What Does a Blast Furnace Do in Minecraft?

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Updated · Apr 19, 2023

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Does smelting ores in a standard furnace feel like it’s taking an eternity? 

Yeah, I’ve been there too. That’s exactly why I’m going to show you a solution to this problem. It’s called a Blast Furnace in MC, and it works wonders.

So, what does a blast furnace do in Minecraft exactly?

I have a whole guide prepared for you. 

What Does a Blast Furnace Do in Minecraft?

Just like all the other furnaces in Minecraft, it’s an essential block that lets you smelt down ores and also Iron, Gold, Chainmail armors and tools. 

The difference between the standard one and the blast furnace in MC is that the latter will do the job twice as fast. Also, unlike the standard one, it’s only used for raw materials. 

In addition, you can’t cook food in it. Even more, although it’s twice as fast, you won’t get double the XP by using it. Therefore, you only benefit from the fast production.

This fast Minecraft furnace will also use double the fuel of a standard one. However, you will stack Gold ingots in no time.

Now that you’re aware of the pros and cons, let’s move on to the actual process.

How To Craft a Blast Furnace

Crafting a blast furnace isn’t that hard, as you can find the materials in the early stages of the game. You’ll need: 

  • Five Iron ingots
  • One furnace
  • Three Smooth stones

You done?

Great! Now, open the Crafting Menu in a 3x3 grid and follow the blast furnace recipe:

  1. First, add three Iron ingots in the first three slots.
  2. In the second row, place one Iron ingot followed by a furnace and another iron ingot.
  3. On the third row, place the three smooth stones.
  4. When you place the items in the right pattern, the furnace will appear in the box next to the grid.
  5. Lastly, move it into your inventory.

Congrats on your blast furnace!

Shall we discuss its uses now?

How To Use a Blast Furnace

Using a blast furnace requires fuel, just like any standard one. You can use Wood, Coal, Charcoal, or other things like lava buckets or blaze rods. Some of them burn longer, thus increasing the number of items that could be smelted. 

The blast option, unlike other Minecraft furnace types, is only used for smelting certain items

Therefore, you can’t cook your meals in it, sorry. 

However, they are great if you mine a lot of ore or need to break items into their materials fast. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Once you build a blast furnace, simply place it on a block. Do it by pointing at one until it gets highlighted.
  2. Interact with it.
  3. Add fuel (coal, for example) to the furnace by putting it in the bottom box.
  4. Place an item that you want to smelt in the upper box.
  5. Once the job is done, the item will appear in the box to the right.
  6. Lastly, move it to your inventory.

Voila! You’ve learned how to use a blast furnace.

Wrap Up

Smelting items used to be a long and, quite frankly, boring process.

That was until the blast furnace was introduced in 2019. Since then, more and more people took on mining ores.

However, you can’t roast a chicken in a blast furnace and that is a huge downside. Just kidding. It would most probably vaporize the meat and no one wants that.

So, now you know what a blast furnace does in Minecraft and how exactly to make one.

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Are blast furnaces worth it Minecraft?

Yes, especially if you mine a lot of ores and want to smelt them fast. No, if your main goal is to roast a chicken.

Is there no blast furnace in Minecraft?

There is a blast furnace in MC.

What can blast furnaces smelt?

Raw ore, ore blocks, and tools or armor made of iron, gold, or chainmail.


Deyan Georgiev

Deyan Georgiev

Deyan has been fascinated by technology his whole life. From the first Tetris game all the way to Falcon Heavy. Working for TechJury is like a dream come true, combining both his passions – writing and technology. In his free time (which is pretty scarce, thanks to his three kids), Deyan enjoys traveling and exploring new places. Always with a few chargers and a couple of gadgets in the backpack. He makes mean dizzying Island Paradise cocktails too.

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