Charcoal

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Charcoal
Charcoal JE4 BE4.png
Rarity color

Common

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Charcoal is an item obtained by smelting logs or wood. It is used as fuel, or for crafting torches and campfires. Unlike coal, charcoal cannot be traded with villagers or crafted into a block of coal. Coal and charcoal also cannot stack together.

Obtaining[edit]

Breaking[edit]

A campfire broken without the silk touch enchantment drops 2 charcoal.

Smelting[edit]

Ingredients Smelting recipe
Any Log or
Any Stripped Log or
Any Wood or
Any Stripped Wood +
Any fuel


0.15

Compound creation[edit]

Charcoal can be created from its base elements, using the compound creator.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Name Elements Example recipe
Charcoal 7 Carbon
4 Hydrogen
1 Oxygen

Usage[edit]

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Campfire Stick +
Charcoal +
Any Log or Stem or
Any Stripped Log or Stem or
Any Wood or Hyphae or
Any Stripped Wood or Hyphae

Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Charcoal +
Gunpowder
Gunpowder Charcoal +
Sulfur +
Bone Meal
[Bedrock and Education editions only]
Soul Torch Charcoal +
Stick +
Soul Soil or
Soul Sand
Torch Charcoal +
Stick

Lab table ingredient[edit]

Charcoal is one of the lab table ingredients needed to produce the heat block.‌[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Result Materials Needed
Heat Block
Heat Block
Iron, Water, Charcoal, Salt

Fuel[edit]

When used in a furnace as a fuel, a piece of charcoal lasts 80 seconds (smelting up to 8 items), the same as coal. Charcoal used as fuel lasts more than 5 times longer than wood planks or wood logs used as fuel, being more efficient than any other use of wood for smelting in Java Edition, but outstripped by wooden slabs in Bedrock.

Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by powered minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Charcoalcharcoal item.minecraft.charcoal

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Charcoalcoal 263item.charcoal.name

Item data[edit]

In Bedrock Edition coal and charcoal use the following data values:

DV Description
0 Coal
1 Charcoal

Achievements[edit]

Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Gamerscore earned Trophy type (PS)
Renewable Energy.pngRenewable EnergySmelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.Smelt a wooden log with charcoal as the fuel.10GBronze

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
December 25, 2010Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor on Twitter as a writing implement.
1.2Coal JE2 BE1.png Added charcoal, with the same texture as coal.
Charcoal is not used as a writing implement.
Java Edition
1.2.112w04aCoal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.
1.3.11.3Coal JE3 BE2.png Coal JE3 BE2.png The texture of coal and charcoal have been changed.
1.6.113w19aCharcoal JE3 BE3.png The texture of charcoal has been changed.
1.814w02aCharcoal can no longer be traded from villagers.
1.1317w47aThe different data values for the coal ID have been split up into their own IDs.
Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 263.
1.1418w43aCoal JE4 BE3.png Charcoal JE4 BE4.png The textures of coal and charcoal have been changed.
19w02aCoal and charcoal can now be used to craft campfires. Destroying a campfire returns 2 charcoal.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2Coal JE2 BE1.png Added charcoal, with the same texture as coal.
0.8.0build 2Coal JE3 BE2.png Coal JE3 BE2.png The texture of coal and charcoal have been changed.
0.8.1Charcoal JE3 BE3.png The texture of charcoal has been changed.
Bedrock Edition
1.4.0beta 1.2.13.8Added stripped log variants, which can be smelted to obtain charcoal.
beta 1.2.20.1Charcoal now can be crafted using 7 Carbon, 4 Hydrogen, and an Oxygen in a compound creator.
Charcoal can now be used in the lab table to create a heat block.
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Coal and charcoal can now be used to craft campfires. Destroying a campfire returns 2 charcoal.
Coal JE4 BE3.png Charcoal JE4 BE4.png The textures of coal and charcoal have been changed.
1.16.0beta 1.16.0.51Coal and charcoal are now used to craft soul fire torches.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU1 1.0 Patch 11.0.1Coal JE2 BE1.png Coal JE2 BE1.png Added coal and charcoal.
?Coal JE3 BE2.png Charcoal JE3 BE3.png The texture of coal and charcoal has been changed.
1.90 Coal JE4 BE3.png Charcoal JE4 BE4.png The textures of coal and charcoal have been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Coal JE3 BE2.png Charcoal JE3 BE3.png Added coal and charcoal.

Issues[edit]

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