When it comes to Minecraft, a furnace is one of the most recognisable blocks that can be found in the game.
It’s a block that is usually acquired within the first few minutes of opening a new world.
The furnace works as a basic smelting and cooking device that players can use to turn their mined ores—like iron and gold—into ingots, cook the food they collect from animals around the world, and more.
Here is a step-by-step guide to making a furnace from the moment you open your world for the first time.
Required Materials to Craft a Furnace:
The materials you will need in order to craft a furnace are:
The first step to making a crafting table is converting those recently acquired logs into wooden planks. To make wooden planks, simply place the logs that were collected into one of the slots in the survival inventory crafting table, as demonstrated below.
Once the logs are converted into wooden planks, you can then progress to making a crafting table. To make a crafting table, place four wooden planks in the survival crafting menu to fill each of the slots in the square once, as demonstrated below.
To eventually make a furnace, you have to make the simplest type of pickaxe to collect your first pieces of cobblestone. The first part of making a pickaxe is making the sticks for the handle. You can use the survival inventory crafting table or the crafting table you just created to make your sticks.
To make sticks, place two blocks of wooden planks above each other on either the left or right side of the square, as shown above.
Now you have to make a pickaxe; this can be done by interacting with a crafting table, this guide explains more about how to make a crafting table. Next, in the crafting table, place a row of planks along the top of the crafting GUI and place two sticks under the middle plank, as seen above. This will create a pickaxe to use to collect your cobblestone—a required block for making a furnace.
How to make a Furnace in Minecraft?
To make a furnace in Minecraft, collect minimum eight pieces of cobblestone, before opening the crafting table menu.
To make a furnace, place eight pieces of cobblestone around the outside perimeter of the crafting GUI, leaving a blank space in the middle square.
Now simply click the furnace to collect the block out of the crafting table and drag it into your own inventory. This is now a placeable and usable block.
Right-clicking the furnace, the same way you enter the crafting table, will bring you to the furnace’s GUI. It should look the same as shown in the image below.
After opening the GUI, fill the top left-most space of the furnace with your desired block or raw food item. This will allow you to cook it once you add your fuel.
In the available space under your desired block or food item, put your form of fuel. This can be coal, charcoal, a bucket of lava, or anything made of wood. This will fuel the furnace to cook your desired block or food item.
Now you must wait for the arrow to fill completely. The arrow in the center of the furnace menu is an indicator to show how far along the furnace is in the cooking process.
This bar fills up individually for every block and food item placed into the furnace. Once this bar is completely full, it will reset. Then your block/food will be fully ready to be removed from the furnace for use.
Now that your object has cooked or smelted completely, you may now reap the rewards of smelting and put that block to good use.
FAQs on Furnace
1. With what fuels can furnaces smelt items?
Furnaces can be fuelled by any wooden objects and tools, coal, charcoal, and buckets of lava.
2. Which fuel is fastest for smelting?
All fuel currently smelts at the same pace in the furnace; the speed at which a block smelts is more dependent on the block it’s being smelted in. For example, smokers and blast furnaces cook and smelt twice as fast as a regular furnace.
The main aspect of different fuels is their durability and longevity in a furnace. Wood and wooden tools can only smelt for a short amount of time. Coal is the preferred method of smelting as it can cook for an extended period of time and can be found in abundance underground. A stack of coal can smelt approximately 80 blocks, whereas one bucket of lava smelts 100 blocks.
3. What ores can you smelt in a furnace?
Any mined ore that stays in its ore form (like iron, gold, and netherite, for example) have to be smelted down in order to be used in their intended way. Ores like redstone, diamond, and coal do not need to be smelted unless they are mined with a silk touch pickaxe.
4. What foods can you cook in a furnace?
Furnaces are used to cook raw meats like beef, chicken, mutton, rabbit, and a variety of fish. Cooked meat has a much better saturation level than its raw counterpart, so it is beneficial for you to cook your meat before you eat it, especially if you are low on hunger.
5. Is the furnace the most efficient smelter and cooker?
Up until the Village and Pillage Update that occurred in early 2019, the furnace was the most efficient smelter and cooker. Now, however, smokers and blast furnaces can be used to cook and smelt, respectively, twice as fast than a regular furnace. Regular furnaces are used in each of these blocks’ crafting recipes.
Furnaces are an absolutely essential block in the current state of Minecraft that will aid you in your journey in the game. Considering they are one of the fundamental blocks of Minecraft needed for advancing in the game, it’s suggested that you make one quite early after entering your world for the first time.