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Minecraft Logs

Logs are a vital resource obtained from trees in Minecraft. In Survival Mode, much of the initial gameplay depends solely on this resource as a player has to start harvesting logs to make any advancement since they pave the paths for crafting tools, items, etc.

Logs are obtained from trees, and many different varieties ranging from biome to biome, but they share the same purposes. They will catch and spread fire in a moment, so players should be careful when using a flint & steel ear objects that can catch fire. Furthermore, logs can be smelted in furnaces to produce coals. There are six main types: Oak, Birch, Spruce, Dark Oak, Acacia, and Jungle. These are obtained from their respective trees. Their crafting is not affected, even though they make different coloured Wooden Planks.

How do you get logs in Minecraft?

Decide the type of log you want:

Since there are various types of logs available to you, there are various options for you to choose from. However, the difference matters only in a few applications, with the most popular being the construction of buildings where different textures have the potential to spruce up the appearance. In contrast, tools will have the same texture regardless of the type of log used making the effort to specifically locate them futile.

Minecraft Logs

Find the tree:


Once you have decided upon the type of log you want, you now need to find that tree in your Minecraft world. For example, you will have to find an Oak tree for harvesting Oak logs. Oak trees are usually found in the Forest, Extreme Hills, Swampland or Mesa Plateau biomes.

Hold an axe:

Once you have crafted an axe. Equip it and move towards the trees. Although, it is worth mentioning that initially, trees will have to be chopped by hand since no alternate options will be available. The only difference between chopping with hand and an axe is the speed of producing logs. With axe its faster, and more efficient.

Minecraft Tree

Start chopping:

By now, you have found a tree and have an axe equipped. All that’s left is chopping down the tree by holding the left-click button. Continue chopping till the log breaks and floats about as a pick-able item.

Log in minecraft

Pick up the Oak Log:

Grab the oak log on the ground and get crafting!

oak wood in Minecraft

What is wood used for in Minecraft?


Logs do not occur in many crafting recipes. However, after being converted into planks they become a part of a ton of recipes. The most common recipe dedicated entirely to wooden planks is the Crafting Table. Without the crafting table itself, half of the items in Minecraft wouldn’t be available to us. Apart from the Crafting Table, another important produce from planks are sticks. Sticks are the building block for many items such as rails, signs, torches, as well as most tools without which progressing in Survival Multiplayer isn’t possible. Items, crafted from planks are mentioned in the table below along the number of logs needed.

ProductNumber of logs needed
Boat (BE), (JE)44382
Campfire27 crafted, 8 cooked
Charcoal0 crafted, 1 cooked
Crafting Table1
Fences Gate1
Stripped Log1
Stripped Wood4
Torch1 crafted, 8 cooked
Wooden Axe2
Wooden Hoe3
Wooden Pickaxe2
Wooden Pressure Plate1
Wooden Shovel1
Wooden Slab3
Wooden Stairs3
Wooden Sword5
Wooden Trapdoor3


In accordance with being an important crafting material, Wood can also be used as fuel. When burned inside a Furnace, one Wood will be consumed for every item that is smelted. While not nearly as efficient as Coal or Charcoal, Wood does make up for it by being a renewable resource or a relatively abundant resource.


What is the rarest wood in Minecraft?

Dark oak wood is the rarest wood in Minecraft since it generates naturally in one biome only – the dense, dark roofed forest. In this biome, trees grow so close together that it’s often dark enough for hostile mobs to spawn during the day.

Can you turn planks back into logs?

Apart from using the many available mods, there is no legible way to turn planks back into logs. However, it shouldn’t be much of a big deal since trees are in abundance throughout the map and can be easily chopped.

How many items can a wood plank smelt?

You can smelt 1.5 items per wooden plank.

What is the best fuel source in Minecraft?

Wooden slabs are by far the best and most efficient fuel in Minecraft for the simple reason that you can make a lot of them out of just a few logs. 3 logs make 12 planks, which in turn create 24 wooden slabs, which all burn for 15 seconds. This means just 3 logs give you 360 seconds of burning time or little over 1/3 of the burning time of a lava bucket.

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