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I was wondering, how can I make a never ending fire in Minecraft? (I want to use it in SMP)

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You need to use a Netherrack block, as all other blocks burn up or won't catch on fire.

Nethererrack burns for ever.

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There's always /give <player> 87 on servers that have it enabled. –  badp Mar 4 '11 at 14:55
    
Ah, of course. Then netherrack then is the only available block. –  Ray Britton Mar 4 '11 at 14:56
    
If you are in the End, bedrock will also burn indefinitely –  imulsion Dec 21 '13 at 13:47
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Prior to the 1.3 patch, you could make an infinite fire by lighting a block of wood / log on fire so that only one side is burning, and it would stay infinitely burning. However, that was fixed in 1.3, so now the only way of having a block infinitely lit on fire is to get Netherrack somehow (be it buying it from an in-game shop, mining Coal Ore with a Golden Pickaxe if your server has the Golden Nether mod, or simply going to the Nether if your server supports it) and lighting it.

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I thought forever burning logs was removed in a recent patch? Indeed, it has been fixed in 1.3 –  badp Mar 4 '11 at 14:49
    
Ahh, I'll remove that then. –  Kevin Y Mar 4 '11 at 14:51
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There used to be a bug that allowed you to do infinite fire, however, it was removed.

Now the only way is to harvest Netherrack from the nether. Then you can use flint and steel to light it once you have placed the netherrack down.

In SMP you would need a nether world or use the /give command.

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You could use a netherrack block. Just mine it from the nether.

Alternatively, you could use /give [user] 87 to get yourself a netherrack block.

This would be the only solution other than using a plugin.

Netherrack fires never burn out and if you want to read about them, check the Minecraft Wiki, Netherrack article.

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You may want to add the fact that the Nether is now also available in SMP in order to distinguish this answer from the rest. –  IQAndreas Aug 14 '13 at 19:35
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You can harvest netherrack and use that, but unless you want a fireplace why get a never ending fire? Also, light the netherrack with a fire charge/flint and steel.

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Because fire, that's why. –  SevenSidedDie Feb 23 '13 at 0:17
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/gamerule doFireTick false will make all fires burn infinitely without spreading.

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Sadly you can only use netherrack which you can mine in the nether.

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