How to Make a Smoker in Minecraft

Cook your food faster with this easy craft

In Minecraft, a smoker is a craftable block that you can use to cook food items. It requires a furnace and some wood as ingredients, so it’s quite easy to make. While you can cook food in a furnace, turning the furnace into a smoker allows you to cook twice as fast. The furnace does lose the ability to smelt ore though, so ideally you’ll want to have access to both a furnace and a smoker.

What You Need to Make a Smoker in Minecraft

To craft a smoker, you’ll need to gather the following materials:

  • A crafting table (requires four wood planks)
  • A furnace (requires eight cobblestone)
  • Four logs or blocks of wood

How to Make a Smoker in Minecraft

Here’s how to make a smoker in Minecraft.

  1. Make yourself a crafting table and furnace if you haven’t already, and gather at least four logs.

    A furnace in minecraft.

    If you've already placed the furnace, you will need to mine it and place it in your inventory to turn it into a smoker.

  2. Open the crafting table interface.

    The crating table interface in Minecraft.
  3. Place the furnace in the center slot of the crafting table interface, and surround it with four blocks of wood on the top, bottom, left, and right.

    The smoker crafting recipe in Minecraft.

    You can use any combination of different types of logs, they don't all have to be the same type, and you can also use wood blocks taken from villages. Planks will not work.

  4. Move the smoker from the crafting table interface to your inventory.

    Moving a smoker to your inventory in Minecraft.
  5. Place the smoker in a convenient location.

    A smoker in Minecraft.

    If you need to move the smoker in the future, use a pickaxe to remove it. If you use any other tool, or your fists, to break the smoker, it will be destroyed without the option to pick it up.

How to Find a Smoker in Minecraft

While the smoker is pretty easy to craft, you can actually find them already placed in randomly generated villages around the world. If you can find a butcher villager, you can take their smoker for your own use.

Here’s how to locate and take a smoker in Minecraft.

  1. Locate a village.

    A village in Minecraft.
  2. Look through the village for a butcher NPC.

    A butcher NPC in Minecraft with his smoker behind him.
  3. Use a pickaxe to mine the butcher’s smoker.

    A mined smoker in a butcher's house in Minecraft.
  4. Walk over the broken smoker to pick it up.

    Holding a smoker in a butcher's house in Minecraft.
  5. You can now place the smoker back in your home base or wherever else you like.

How to Use a Smoker in Minecraft

Smokers are used to cook meat and function a lot like furnaces in that respect, except they cook food twice as fast as a furnace can. If you have a ready source of meat, such as from a sheep or cow farm, you can easily keep yourself fed by cooking the meat in a smoker.

Here’s how to use a smoker in Minecraft.

  1. Craft a smoker, and place it somewhere convenient.

    A smoker in Minecraft.
  2. Obtain uncooked meat from an animal like a cow, pig, or sheep.

    Butchering a cow for beef in Minecraft.
  3. Open the smoker interface.

    The smoker interface in Minecraft.
  4. Place uncooked meat in the smoker interface.

    Beef in a smoker in Minecraft.
  5. Place fuel in the smoker interface.

    Beef smoking in a smoker in Minecraft.

    All the same fuel that works in furnaces also works in smokers, including wood and coal.

  6. Wait for the food to cook, and move it to your inventory.

    Beef in Minecraft.

Smokers can only process items that result in an edible product, like raw meat. Items that aren’t edible after being cooked, like chorus fruit that cooks into inedible popped chorus fruit, can’t be processed in a smoker. Similarly, you can’t smelt metal in a smoker.

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