Campfires can be used as:
- A source of light
- A decorative fireplace, which will not spread to other blocks
- Cooks up to four food items in 30 seconds, include:
- Can act as a smoke signal if a hay bale is used; or a marker to a player's base.
- Placing a campfire underneath a beehive/bee nest allows a player to collect honey without angering the bees.
- Campfires can deal damage to mobs, even if underwater, with the exceptions of guardians and shulkers.
Players can light a campfire to create a "cozy" light source. Regular campfires emit a light level of 15; soul campfires emit a light level of 10. Regardless of type, the fire can be put out by using a shovel on or waterlogging it.A hay bale can be placed directly under a campfire block to create smoke signals, which can be seen from very far away, increasing smoke height from 10 blocks to 25 blocks.
Campfires can also be used to cook food, although it takes longer for it to cook than if a furnace or smoker is used. The progress of the food cooking is not displayed, and the food will pop off of the campfire once cooked.
If a player were to walk on a regular campfire, they would take 1 damage; if they walk on a soul campfire, they would take 2 damage. This is negated if they are sneaking or wearing Frost Walker Boots. This is also the same if the player has Fire Resistance.
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A Campfire can be harvested with any tool or by hand, but an axe is the fastest.
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Campfires were revealed as a possible addition in the lead-up to the Minecon Earth. Viewers were encouraged to vote for one of three existing biomes during the Livestream, and the one with the most votes would be updated with various additions.
In an animated video, developers Jens Bergensten and Agnes Larsson revealed campfires as a feature of a taiga update if it were to get the most votes (sweet berry bushes and foxes were also mentioned).
Following the Minecon Earth Livestream, Mojang announced the winner in a Twitter post:
"The winner of the MINECON Earth biome vote is Taiga!!!
Foxes, berries and campfires coming to an Overworld near you!"
- If a player dies from being on a campfire, then the death message will say: "discovered the floor is lava". This is the same death message that appears when a player dies while standing on magma blocks.
- The April Fools special in 2019, Minecraft 3D, features campfires.
- Fishermen villagers have a chance to sell campfires in exchange for emeralds.
- Campfires can be relit into many other ways other than using flint and steel. Some of them can be done through fire charges, or by using a bow enchanted with Flame.
- Campfires will not be extinguished by rain but can be extinguished if water runs over it or if splashed with a splash water bottle.
- Animals mobs that drop meat will not drop the cooked versions of their meat when they die on the campfire.
- Putting a campfire underneath a hive will not make bees attack you when you are collecting honey or honeycomb. This is similar to a tool that is used in real life, which is called a bee smoker.