 9 stacks of coal to do this.