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Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting logs or 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 Log or
Any Stripped Log or
Any Wood or
Any Stripped Wood +
Coal can be found in 81.0% of big underwater ruins chests, 26.6% of dungeon chests, 70.4% of igloo chests, 84.2% of small underwater ruins chests, and 26.6% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–4; in 45.4% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8; and in 34.3% of stronghold storeroom chests and 31.6% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts 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.
|Item||ID Name||Numeral ID|
|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, which can be mined from coal ore blocks.
|Coal can be used to craft torches.|
|February 19, 2010||
Coal texture has been changed.
|December 25, 2010||Charcoal is suggested to Notch by @Moleculor as a writing implement.|
Charcoal has been added, with the same texture as coal. It is not used as a writing implement.
|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 will 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 now be used to craft coal blocks.|
Changed the charcoal texture.
|1.8||14w02a||Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers will now buy 16–24 coal for 1 emerald.|
|Charcoal can now no longer be traded from villagers.|
|1.9||15w43a||Coal may now be found in igloo basement chests.|
|15w44a||The average yield from mineshaft chests has been decreased, and added to dungeon chests.|
|1.11||16w39a||Coal can now be found in the new woodland mansion chests.|
|1.13||17w47a||The different data values for the
|Prior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 263.|
|18w09a||Coal can now be found in the loot chests of underwater ruins.|
|18w11a||Coal will now generate in shipwreck chests.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.
|0.8.0||?||Coal can now 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 minecarts in abandoned mineshafts.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.|
|1.0||build 1||Coal can now 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 woodland mansion chests.|
|1.2.13||build 3||Added stripped log variants, which can smelted to obtain charcoal.|
|1.2.14||build 1||Coal can now be found inside shipwreck chests.|
|1.4||build 7||Coal can now be found inside underwater ruins chests.|
|Charcoal 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.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
Added coal and charcoal.
Changed charcoal texture.