Logs, also known as Wood, are a crucial base resource in the Minecraft found in trees. All of the beginning gameplay in Survival Mode relies on this resource since a player must start by harvesting log to make any progress. Log is collected from trees, and several different kinds vary from biome to biome, but for all intents and purposes, they will all do the same thing. Log can catch on fire and spread it in an instant, so it is a good idea to be cautious when using flint and steel or lava near log. Charcoal can be created from a log by smelting a piece of wood in a furnace.

The process of gathering log is commonly known as 'punching trees.'


Logs are a key resource during all the stages in Minecraft. It can be crafted into wooden planks and then into sticks, which are used to make tools. Players can grow cocoa beans on jungle logs.


Wooden Planks
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Wood Types

From left to right: Oak, Spruce, Birch, Jungle, Acacia, and Dark Oak.

  • Acacia - Red log, grey wood.
  • Birch - White-coloured wood with black streaks.
  • Oak - Light-brown log, brown wood.
  • Dark Oak - Brown log, dark-brown wood.
  • Jungle - Oak log rotated sideways, with some green mixed in.
  • Spruce - Light-brown log, dark-brown wood.

Logs can also be stripped by using an axe, converting it into a Stripped Log.


  • As of update 1.4, leaves that do not touch logs will decay. The only exception is if a player places down the leaves.
  • When the game was first created, there was only one type of log, oak. Birch and spruce logs were added in Alpha, and jungle logs were added in 1.2. Acacia and dark oak logs were added in 1.7.2.
  • Logs are widely considered to be the most important material in Minecraft.
  • As of 1.13, if a player right-clicks a block of log with an axe selected, it will turn into a stripped log, and it can not be changed back.
  • Fallen tree logs may spawn in forest biomes and they will sometimes have a mushroom on top.


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