How to Make a Campfire in Minecraft

Campfires are a popular decorative item in Minecraft. They usually serve as a source of light or as signals and are an excellent addition to your home’s fireplace. This guide will help you learn how to make a Campfire in Minecraft!

How to Make a Campfire in Minecraft

How to Make a Campfire in Minecraft Required Materials

In addition to a Crafting Table, you will need the following items.

  • 3 Sticks
  • 1 Coal or Charcoal
  • 3 Logs or 3 Wood of any type

How to Make a Campfire in Minecraft Step-by-Step

Step 1 – Gather Wood

The items needed to make a Campfire can be crafted from scratch or mined in the game. The basic ingredients can easily be found in Minecraft and can be made early on in the game if you desire. Wood Planks can be crafted from Wood. Approach any tree in the game and mine it using an ax or just your bare hands. You will obtain Logs. If you want Wood, you can place 4 Logs to obtain 3 pieces of Wood of the same type. To craft a Stick, you require 2 Wood Planks. Place one Wood Plank in the second slot of the top row, and another Wood Plank is the second slot of the middle row to obtain 4 Sticks.

Step 2 – Finding Coal and Charcoal

Coal can be obtained by mining Coal Ore using a pickax. Coal Ore appears as grey blocks with specks of black. Alternatively, you can make Charcoal by placing a Log in a Furnace and using some type of fuel to char it.

Step 3 – Open Crafting Grid

Approach a Crafting Table and open the 3×3 Crafting Grid. You must place the items in a specific pattern to obtain a Campfire. In the top row, place the 1 Stick in the second slot. The first and third slots must be empty. In the middle row, place a Stick in the first slot, Coal or Charcoal in the second slot, and Wood Planks or Logs in each slot of the bottom row.

Step 4 – Move to Inventory

You have successfully created a Campfire! It will appear in the box on the right of the Crafting Menu. You can now move it to your inventory.

Using a Campfire in Minecraft

Signal Fire

Campfires in Minecraft produce smoke particles that go up 10 blocks into the air before vanishing. If a bale of hay is placed below the Campfire, then the smoke floats up 24 blocks and acts as an excellent signal fire. The smoke particles from Campfire partially pass through anything placed directly above it. Naturally, as the height of the top block above a Campfire increases, fewer smoke particles get through. During rain, Campfires emit extra smoke particles.

Dealing Damage

Campfires, if lit, can deal damage to mobs that are standing over them. They cause 1 damage per tick, although it reduces due to the partial immunity feature of mobs when consistently taking damage. Campfires, however, cannot be used to destroy items, and do not cause lasting burning to mobs as regular fire does. Just like with Magma, you can avoid damage from Campfire by sneaking, wearing Frost Walker boots, or using a fire resistance potion.

Cooking Food

Raw food can be placed on a Campfire to cook. You can place up to 4 items on a Campfire at the same time. Small particles of smoke will appear on top of the food to indicate that it is being cooked. Food can also be cooked in Furnaces and Smokers, taking 10 and 5 seconds to cook respectively, as compared to the 30 seconds on a Campfire. Campfires, however, require no type of fuel and can burn endlessly. Note that food items can only be placed on a lit Campfire. There is also no external inventory present on a Campfire to add or remove items from.

Harvest Honey

One of the easiest ways to harvest Honey Bottles is to place a Campfire under a beehive. This also has the added benefit of not provoking the bees and helps you avoid damage from attacking bees.

Source of Light

Campfires produce a light level of 15 and can act as great signals, especially at night. Like almost all other light sources, Campfires also melt the nearby ice and snow.


Piglins are a hostile mob present in the Nether. Piglins that are not actively attacking can be kept away with the help of a Campfire.

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