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What's the order of "best fuels"?

Example: Coal cooks less than lava and blaze rods, wood cooks less than coal, etc.

What's the order of fuels based on their 'cooking quantity'?

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Just use stacks of coal, they work the best and you can smelt 8 items with one coal so a total of 512 items with one stack of coal. –  Gigala Jul 25 '14 at 11:42

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Fuel efficiency found in Smelting

                           Burn Time  Burn Time     Fuel needed to
Fuel                        (ticks)   (smeltings*)  smelt 64 items
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Lava Bucket                  20000         100                0.64
Block of Coal                16000          80                0.8
Blaze Rod                     2400          12                5.3
Coal and Charcoal             1600           8                8
Huge Mushrooms                 300           1.5             43
Wood and wooden things†        300           1.5             43
Daylight Sensors               300           1.5             43
Banners                        300           1.5             43
Wood tools and weapons         200           1               64
Wooden Slabs                   150           0.75            86
Stick                          100           0.5            128
Saplings                       100           0.5            128

* Number of items smelted per fuel item
† Anything mostly crafted from wood: Crafting tables, Chests, Jukebox (Except Slabs)

Note that the effective efficiency of the long-burning materials goes down rapidly if you don't restock the furnace.

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Do not that efficiency is not the only thing you should take into account. Renewability (is a resource infinite or not) comes into play too, as well as "obtainability" (how easy is it to get/transport the resource). Lava buckets use iron, which is non-renewable. Blaze rods are infinite, and easily obtainable when you have a blaze spawner. –  Konerak Jun 20 '13 at 6:17
    
Would be awesome if charcoal blocks existed –  Flaunting Jul 25 '14 at 11:41
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@Konerak The bucket is not used up during the smelting process, so the renewability of the 3 iron bars used to make it is of minimal concern for large smelting operations - in reality you're much more likely to run out of lava. –  Psychemaster Oct 16 '14 at 11:46
    
So, at the risk of stating the obvious: combine your coal into blocks (if you're smelting large quantities that is) and split your wood into sticks before burning it - or better yet convert it to charcoal first. –  Jon of All Trades Mar 11 at 1:57
    
@Konerak Iron is renewable, through the use of iron golem farms. However these are impractical to make and are usually mistaken for being unrenewable. –  Angus Atkinson Apr 14 at 7:17

Sorting the entries in this table based on the last column gives this list:

  • Lava Bucket
  • Block of Coal
  • Blaze Rod
  • Charcoal
  • Coal
  • Fence
  • Fence Gate
  • Wooden Stairs
  • Wooden Pressure Plate
  • Wood Planks
  • Wood
  • Chest
  • Trapped Chest
  • Daylight Sensor
  • Bookshelf
  • Crafting Table
  • Trapdoor
  • Huge Mushrooms
  • Note Block
  • Jukebox
  • Wooden Tools and Weapons
  • Wooden Slabs
  • Stick
  • Saplings
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Found an even better list

Under the section "Fuel efficiency"

From most to least efficient (according to new list):

  • Lava Bucket
  • Block of coal
  • Blaze rod
  • coal
  • charcoal
  • Huge Mushrooms
  • Note Block
  • Jukebox
  • Daylight Sensor
  • Trapped Chest
  • Chest
  • Bookshelf
  • Crafting table
  • Trapdoor
  • Wooden Stairs
  • Fence Gate
  • Fence
  • Wooden preasure plate
  • Wood
  • Wood Planks
  • Wooden Tools and Weapons
  • Wooden slabs
  • Stick
  • Saplings

@Meraj99 - Because you can use them as fuel for a furnace xD

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Why are there bookshelves, huge mushroom blocks, swords in the list.... –  Meraj99 May 29 '13 at 13:53
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Burning jukeboxes...it's like a really efficient CD burning. Cast out the devil's music and repent! –  Alex May 29 '13 at 13:56

Lava bucket, block of coal, blaze rods, coal and charcoal are the good fuels, however if you are in a survival situation, you may need to use items like saplings and sticks.

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  1. lava
  2. command block
  3. blazerod
  4. coal/charcoal
  5. jukebox
  6. note block
  7. wood
  8. sticks
  9. saplings
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....don't you mean coal block? –  Nyerguds Apr 27 at 6:46

Least to Greatest, Blaze Rod, Lava Bucket, Coal, Charcoal, Wood, Wooden Planks, Wooden Slabs, Wooden Tools, Saplings.

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Um, that's greatest to least, and the order is kinda wrong. –  Meraj99 May 30 '13 at 13:01

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