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Lit Furnace.png


Solid Block, Tile Entity






Partial (when active)


Yes, 13 (when active)

Blast resistance








Yes (64)



First appearances

See History

Block entity id


Data values
Inactive state
dec: 61 hex: 3D bin: 111101
Active state
dec: 62 hex: 3E bin: 111110

See Data Values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png The main point of a furnace is to smelt things. Smelting requires fuel - usually coal or charcoal, and an object to be smelted. Pop those in the furnace and you'll see a progress bar for the smelting process which, when completed, yields a new object. Be careful which fuel you choose, because some are more efficient than others.
Duncan Geere[1]

A furnace is a block used to smelt blocks and items and convert them into other blocks or items.


Furnaces can be mined using any pickaxe. If mined without a pickaxe, it will drop nothing. A furnace will also drop when a minecart with furnace is broken.

Hardness 3.5
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 17.5
Wooden 2.65
Stone 1.35
Iron 0.9
Diamond 0.7
Golden 0.45
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Natural generation[edit]

Two furnaces can be found inside each blacksmith shop in villages, and one can be found inside each igloo.


Ingredients Crafting recipe

The lit furnace block cannot be obtained in Java Edition, even with commands. In Bedrock Edition however, the lit furnace block can be obtained by inventory editing. It will always stay lit, despite no items being inside of it.


Furnaces cannot be pushed by pistons.[Java and Legacy Console editions only]


Smelting Recipe

The main purpose of furnaces is to allow for smelting. Its interface can be opened by pressing use on it.

Light source[edit]

Furnaces emit a light level of 13 when active, and emit smoke and flame particles.

Crafting ingredient[edit]

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Minecart with Furnace Furnace +

Custom name[edit]

By default, the GUI of a furnace is labeled "Furnace", but this name can be customized by naming it in an anvil before placing it, or by changing the CustomName tag using the /data command.

Data values[edit]


Java Edition:

Block ID Name


Bedrock Edition:

Block ID Name Numeral ID

furnace 61

Lit Furnace
lit_furnace 62

Block data[edit]

See also: Data values

In Bedrock Edition, furnaces use the following data values:

Bits Values

A three-bit field storing a value from 2 to 5:

  • 2: Furnace facing north
  • 3: Furnace facing south
  • 4: Furnace facing west
  • 5: Furnace facing east

Invalid values default to 2.

0x8 Unused.

Block state[edit]

See also: Block states
Name Value Description

The direction the furnace opening faces.
The opposite from the direction the player faces while placing the furnace.

If the furnace is lit.

Block entity[edit]

See also: Block entity format

A furnace has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block. The block's block entity ID is furnace.

  • Block entity data
    • Tags common to all block entities see Template:Nbt inherit/blockentity/template

    •  CustomName: Optional. The name of this container, which will display in its GUI where the default name ordinarily is.

    •  Lock: Optional. When not blank, prevents the container from being opened unless the opener is holding an item whose name matches this string.

    •  Items: List of items in the container.

      • : An item in the furnace, including the slot tag:
        Slot 0: The item(s) being smelted.
        Slot 1: The item(s) to use as the next fuel source.
        Slot 2: The item(s) in the result slot.

    •  keeppacked:

    •  BurnTime: Number of ticks left before the current fuel runs out.

    •  CookTime: Number of ticks the item has been smelting for. The item finishes smelting when this value reaches 200 (10 seconds). Is reset to 0 if BurnTime reaches 0.

    •  CookTimeTotal: Number of ticks It takes for the item to be smelted.

