How to Make and Use a Furnace in Minecraft

Do you want to cook meat, smelt ores, or want a light source block to survive dark nights? All of that and more is possible with a single block in Minecraft. Yeah, you simply need to learn how to make a furnace, and it can take care of most of your basic Minecraft needs. In this guide, we’ve included the required resources, crafting recipe, and uses of the furnace block. This is the only furnace guide you will need. So without further ado, let’s dive in!

Resources You Need to Make a Furnace

For crafting a furnace, you will need to collect the following items:

  • 8 blocks of Cobblestone, Blackstone, or Cobbled Deepslate
  • Crafting Table

If you are on the Java edition, you can get a combination of stone-based blocks to craft a furnace in-game. But in the Bedrock edition, you must use the same 8 blocks while crafting. So, to keep things simple, it’s best to collect cobblestone blocks.

Cobblestone blocks in front of stone

You can collect cobblestone by breaking stone blocks with a wooden pickaxe or better. When the stone block is mined, it drops itself as cobblestone blocks. Stone blocks are one of the most common blocks in the overworld of Minecraft.

How to Craft a Furnace in Minecraft

Once you have collected the required blocks, making the furnace in Minecraft is effortless. You just need to place all the cobblestone blocks in a square pattern in the crafting area, leaving the center cell empty.

Furnace Recipe of Furnace in Minecraft

As mentioned earlier, you can use a mixture of stone-based blocks in this crafting recipe but only on the Java edition. The result will remain the same. You have now successfully crafted a furnace; drag it from the output cell to your inventory.

Where to Find a Furnace

You can commonly spot furnaces in the houses of weaponsmith villagers (one of many villager jobs) in the plains, desert, and savanna villages. In the Bedrock edition, you can also find furnaces in some random houses and their chests in snowy villages. Other than Minecraft villages, you can also find furnaces generated in ancient cities, trail ruins, and igloos.

Considering the spawn rate and ease, we suggest you stick to villages to find furnaces. Our list of best Minecraft village seeds can give you a head start in the game. But if you don’t want to change your current world, using Minecraft commands will be a better choice.

Use a Furnace in Minecraft

With this useful block in your possession, here are the various ways in which you can use a furnace in your blocky world:

  • Smelting and Cooking

A furnace can smelt blocks to turn them into functional items or cook raw food items and turn them into cooked and better items. It has a simple two-cell UI. You have to place the item you want to cook or smelt in the upper cell.

Meanwhile, the fuel to power the furnace goes into the bottom cell. When both cells are filled with compatible items, the fuel activates the furnace, and then within a few seconds, the furnace smelts or cooks your item.

Cooking raw chicken in a furnace in Minecraft

If you are curious to know about the different fuel items you can use with the Furnace, refer to the table below:

FuelHow Many Items It Can Smelt or Cook
Lava Bucket100
Block of Coal80
Dried Kelp Block20
Blaze Rod12
Coal and Charcoal8
Boats and Chest Boats (any)6
Bamboo Mosaic, Bamboo Mosaic Slab (Bedrock Edition), Bamboo Mosaic Stairs, Bee Nest, Beehive, Chiseled Bookshelf, Regular and Striped Block of Bamboo, Stripped and Regular Log and Stripped and Regular Wood, Wooden Plank, Wooden Slab (Bedrock edition), Wooden Stair, Wooden Pressure Plate, Wooden Button (Bedrock edition), Wooden Trapdoor, Wooden Fence Gate, Wooden Fence, (excluding the Nether Wooden Blocks), Mangrove Roots, Ladder, Crafting Table, Cartography Table, Fletching Table, Smithing Table, Loom, Bookshelf, Lectern, Composter, Chest, Trapped Chest, Barrel, Daylight Detector, Jukebox, Note Block, Banner (any), Crossbow (Java edition), Bow (Java edition), Fishing Rod, 1.5
Crossbow (Bedrock edition), Bow (Bedrock edition), Doors, Signs, Hanging Signs (excluding the Nether Wooden Blocks), Wooden Tools and Weapons, Bowl (Bedrock edition)1
Bamboo Mosaic Slab and other Wooden Slabs (Java edition)0.75
Overworld Wooden Buttons (Java edition), Bowl (Java edition), Sapling (any), Azalea and Flowering Azalea, Sticks, Dead Bush, Wool Blocks0.5
Carpet (any)0.335
Bamboo and Scaffolding0.25
  • Light Source

When a furnace is active, it displays a burning fire in its bottom slot. This fire has a light level of 13, which is brighter than soul fire but less bright than a torch or actual fire. This means you can choose to use the furnace as a Minecraft light source at times.

  • Blast Furnace & Smoker

You can use a furnace to craft a blast furnace, smoker, and a minecart with a furnace. Blast furnace smelts only ores, raw metals and metal armor, and tools and does that even twice as fast as the regular furnace.

Crafting recipe for a blast furnace

Smoker is similar to the blast furnace, but it can only cook food items. Also, it requires just half the time of the regular furnace to finish cooking.

To craft it, place a furnace in the center slot of the 3 x 3 crafting grid and surround it with four full wooden blocks, such as logs, wood, stems, hyphae, and stripped variants.

Crafting recipe for a smoker in Minecraft

Furnace minecart is a variant of minecart that starts moving once you right-click it with fuel such as coal. Place a furnace and a minecart in any configuration in the crafting grid to make the furnace minecart. However, this is the case only in the Java edition.

With that, you are now ready to craft your own furnace and smelt a bunch of blocks turning them into other blocks or items. If you are wondering where to start, our ore distribution guide will lead you right to all of the Minecraft ores. Having said that, what will you smelt first in the furnace? Tell us in the comments below!

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