How to Make Copper Grates in Minecraft 1.21

In Short
  • Copper grates are transparent building blocks that players can craft using the crafting table or stonecutter.
  • To craft the copper grate, players need to place four copper blocks in a diamond shape in the crafting table.
  • The stonecutter will produce one copper grate for one copper block in the Minecraft 1.21 update.

You may have thought that the copper block family was diverse enough already and didn’t need to be expanded. Surprisingly, Mojang had other plans as the Minecraft 1.21 update has brought five new copper blocks that are all unique in their own way. Today, we will be taking a look at one of these new blocks, the copper grate, including its crafting recipe and uses in Minecraft 1.21.

Items Required to Make Copper Grates

For the copper grates crafting recipe, you will need the following resources:

Besides making copper grates in the crafting grid, you can make them in the stonecutter. This recipe requires only one copper block.

How to Copper Grates in Minecraft 1.21

First, we will discuss the step-by-step process to make copper grates using a crafting table and then the stonecutter. So, after you gather the resources, follow the steps below.

Using a Crafting Table

  • Place the crafting table in your world and right-click to open the block’s UI.
  • Now, you need to place 4 copper blocks in a diamond shape. Place one copper block in the center slot of the top row, two blocks at the edges of the middle row, and one in the center slot of the bottom row.
  • Now, click on the copper grate icon on the right to craft the item. You will receive four copper grates with this recipe.
Finished recipe of the copper grate blocks in Minecraft 1.21

This recipe allows you to also pre-make copper grates of the specific oxidation just by using the copper blocks of the same oxidation stage.

Using a Stonecutter

Place the stonecutter in your world and right-click to open its UI. It’s different from the regular crafting grid. Once you’re in the stonecutter UI, follow the steps below:

  • What you need to do here is place a copper block in the input slot on the left.
  • Then, select the copper grate block that appears in the central area of this UI.
  • And that’s it. You can click the copper grate block on the right to craft and start using it.

Where Can You Find Copper Grates

Copper grates are generated naturally in trial chambers. These structures generate underground in the Overworld. There are four simple ways to find trial chambers in Minecraft and our linked guide will teach you all about them.

Copper grates usually generate as the floor of upper levels inside the trial chambers. Furthermore, they occasionally make up the walls between rooms or parts inside the rooms, so you can see what awaits you on the other side.

Minecraft Copper Grate Properties

Copper grates have one and only one use in the game, and it is to enhance your Minecraft builds as much as possible. These building blocks have four different textures for each stage of oxidation, like all other copper blocks. So, for the cost of one, we receive four beautiful blocks in total.

The copper grate at any of the first three stages will slowly oxidize over time, changing its color from orange to green. You can stop the oxidation process from advancing if you right-click the grate with a honeycomb and wax it. This will freeze its stage and appearance.

Alternatively, you can craft the waxed version by combining the block with the honeycomb in the crafting grid.

If you perhaps want to revert the grate back one oxidation stage back, you can do so by right-clicking it with an axe. However, if you’ve already applied honeycomb to the copper grate, you’ll just scrape off the wax by using an axe and allow the block to continue oxidizing if it hasn’t yet reached the final stage.

As we already mentioned, copper grates have a couple of special properties. They are transparent blocks, which means they let the light to fully pass through. Moreover, hostile mobs are unable to spawn on top of the grate blocks. This makes copper grates useful in farms or for spawnproofing an area.

Also, whenever a mob is stuck inside the copper grate block, it won’t suffocate. This feature is more practical than you think as it makes sure the mob is safe and stationary in a certain spot. One more notable thing about the copper grates is that they cannot conduct redstone signals, which is also a property of glass blocks.

With that said, that’s everything you need to know about the new copper grate block. In short, they are gorgeous new building blocks that make many Minecraft builders’ dreams come true. What do you think about the copper grate? Which oxidation stage is your favorite? Tell us in the comments below!

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