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How to Make Charcoal

Charcoal is a valuable resource in Minecraft. It can be used to fuel furnaces, make torches, and even craft weapons and tools. However, it can be challenging to find in the game, and sometimes players need to know how to make it themselves. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to make charcoal in Minecraft.

Making Charcoal

Step 1: Gather Wood The first step to making charcoal is to gather wood. You can use any type of wood, but we recommend using oak since it's the most common type. You'll need a significant a mount of wood, so try to gather a few stacks.

Step 2: Build a Furnace Once you have enough wood, it's time to build a furnace. Furnaces are essential in Minecraft and can be used to cook food, smelt ores, and now, make charcoal. To make a furnace, you'll need eight pieces of cobblestone. Arrange the cobblestone in a square shape, leaving the center space empty. You'll then have a furnace that you can use for all your smelting needs.

Step 3: Place the Wood in the Furnace Next, place the wood that you gathered into the top slot of the furnace. Make sure that you have enough wood to fill the entire top slot of the furnace, as this will create the most charcoal.

Step 4: Add Fuel to the Furnace You need to add fuel to the bottom slot of the furnace. Coal is the most common type of fuel, but you can use other materials such as wooden planks or sticks. You will need at least one piece of fuel to make charcoal, but we recommend adding a few so that you can make more charcoal in one go.

Step 5: Wait for the Charcoal to be Made Once you've added the fuel, the furnace will begin to smelt the wood. The process takes a few minutes, so you'll need to wait until it's done. When the process is complete, you'll see the charcoal appear in the bottom slot of the furnace.

Step 6: Collect the Charcoal Finally, once the charcoal is made, you can collect it by clicking and dragging it from the bottom slot of the furnace into your inventory. Congratulations, you've successfully made charcoal in Minecraft!


Making charcoal in Minecraft is a straightforward process that can save you a lot of time and resources. By following these steps, you'll be able to make all the charcoal you need for your future Minecraft adventures. So go ahead and try it out for yourself, and enjoy the many benefits that charcoal can bring to your Minecraft gameplay!