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How to use a Blast Furnace in Minecraft

Minecraft Blast Furnace
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Trying to figure out how to work a Minecraft Blast Furnace? Or perhaps you're considering crafting one but you're not sure if it's worth effort. Either way, everything can seem a little overwhelming when you first set foot inside the blocky sandbox world of Minecraft. It's true that there's a lot to learn and you may be wondering whether a Blast Furnace is an essential workstation. That's where I come in.

A Blast Furnace probably isn't something you'll want to build early on unless you have the materials to spare. It works in a very similar way to a normal furnace, but at twice the speed. The downside to this is that it can only smelt things like ore, and certain tools and armor—you'll need to roast your chickens elsewhere! Read on to find everything you should know about the Blast Furnace in Minecraft, as well as what you need to craft one.

How to craft a Minecraft Blast Furnace

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Crafting the Blast Furnace is relatively easy, provided you have the required ingredients—and even then, they're not particularly difficult to get hold of. You need one Furnace, five Iron Ingots, and three pieces of Smooth Stone. 

The standard Furnace can be made with eight pieces of Cobblestone, which is pretty common. If you're at a loss, just dig down for a bit, and you'll come across some soon enough. 

To get the Smooth Stone, you need to cook Cobblestone twice. The first time it turns to Stone, and then to Smooth Stone the second. 

The most difficult ingredient you need is the Iron Ingots. The difficulty in acquiring iron ore will come down to how lucky you are with your world and terrain. You can often see Iron Ore in shallow caves, though in some cases, you may have to mine a bit further to locate some. Once you've found the ore, you can smelt it into Iron Ingots. If you happen to get lucky with treasure chests, you can also make one by combining nine Iron Nuggets, but that's more hassle than it's worth, frankly. 

How to use a Minecraft Blast Furnace

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Using a Blast Furnace is more or less the same as using a regular Furnace. Just pop some fuel in the bottom-left section, and follow it with the smeltable item in the top-left section. Remember, Blast Furnaces can only smelt things. But, while they do so at twice the speed, it uses fuel at twice the rate too. But can you really put a price on the time you'll save? 

The most common way to use the Blast Furnace is to smelt down blocks of ore into ingots, but you can also use them to melt down weapons, tools, and armour. Everything else has to go through a normal Furnace.

The Minecraft Blast Furnace is also the 'job' block for the armorer profession within a village.