The Block of Coal is a block that was added in the 13w18a snapshot. Like other blocks of its kind, it is a compact way to store the material. It may also be used as a building block. However, it is less appealing than other compacted ores.
In addition to compact storage, the block of coal is also a better material to use during longer smelting operations than its resource-equivilent, 9 coal, which smelts 72 items compared to 80 items.
|Block of Coal||Coal x9 |
|Coal||Coal||Coal||None||Block of Coal||None|
- Being able to smelt 80 items, the coal block is the second best fuel source, and by far the best fuel source with a full stack used (because the best fuel source is unstackable). It is only second to a bucket of lava.
- When first introduced in Minecraft 1.6 snapshots, it had a recolored "Block of Redstone" texture, which was soon changed to what is was later, then retextured again.
- Coal blocks were also implemented in the Minecraft 2.0 April Fools update.