Minecart with Furnace

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Minecart with Furnace
Minecart with Furnace.png






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1 Minecart
1 Furnace

Health points


Data value

dec: 343 hex: 157 bin: 101010111

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This feature is exclusive to Java Edition.

A minecart with furnace is a self-propelling minecart with a furnace inside. A minecart with furnace propels itself in a given direction and pauses when the track leads in another direction. They are a cheaper alternative to powered rails, since the materials needed are easier to find.


Minecarts with furnaces cannot be retrieved by attacking them, as they just drop a minecart and a furnace. Still, they are renewable since the player is able to recraft them.


Ingredients Crafting recipe Description
Furnace +

[Java Edition only]


Furnace minecarts are placed the same as other minecarts. It does not have a graphical user interface, unlike a furnace.

Furnace minecarts can be powered, done by feeding fuel (coal or charcoal) into the furnace minecart with the use button while facing one of these directions. The fuel is consumed immediately. Any piece of fuel, added at any time, increases the total range by an additional 3600 ticks (equal to 180 seconds or 3 minutes). Using the use button with anything other than coal or charcoal in the main hand moves the cart a short distance as usual without consuming the item in hand. The minecart does not break when it runs out of fuel.

When powered, a minecart with furnace cover 240m per minute (about 4 m/s, slightly slower than walking speed) or 720m per piece of coal. They do not accelerate when going downhill or on active powered rails, and they do not slow down when going uphill, on inactive powered rails (unless right clicking the furnace without a fuel source in hand or in the furnance), or when pushing or pulling other minecarts.

Minecarts with furnace can climb up steep inclines while pushing other minecarts for as long as they have fuel. If a minecart with furnace reaches a slope while pulling another minecart, the pulled minecart is switched to the forward position so that it can be pushed along the slope instead of pulled.

When the furnace minecart reaches a piece of track facing a direction it wasn't powered for, the minecart loses power and comes to pause after 11±1 blocks, waiting for the player to redirect it with the use button. The direction the minecart is powered for changes whenever a player presses use while facing the needed direction, as long as the furnace minecart is on rails.

A furnace minecart can be made to pull up to four other minecarts by first shunting them together against a wall, and then powering the furnace in the other direction. All minecarts in this train move at the constant speed of the furnace minecart. These shunts are fragile and easily come undone.

Pulled minecart/Shunt behavior
Condition Result
Furnace loses power/speed Shunt comes undone
Entity bumping besides those part of the train Jettisoned forward
Sloped track Jettisoned forward
90° turn in track Jettisoned backward
Turn towards North/South or East/West that is not the direction the train was shunted in Train derails

Pulling a minecart with TNT causes it to explode.

When a minecart with furnace bumps into another minecart or multiple minecarts, the other minecarts are pushed forward with great speed. The furnace minecart continues on with its own speed. Because of this speed difference, some of the minecarts may end up inside unloaded chunks on straight tracks.

When two powered minecarts with furnace overlap, they keep going in any direction (not just the powered direction), and even continue moving or pushing indefinitely after they run out of fuel, even uphill. In this formation, they do lose the ability to pull other minecarts, and they can lose contact in hairpin turns.


The coal is not stored as an item in the Entity, but in the object data in the fuel property as a time in ticks. Fuel is a short value, i.e. a maximum of 32767 ticks, which is less than 30 minutes. However, /summon furnace_minecart ~ ~ ~ {Fuel:32000} alone doesn't make it go since it doesn't have a direction. It can be right-clicked on a track to give it a direction, or it can be summoned with the properties PushX and PushZ set, which are responsible for the direction. Note that the Motion property every entity has allows for movement of the the minecart, but it won't give the minecart the direction it needs to move on its own.

Data values[edit]

Minecarts with furnace have entity data associated with them that contain various properties of the entity.


Java Edition Alpha
v1.0.14Minecart with Furnace Revision 1.png Minecart with Furnace (Item) JE1.png Minecarts with furnace were added.
Since no in-game name was indicated, they were referred to by names such as "powered minecart" or "furnace minecart", terms that are still in common use today.
No matter how much fuel was added to the minecart, it would never move for more than 3 minutes after the last fuel.
Java Edition Beta
1.0When tooltips were added to items in inventory, this was named "Minecart with Furnace".
1.2Minecart with Furnace Revision 2.png The texture of the minecart with furnace has now been changed.
Java Edition
1.0.0?Each piece coal now powers a minecart with furnace for 3 minutes (3,600 game ticks), so that adding another piece of coal at any time increases the total range by another 3 minutes. A full stack of 64 coal now powers it for 192 minutes (9.6 in-game days).
Minecarts with furnace on a level track cover 204 meters per minute.
1.814w11aMinecarts with furnace now give a much greater boost to other minecarts.
When powered, minecarts with furnance now move on non-powered rails without decelerating.
14w17aMinecarts with furnace's behavior has now been reverted, so that no change was released in Java Edition 1.8.
1.1116w32aThe entity ID of the minecart with furnance has now been changed from MinecartFurnace to furnace_minecart.
1.1317w47aPrior to The Flattening, this item's numeral ID was 343.
1.1418w43aMinecart with Furnace.png Minecart with Furnace (Item).png The texture of the minecart with furnace has now been changed.
1.15.2Pre-Release 1Furnace minecarts can now navigate around any corner.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Minecart with Furnace Revision 2.png Minecart with Furnace (Item) JE1.png Added minecart with furnace.
1.90Minecart with Furnace.png Minecart with Furnace (Item).png The texture of the minecart with furnace has now been changed.


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