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What is the purpose of Netherrack? How do I build a nether portal and activate it? I have tried to activate the portal, but it doesn't work; it just burns out.

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Make sure the portal is 2 X 3 on the inside –  Qwertie Oct 24 '13 at 22:49
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Hey Shell, and welcome to Arcade! You have asked three different questions, I suggest asking each question separately. This way it's easier for us to answer them one at a time, and you get more reputation. If you look for each question individually you may even find the answer without asking. –  Sadly Not Oct 24 '13 at 22:50
    
Tried that didn't work it just kept on burning and then when out. –  Shell_minecraftobsessed Oct 24 '13 at 22:51
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Poor typing doesn't usually get downvotes. What will get downvotes is asking questions that are easy to answer by using Google. –  SevenSidedDie Oct 24 '13 at 23:27
    
I'm not that smart in phrasing my question to make them hard it just that I'm mental different than others I can't comprehend things as well as others. –  Shell_minecraftobsessed Oct 24 '13 at 23:31

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What is Netherrack's purpose?

When lit on fire it remains on fire unless doused with a water block. It gives The Nether a bore hellish feel to it with fires not going out. It can be mined and brought back to the normal world and used to create fires that don't go out, like creating smoke from a chimney. Other uses include light sources or a tunnel that leads to a Nether Portal and have it slowly get covered in Netherrack.

It can also be smelted to make Nether Brick which can be crafted into their block from which can then be crafted into the Fences, Stairs and Slabs used in Nether Fortresses.

Other than that it's only to make thing look "underworldly" like in the normal world (like making a Demon Lords lair which inside has Nether Portal to his Nether Fortress)

How do I build a Nether Portal and activate it?

To build a Nether Portal you need Obsidian, minimum 4x6 frame(You are able to build bigger portals by increasing either width or height.), and if short on obsidian, you can cut off the corners. Next you activate it with a Flint'N'Steel to spark a fire. Portals can be deactivated using water.

When I build a portal I build it upright and not laying on the ground so if your building the frame so it's laying on the ground then try building it up, I have not ever seen a portal laying down on the ground activated but I only ever build upwards because I always build around it to represent the Holy Grail from Fate/Stay Night and the Nether is the Void Avenger has transformed into another world so "All the World's Evil" has become an evil world of hell, with that I need it upright for the stairs leading up to the sky where the void opened.

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You are incorrect about the portal. A portal must be 4x6 minimum, not maximum. It can be bigger than that size(6x6, 10x7, etc.) and there is no known maximum. –  RavenM Oct 26 '13 at 1:00
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@RavenM That's true now. It wasn't yesterday when this was written. Thank you for the edit suggestion updating this! –  SevenSidedDie Oct 26 '13 at 2:07

For a neither portal:

It is built as a frame of Obsidian (4x5 minimum, 23x23 maximum), after which the inside of the frame is ignited to activate it (flint and steel).

For netherrack:

Netherrack (formerly known as Netherstone), is a block that is the most abundant non-air block in The Nether. It has a texture similar to cobblestone, but pale red. When lit on fire, it burns indefinitely.
Go to Minecraft Wiki for more infomation.

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