Smelting is a method of obtaining refined goods from raw materials by heating in a furnace, blast furnace, or smoker. There are many important things to remember when smelting items, to save both resources and time. There are multiple fuels that can be used to smelt items. The type of fuel that should be used depends on the number of items in question.

In this article, Gruugamer is going to showcase the top 5 best fuels for Smelting in Minecraft.

1. Lava Bucket

To fill an empty bucket with lava, use it on a lava source block or lava in a cauldron. The block is consumed in the process. Flowing lava does not fill a bucket.

Lava Bucket
Lava Bucket

A lava bucket can be used as an efficient fuel. It has the longest burning value of 1000 seconds, compared to 800 seconds for a coal block (a lava bucket smelts 100 items, and a coal block smelts 80). After smelting starts, the lava bucket turns into an empty bucket. If players planning on smelting a huge number of items, using the lava bucket is the easiest, as they are renewable via dripstones.

2. Blocks of coal

Coal blocks can be crafted only from regular coal, not charcoal. It is crafted in the same way as other mineral blocks. It is a slightly less effective version of the lava, with only 80% of the effect. However, coal blocks can be stacked to 64, unlike a bucket, which consumes much less space. If players are building something big that needs a lot of smelting, such as structures make entirely from glass, carrying coal is much easier.

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Blocks of coal

3. Dried Kelp Blocks

Dried kelp blocks are blocks primarily used as fuel in furnaces, blast furnaces, and smokers. Its burning time is 200 seconds (4000 ticks), and it is able to smelt 20 items. This is 2.5 times the burn duration of coal and charcoal, and 0.25 times the burn duration of a block of coal.

Dried Kelp
Dried Kelp

It is the fuel with the highest number of operations per fuel below 64 items. The highest number of items that can be smelted without any refills or hoppers and without loss of fuel is 60 items (3 dried kelp blocks).

4. Blaze Rod

Blaze rods are items exclusively obtained from blazes. When used in a furnace, a blaze rod lasts 120 seconds (12 items). Overall, while it doesn't last as long as the above blocks, players can find Blaze Rod fairly easily by creating a blaze farm from a spawner.

Blaze Minecraft
Blaze drops a lot of this material

Aside being a great fuel, they also act as an essential ingredient in brewing, as a fuel for both brewing and smelting, and for crafting the eye of ender that leads the player to the End.

5. Coal

Coal is a mineral item mainly obtained by harvesting coal ore. It is used as fuel, for crafting torches and campfires, or for trading with villagers. When used in a furnace as a fuel, a piece of coal lasts 80 seconds (smelting up to 8 items).

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Charcoal Vs Coal

Coal and charcoal are also the only fuels accepted by furnace minecarts. They provide approximately four minutes of transit each.

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