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Data value

dec: 263 hex: 107 bin: 100000111



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.


Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal Block of Coal



Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel

Charcoal Any Wood +
Any fuel

Wither Skeletons

A wither skeleton may drop a coal lump upon death.

Natural generation

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.


Crafting ingredient

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Coal Coal

Fire Charge Blaze Powder +
Coal or
Charcoal +
Torch Coal or
Charcoal +


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.

Data values

Coal and charcoal share the same ID name, which is minecraft:coal, but charcoal has a data value of 1.

DV Description

0 Coal

1 Charcoal


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

Renewable EnergySmelt wood trunks using charcoal to make more charcoal.YesYesYesYes10GBronze



0.31 (January 29, 2010)  Coal-Indev.png 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.[1]
? Coal.png Coal texture changed.
December 25, 2010Charcoal 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.
Official release
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.
13w19a Charcoal.png Changed the charcoal texture.
1.8 14w02a Fisherman, armorer, tool smith, weapon smith and butcher villagers now sell 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.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.3.0  Coal.png Added coal, which can be used to craft torches.
0.3.2 Added charcoal.
0.8.0 Coal can be crafted to make a block of coal.
0.8.1 Charcoal.png Changed the charcoal texture.
0.15.0 build 1 Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Coal.png Coal.png Added coal and charcoal.
TU19CU71.12Charcoal.png Changed the charcoal texture.


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