Minecraft’s hugely popular Skyblock challenge maps are a test of a gamer’s limits. These cards put players in an extreme survival situation where they have incredibly limited resources.

Death is always near for a new Minecraft Skyblock player. You could either fall out of the tiny confines of the floating island or run out of resources due to the irresponsible use of blocks and materials.

Even if it’s cozy, it’s difficult to expand your own island, especially when it comes to finding the right materials. One of these core materials is coal, which is obviously needed to power furnaces for both food and ingot smelting.

Get Charcoal in Skyblock in Minecraft

Getting coal can be tricky in Minecraft Skyblock (Image via Mojang)
Getting coal can be tricky in Minecraft Skyblock (Image via Mojang)

Minecraft players who are used to mining coal from the underground will have to adjust their strategy a bit.

Fortunately for gamers, there is an alternative to coal that works just as well as the original. Charcoal comes from burning wood in minimal oxygen spaces in real life, and the same method can be used in Minecraft to get it.

Fortunately, players don’t have to sweat all of that “oxygen” thing as they can simply burn logs to create piles of charcoal.

Players should keep in mind that only logs, stripped logs, or blocks of wood bark can be burned in a furnace to make charcoal. Using wooden planks or other wood-based creations will not produce the required result.

Logs are easy to get because even the starter skyblock island in Minecraft comes with a tree. Players will want to make sure they can get seedlings once they have expanded their islands so they can grow additional trees. It can get tight when it comes to space. So make sure the island has grown significantly larger before you plant trees.

The good news is that burning every form of log in Minecraft makes charcoal, so players don’t have to worry about whether the tree is oak or acacia.

Growing trees is a pretty straightforward process. As long as they have multiple blocks to grow and are exposed to direct sunlight, no watering is required. In addition, meaningful players can choose to use bone meal on the planted seedlings to accelerate their growth.

Once players have chopped the wood from their trees, all they have to do is place the logs in the top window of their oven interface. The necessary fuel must be placed below, otherwise the stove will not start to burn.

If Minecraft players don’t have coal or charcoal available, they can try using wooden planks to light the stove instead. Once the stove finishes burning the wood, it will emit charcoal in the far right window of the user interface. This will provide players with a renewable source of energy as long as they continue to plant and harvest trees.

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Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh