Smelting and Cooking, basically, are referred to the very same process in Minecraft. On the top of that it is often called melting, baking, burning, or even producing. So, if you hear one of those words, it is very likely that someone is talking about Smelting. The reason for this multiword description is that Smelting process includes lots of processes and whether you melt Golden blocks to get Iron Ingots or insert Raw Chicken to make it hot and tasty – you still do it on one table. Well, not the most hygienic idea ever but as far as there are no viruses in the game, there is nothing to worry about.
In order to start smelting you will need two things:
- Fuel Source.
Furnace can be easily made out of 8 Cobblestones. For that matter you will need a Crafting Table.
And here’s how the Smelting Grid looks like:
Input > Output
As for the Fuel Source, it can be almost anything that burns in a real words starting with Coal and Wood and all the way up to Lava Buckets and Furniture
Now, to start smelting you will have to follow these 3 steps.
1. In the first box you input an item that is going to be heated;
2. In the box right under the item you put a power source. Usually, it’s coal.
3. After the smelting process is complete, check out the “Output” box.
Furnace won’t stop Smelting even if you leave the menu and go outside. But, it will be set on pause if you go too far or leave the dimension the furnace is located in. The Furnace will continue working and won’t stop as long as there is enough fuel. Each smelting operation takes 10 seconds and the progress will be shown on the arrow icon which indicates the Cooking. Unfortunately, you can’t speed up the smelting process by going to sleep. The trick here is that when a player goes to bed, no time actually passes and the game simply sets the time of a day to morning.
Smelting Ores and Materials
1. Iron Ingot
Ingredients: Iron Ore + Fuel
Result: Iron Ingots are used for crafting different items but mostly for Tools, Armors and Weapons.
2. Gold Ingot
Ingredients: Gold Ore + Fuel
Result: Gold Ingots are used for crafting different items but mostly for Tools, Armors and Weapons.
Ingredients: Sand + Fuel
Result: Glass is a basic element in crafting Glass Bottles and Glass Panes.
Ingredients: Cobblestone + Fuel
Result: Stone is a basic building material but is also used in some Crafting Recipes.
Ingredients: Clay + Fuel
Result: Bricks, as a separate item, are used only for making Flower Pots. However, when turned into a Brick Block it provides you with one of the most solid building materials in the game.
6. Nether Brick
Ingredients: Netherrack + Fuel
Result: Nether Brick can be used as building materials.
1. Cooked Porkchop
Ingredients: Raw Porkchop + Fuel
Result: Cooked Porkchop restores 4 food points. If compared, Raw Porkchop restores 2 food points only.
Ingredients: Raw Beef + Fuel
Result: Steak restores 4 food points. If compared, Raw Beef restores 2 food points only.
3. Cooked Chicken
Ingredients: Raw Chicken + Fuel
Result: Cooked Chicken restores 3 food points. If compared, Raw Chicken restores 1 food point only and has a 30% chance for food poisoning.
4. Cooked Fish
Ingredients: Raw Fish + Fuel
Result: Cooked Fish restores 3 food points. If compared, Raw Fish restores 1 food point only.
5. Baked Potato
Ingredients: Potato and Fuel
Result: Baked Potato restores 3 food points. If compared, Raw Potato restores 1 food point only.
Ingredients: Diamond Ore + Fuel
Result: Diamonds are used for crafting different items but mostly for Tools, Armors and Weapons.
2. Lapis Lazuli
Ingredients: Lapis Lazuli Ore + Fuel
Result: Lapis Lazuli has no particular value usage and so far can be used as Blue dye.
3. Redstone Dust
Ingredients: Redstone Ore + Fuel
Result: Redstone Dust is kind of specific element and can be used in brewing. However, its actual value can be seen when building Redstone circuits for different mechanisms.
Ingredients: Coal Ore + Fuel
Result: Coal is a basic fuel element mostly used for making torches. Ironically, it can be used as a fuel source to create Coal.
Ingredients: Emerald Ore + Fuel
Result: Emerald can be used to craft Emerald Blocks or when trading with citizens in exchange of other great items.
6. Nether Quartz
Ingredients: Nether Quartz Ore + Fuel
Result: Nether Quartz is a key element for a limited number of items and can be used to craft Daylight Sensor or Redstone Comparator.
Ingredients: Wood + Fuel
Result: Charcoal is a key element in crafting torches. It also can be used as a decent fuel source.
2. Green Cactus
Ingredients: Cactus + Fuel
Result: Green Cactus has no particular value and can be used as a Green dye.