    •  RecipeUsedSize: Store the experience.[verify]


Icon Achievement In-game description Actual requirements (if different) Availability Xbox points earned Trophy type (PS)
Xbox PS Bedrock Nintendo

Hot Topic Construct a furnace out of eight stone blocks Pick up a furnace from a crafting table output. Yes Yes Yes Yes 15G Bronze

Smelt Everything! Connect three chests to a single furnace using three hoppers. No No Yes New 3DS 15G


Icon Advancement In-game description Parent Actual requirements (if different) Internal ID
Acquire Hardware Smelt an iron ingot Getting an Upgrade Get an iron ingot in your inventory. minecraft:story/smelt_iron



0.31 0.31 (January 29, 2010) Prior to the addition of furnaces, items could be smelted by dropping them on the ground and then burning them with flint and steel. This was the only way to smelt ores.[2]
February 19, 2010 Furnace Revision 1.png Furnace added.
February 23, 2010 The first smeltable item is cobblestone, which can be smelted into normal stone.
March 20, 2010 Furnace is now fully functional.
v1.0.14 Furnaces are now used to craft minecarts with furnaces.
v1.2.0 Furnaces will now face towards the player when placed,[3] rather than away.
1.2 Furnace.png The top of furnaces now have a texture similar to cobblestone. They used to have a texture exactly the same as stone.
Official release
1.0.0 Beta 1.9 Prerelease Furnaces will now no longer take as long to destroy.
1.2.4 Cats will now try to sit on active furnaces, making them unusable. This is only meant to annoy the player.
1.2.5 pre Shift-clicking can now be used to put items into furnaces more easily.
1.3.1 12w18a Wooden tools will now work in furnaces as one full furnace use.
12w22a Smelting various ores in furnaces will now reward players with experience points.
When using lava as fuel inside a furnace, the player will now get the bucket back.
Inventory sprites for blocks have flipped from left to right, changing
1.4.2 12w39a Previously, furnaces lit up blocks all around them, this snapshot has made furnaces light up blocks only in front of them.[4] (images showing difference) Its light value has remained as 13, but the light is only emitted from the block's front surface.
12w40a The previous change has been reverted until the new lighting system can be optimized.
1.4.6 12w49a When holding sneak, the player can now place blocks and items (like redstone, repeaters, and levers) directly onto furnaces.
1.5 13w02a Furnaces renamed using an anvil will now display the new name in their GUI where the normal name used to appear.
1.8 14w02a When a furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will now pause instead of resetting.
14w04a When a furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will now reverse at twice the speed of smelting.
14w26a Furnaces will now allow only fuel or a single empty bucket in the fuel slot.
1.9 15w43a A furnace will now generate inside of igloos.
15w49a The
lit_furnace block is no longer available as an item.
15w50a Added sound: block.furnace.fire_crackle
1.13 17w47a The different block IDs for the furnace got merged into one ID.
A lit block state for furnaces has been added.
Prior to The Flattening, these blocks' numeral IDs were 61 and 62.
18w06a Added recipe book for smelting using furnaces. It can only be used for the input slot.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.2 Furnace.png Furnaces added, meaning that every available block and item can now be gathered, crafted or smelted into (no more unlimited items).
0.9.0 build 1 Furnaces will now naturally spawn in villages.
0.11.0 build 3 Furnaces will now drop one stack for each item instead of splitting them up.
0.15.0 build 1 Furnaces can now be moved by pistons.
0.16.0 build 1 A better description (Input , Fuel, Result) has been added to furnaces for devices that do not use a controller.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 A furnace will now generate inside of igloos.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1 CU1 1.0 Patch 1 Patch s1 Furnace.png Added furnaces.
TU12 Cats will now try to sit on active furnaces, making them unusable. This is only meant to annoy the player.
TU14 1.04 Wooden tools will now work in furnaces as one full furnace use.
When using lava as fuel inside furnaces, the player will now get the bucket back.
TU31 CU19 1.22 Patch 3 When a furnace runs out of fuel, the smelting progress will now reverse at twice the speed of smelting.
Furnaces will now allow only fuel or a single empty bucket in the fuel slot.
TU53 CU43 1.49 Patch 23 Patch s3 More items can now be used as fuel in a furnace.


Issues relating to "Furnace" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.


  • Furnaces function as multiple devices combined into one block: bloomeries and blast furnaces (for smelting ores), an oven (for baking and cooking), a charcoal pit (for the charring of wood) and a kiln (for baking of clay).



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