Coal

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Coal
Coal.pngCharcoal.png


Type

Raw materials

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

First appearances

See History

Data value

dec: 263 hex: 107 bin: 100000111

Name

coal


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 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.

Obtaining

The main difference between coal and charcoal is in the methods of obtaining.

Mining

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.

Crafting

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Coal Block of Coal











9

Compound creation

Charcoal can be created from its base elements, using the compound creator.[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Name Elements Example recipe
Charcoal 7 Carbon
4 Hydrogen
1 Oxygen

Smelting

Name Ingredients Smelting recipe
Coal Coal Ore +
Any fuel









Charcoal Any Wood +
Any fuel














Charcoal
(1.13)
Any Stripped Log +
Any fuel
Charcoal
(1.13)
Any Bark +
Any fuel














Wither Skeletons

A wither skeleton have a 13 chance of dropping a coal lump upon death, and amounts and chances increases by the Looting enchantment.

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 35.6% of stronghold storeroom chests and 32.0% of chest minecarts in abandoned mineshafts in stacks of 3–8. In 1.13[upcoming] they can be found in 85.7% of big underwater ruins chests and 89.0% of small underwater ruins chests in stacks of 1–4, and in 46.7% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8.

In Bedrock Edition they can be found in 85.7% of big underwater ruins chests and 89.0% of small underwater ruins chests in stacks of 1–4, in 46.7% of shipwreck supply chests in stacks of 2–8, and in 29.3% of stronghold storeroom chests in stacks of 3–8.

Usage

Crafting ingredient

Name Ingredients Crafting recipe
Block of Coal Coal











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

Lab table ingredient

Charcoal is one of the lab table ingredients needed to produce the heat block.[Bedrock and Education editions only]

Result Materials Needed
Heat Block
Heat Block






Iron, Water, Charcoal, Salt

Fuel

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.

Trading

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

Achievements

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

Video

History

Classic
May 21, 2009Notch shows interest in adding coal, commenting that it might be combined with iron ore to make steel.
Indev
0.31 (January 29, 2010) Coal-Indev.png Added coal; it can be mined from coal ore blocks.
Coal can be used to craft torches.
February 19, 2010 Coal.png Coal texture is changed.
Beta
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 1.8 Pre-release Coal can be found in the new abandoned mineshaft chests and 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.
Upcoming Java Edition
1.13 18w09a Coal can now be found in the loot chests of underwater ruins.
18w11a Coal now generates in shipwreck 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.
0.12.1 build 1 Coal is now dropped by wither skeletons.
0.14.0 build 1 Coal can be found inside chest minecart in abandoned mineshafts.
0.15.0 build 1 Coal and charcoal are now used to craft fire charges.
Pocket Edition
1.0 build 1 Coal can 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 the woodland mansion chests.
Bedrock Edition
1.2.13 build 3 Added Stripped Logs variants which can smelted to obtain charcoal.
1.2.14 build 1 Coal now can be found inside Shipwreck Chest.
Upcoming Bedrock Edition
1.2.20 build 1 Coal can be found inside underwater ruins chest.
Charcoal now can be crafted using 7 Carbon, 4 Hydrogen, and an Oxygen in Compound Creator.
Charcoal now can be used in Lab Table to create Heat Block.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Coal.png Coal.png Added coal and charcoal.
TU19CU71.12Charcoal.png Changed charcoal texture.

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