Blast furnaces were included in the 1.14 update of Minecraft and have since remained a very powerful alternative to standard furnaces. These blocks smelt items twice as fast as ordinary furnaces but at the cost of increased fuel costs.
If Minecraft players have fuel to spend, they might consider using a blast furnace from time to time. However, these furnaces have some restrictions, as they can only smelt raw ore, ore blocks, as well as tools, weapons, and armor made of iron/gold/chainmail. Because of this, they are a little less diverse, but they are still incredibly effective in their work.
Making and Using Blast Furnace Blocks in Minecraft
To build a blast furnace in Minecraft, players will need five iron ingots, three smooth stone blocks, and a standard furnace. Iron ingots can be smelted from cast iron or iron ore blocks, and smooth stones can be produced by smelting standard stone blocks.
However, before the blast furnace can be built, players will have to engage themselves in the task of building a routine furnace, which will require eight cobblestone-grade blocks. This includes standard cobblestone, cobbled deepslate or blackstone. These blocks can be used interchangeably in a furnace recipe.
Once players have their blast furnace in place, they will need to carve out a place in their game world. Later, Minecraft players can interact with blocks by right-clicking on the console versions of the game or by pressing the ‘Use item/block’ button. This will open the block’s user interface, and it may take some time to adjust.
blast furnace interface
- Below the small ‘flame’ icon, players will have access to their fuel slots. Players can store their fuel items in this slot, including coal, lava buckets or blocks of wood, if needed. Various less-affordable fuel sources are also available in case players run out in a pinch.
- Above the flame icon is the smelting material slot. This is where players will place their raw ore, ore blocks, or equipment/armor. At this point, if the fuel has already been placed, the flame icon will light up and begin to tick down. That means smelting has started.
- To the right of the two slots mentioned in the previous steps is the output slot. Once an item has been successfully smelted, it will be placed in this slot. Players can then take items and place them in their character’s inventory for further use.
that’s all there is to it. The interface for blast furnaces is essentially the same as for standard furnaces, so it shouldn’t take players much time to figure out how to use them.
For projects that require players to complete in a hurry, a blast furnace can be a great way to smelt raw materials quickly. This process will require a lot more fuel than a furnace, but results come at a much faster clip. This creates an inherent dynamic in whether players are willing to burn more fuel to collect their smelted items in a much faster and more efficient way.