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Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting wood. It has the same uses as normal coal, except it cannot be traded with villagers or crafted into a block of coal. Coal and charcoal also cannot stack together.
The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.
Coal ore mined using a pickaxe will drop 1 unit of coal. If the pickaxe is enchanted with Fortune, it may drop an extra unit per level of Fortune, up to a maximum of 4 with Fortune III.
|Coal||Block of Coal|
|Coal||Coal Ore +
|Charcoal||Any Wood +
|Any Stripped Log +
|Any Bark +
Coal can be found in 26.6% of dungeon chests, 70.4% of igloo chests, and 26.6% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–4; and in 34.3% of stronghold storeroom chests and 31.6% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 3–8. In 1.13[upcoming] they can be found in 81.0% of big underwater ruins chests and 84.2% of small underwater ruins chests in stacks of 1–4, and in 45.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8.
In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 81.0% of big underwater ruins chests and 84.2% of small underwater ruins chests in stacks of 1–4, in 45.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8, and in 28.5% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 3–8.
|Block of Coal||Coal|
|Fire Charge||Blaze Powder +
Lab table ingredient
When used in a furnace as a fuel, a coal lump or piece of charcoal lasts 80 seconds (which smelts up to 8 items). Coal/charcoal used as fuel lasts more than 5 times longer than wood planks or wood logs used as fuel.
Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by powered minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.
Villager fishermen, armorers, tool smiths and weapon smiths buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their first tier trades. Butchers buy 16-24 coals for one emerald as part of their second tier trades.
Coal and charcoal share the same ID name, which is
minecraft:coal, but charcoal has a data value of 1.
|Icon||Achievement||In-game description||Actual requirements (if different)||Availability||Xbox points earned||Trophy type (PS)|
|Renewable Energy||Smelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||10G||Bronze|
|May 21, 2009||Notch shows interest in adding coal, commenting that it might be combined with iron ore to make steel.|
|0.31 (January 29, 2010)||
Added coal; it can be mined from coal ore blocks.
|Coal can be used to craft torches.|
|February 19, 2010||
Coal texture is changed.
|December 25, 2010||Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor as a writing implement.|
|1.2||Charcoal was added, with the same texture as coal. It was not used as a writing implement.|
|1.8||1.8 Pre-release||Coal can be found in the new abandoned mineshaft chests and stronghold storeroom chests.|
|1.2.1||12w04a||Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.|
|1.3.1||12w21a||Blacksmith and butcher villagers now buy 16–23 of either coal or charcoal for 1 emerald.|
|1.4.2||12w36a||Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons, making it renewable.|
|1.6.1||13w18a||Coal can be used to craft coal blocks.|
Changed the charcoal texture.
|1.8||14w02a||Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers now buy 16–24 coal for 1 emerald. Charcoal is no longer traded.|
|1.9||15w43a||Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.|
|15w44a||Decreased average yield from mineshaft chests, and added to dungeon chests.|
|1.11||16w39a||Coal is now found in the new woodland mansion chests.|
|Upcoming Java Edition|
|1.13||17w47a||The different data values for the
|18w09a||Coal can now be found in the loot chests of underwater ruins.|
|18w11a||Coal now generates in shipwreck chests.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.
|0.8.0||Coal can be crafted to make a block of coal.|
Changed the charcoal texture.
|0.12.1||build 1||Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons.|
|0.14.0||build 1||Coal can be found inside chest minecart in abandoned mineshafts.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.|
|1.0||build 1||Coal can be found in the stronghold storeroom chests.|
|Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.|
|1.0.4||build 1||Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers now sell 16–24 coal for 1 emerald.|
|1.1||build 1||Coal is now found in the woodland mansion chests.|
|1.2.13||build 3||Added Stripped Logs variants which can smelted to obtain charcoal.|
|1.2.14||build 1||Coal now can be found inside Shipwreck Chest.|
|Upcoming Bedrock Edition|
|1.2.20||build 1||Coal can be found inside underwater ruins chest.|
|Charcoal now can be crafted using 7 Carbon, 4 Hydrogen, and an Oxygen in Compound Creator.|
|Charcoal now can be used in Lab Table to create Heat Block.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
Added coal and charcoal.
Changed charcoal texture.