How to Make a Smoker in Minecraft

In Short
  • To make a smoker in Minecraft, you'll need one furnace, 4 logs, stems, wood, hyphae or the stripped versions and a crafting table or crafter.
  • Place the furnace in the center slot and surround it with the wooden blocks in a diamond shape.
  • Smokers naturally generate in the butcher's house in villages and they cook food items very quickly.

Have you ever wished a furnace could cook and smelt items faster? It actually can but in a different block form. Called the blast furnace, this block can smelt ores and raw materials twice as quickly as the furnace. On the other hand, the furnace block you use for cooking is the smoker. It can cook raw food items twice as fast as the regular furnace and saves a lot of time, especially if you are in a hurry. With that said, let’s discuss how you can make a smoker in Minecraft and how to use it.

Resources You Need to Make a Smoker

The crafting recipe for a smoker is pretty simple, and it does allow you to use various different items interchangeably. Those items include:

  • 1 Furnace
  • 4 logs, stem, stripped logs, stripped stem, wood, hyphae, stripped wood, or stripper hyphae of any type
  • Crafting table

Furnace is a basic utility block you can craft using 8 cobblestones, cobbled deepslate, or blackstone. If you still have doubts, follow our dedicated guide. Now, for the wood part of this recipe, you don’t have to use all the different blocks we listed above. You can simply use 4 oak logs.

But it is possible to use the rest of the listed items if you have them lying around. You can also use them interchangeably. For example – one oak log, two stripped spruce wood, and one crimson stem. Finally, the Crafting table is a utility block that allows you to use a 3 x 3 crafting grid to make other things in Minecraft.

How to Make a Smoker in Minecraft

After you collect the required resources, follow the steps below to make a smoker.

  • First, place the crafting table in your world by right-clicking or using the secondary action button.
  • Then, open the block’s UI and place a furnace in the center slot.
  • After that, surround the furnace with wooden blocks in a diamond shape. So, one above and below, as well as the left and right.
  • And voila! You have successfully crafted a smoker and can move it to your inventory.

Apart from the crafting table, you can choose to use the new crafter block in Minecraft 1.21 to get multiple smokers by automating the process.

Where Can You Find a Smoker in Your World

Due to one of the smoker’s uses that we’ll mention below, it can naturally generate in villages. They will always appear in the butcher’s house, which usually contains an animal pen. To get the smoker, you can use a pickaxe or any type.

As mentioned in the introduction of this article, you can use a smoker to cook raw food items, such as raw meat, raw fish, potatoes, and kelp. It will cook them twice as fast as a regular furnace for the same cost of fuel, making it a lot more efficient. Simply put the item you want to cook in the upper slot of the smoker’s UI and fuel in the bottom slot. The cooked items will appear on the right once the arrow has been filled.

With that said though, you cannot use it to smelt anything else, which still forces you to make and use a furnace. In addition, when the smoker is actively cooking something, its texture will change and it’ll emit a light level 13, meaning it’s also one of the light source blocks in the game.

The reason it appears in villages is that the smoker is a workstation block of butcher villagers. So, placing it near an unemployed villager will turn them into a butcher immediately. This villager in Minecraft will sell you cooked meat and rabbit stew and will buy raw meat, coal, dried kelp blocks, and sweet berries from you.

And that’s pretty much it. Now you know how to make and use a smoker in Minecraft. Hooking up a smoker super smelter to a kelp farm will produce dried kelp pretty rapidly, which you can then connect to a crafter that will automatically craft dried kelp blocks for you.

With this setup, you’re ready to mass-produce one of the best fuel sources in the game. However, let us not get carried away now. What do you use the smoker for in your Minecraft world? Tell us in the comments below!

Do smokers give less XP?

No, the smoker gives the same amount of XP as a regular furnace does.

Is campfire faster than the smoker?

No, campfires require 30 seconds to cook an item, whereas the smoker takes only 5 seconds. The main difference is that campfire requires no fuel, whereas the smoker, furnace, and blast furnace do.

Can you smelt cactus in a smoker?

Unfortunately, you cannot. Smoker allows you to cook any item that is in the cooked form edible. So, this does make sense since you cannot eat green dye.

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