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What's the best way to lightning proof a structure? I've seen some people attempt to place a 'ceiling' of glass at the top-most level of the map, but I don't know if this works or not (and it's a tad unattractive)... I'm a bit worried for my tree-house: enter image description here

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Not quite a duplicate, but 'this question' is very related. –  GnomeSlice Apr 28 '11 at 17:54
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You are right to worry. Ooh, I'd avoid playing that world until you have an insurance policy of some sort. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 28 '11 at 17:54
    
You might consider building your tree house high enough to be above the clouds. Though, I don't know anything about how effective that would actually be... does lightning have to come from a cloud? –  Grace Note Apr 28 '11 at 17:58
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@Grace Lightning comes from the very top of the map, so that doesn't work. Also it's a bit late now! –  fredley Apr 28 '11 at 18:00
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According to 'this question', lightning comes from above the ceiling of the map. So that wouldn't really help. –  GnomeSlice Apr 28 '11 at 18:06
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  • Keep regular backups until Notch provides a form of protection against this or a way to disable thunderstorms.
  • If you see a thunderstorm get far enough away that the chunks containing your treehouse are unloaded.

EDIT: As of Minecraft 1.6, fire is severely nerfed and will not burn through your buildings like before. Consequently, lightning is also nerfed, and may not be worth worrying about, unless you structure is made of difficult to replace flammable materials, such as certain colours of cloth and leaves.

EDIT 2: Leaves are now replaceable due to the ability to cut them with shears in Minecraft 1.7. As a result, even treehouses no longer need to fear lightening.

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I honestly don't understand why people insist in tree houses :) –  badp Apr 28 '11 at 18:01
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@fail because they're awesome! –  fredley Apr 28 '11 at 18:05
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@fail because treehouses are the best way to see your hard work go up in flames! –  authenticgeek Apr 28 '11 at 18:34
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Just sleep through the thunderstorm. Use a bed when one appears.

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The latest Bukkit Recommended Build (#733) has rain putting out fires like it should. And since lightning only occurs during rain, you shouldn't have any issues.

If you are on an SMP server, suggest they update to the latest Bukkit as soon as possible if they have not already.

I'm still confused on if the Vanilla (Default Mojang) Minecraft server has this issue or not.

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rain putting out fires like it should -- but in real life rain is rarely enough to put out a fire. –  dancek Apr 29 '11 at 13:03
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it's a good thing Minecraft <> real life then –  EdGruberman Apr 29 '11 at 20:53
    
still, the "like it should" is wrong ;) –  Lohoris Apr 30 '11 at 20:47
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In Minecraft SSP, rain puts out fire. Assuming SMP follows SSP, it should. –  EdGruberman May 1 '11 at 20:58
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