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Coal lumps are items mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore blocks. Their main uses are as a fuel or crafting torches.
Charcoal is an alternative to coal obtained from smelting wood. It can do everything coal can, except 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 +
A wither skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.
Coal can be found in 27.4% of dungeon chests, 74.3% of igloo chests, and 27.4% of woodland mansion chests, all in stacks of 1–4; and in 32.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts and 35.6% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 3–8.
|Block of Coal||Coal|
|Fire Charge||Blaze Powder +
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 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|
|0.31 (January 29, 2010)||Added coal, which dropped when coal ore was lit on fire.|
|Coal can be used to craft torches.|
|0.31 (January 31, 2010)||Coal may be mined from coal ore blocks, dropping one coal if mined by hand, or three when mined with a pickaxe.|
|?||Coal texture 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||pre1||Coal can be found in the new stronghold storeroom chests.|
|1.2.1||12w04a||Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.|
|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.|
|13w19a||Changed the charcoal texture.|
|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.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.3.0||Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.|
|0.8.0||Coal can be crafted to make a block of coal.|
|0.8.1||Changed the charcoal texture.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||Added coal and charcoal.|
|TU19||CU7||1.12||Changed the charcoal texture.|
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