Block: Coal

Name: Coal
Type: Block (Material)
Source: Mining
Stackable/Qty: Yes (64)
Crafting Recipe: N/A

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Coal is obtained by mining & is usually found when mining stone.  Unlike iron & other minerals coals can be found at higher levels (above sea level as well.)  Coal is the most abundant mineral block (other than stone & dirt blocks) and is an essential block to have for creating torches & use a fuel in the furnace for cooking food & smelting.

Block: Iron/Gold/Diamond

Name: Iron/Gold/Diamond
Type: Block
Source: Crafting Table
Stackable/Qty: Yes (64)
Crafting Recipe: 1 Block
9 Ingots (Iron or Gold)
-or-
9 Diamonds

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Block offer a simple method to store minerals or ingots.  A single slot of storage can hold 64 ingots, but can also hold 64 blocks.  Since 9 ingots make up a single block, 64 blocks hold 576 ingots.  Besides Iron & Gold, Diamond can also be used to create blocks as well.

Tool: Cauldron

Name: Cauldron
Type: Tool/Storage
Source: Crafting Table
Stackable/Qty: Yes (64)
Crafting Recipe: 1 Cauldron (Block)
7 Iron Ingots

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A Cauldron can be stored to store up to 2 buckets of water, it is primarily used as a water storage block & can used to fill-up to 6 Water Potions. Using a Cauldron with a brewing stand is helpful when setting up a location to create potions.

Block: Glass

Name: Glass
Type: Block (Material)
Source: Furnance
Stackable/Qty: Yes (64)
Crafting Recipe: 1 Glass (Block)
1 Sand (Block)

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Glass blocks are created in a Furnace with Sand Blocks.  Any heating source can be used to smelt sand into glass, typically coal is used, smelting can also be done with wood, sticks, planks, & lava buckets.

Block: Crafting Table

Name: Crafting Table
Type: Item/Block
Source: Crafting Table
Stackable/Qty: Yes (64)
Crafting Recipe: 1 Table
4 Wood Planks

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The Crafting table is one of the most useful items in Minecraft, and should be one of the first items you create.  The receipe is simple, just use 4 planks to create the table.  Once it’s in your inventory place it to begin crafting items, tools, & weapons.