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Recommended way of clearing large lava pools

I keep a bucket of water with me to put out the fire and turning lava into obsidian stone. The process is slow and usually unutilizes the water, forcing a trip back to the ground level once in a while.

Is there a more efficient way to do it other than placing water right next to the lava block?

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why would anybody downvote this? –  bharal Jul 12 '12 at 1:13
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If this didn't change you can make save the trips to the ground level with an "infinite water source." You need two buckets/trips. Dig a 3 wide 1 high 1 deep hole: that makes 3 cubes of air in the ground. Fill the side cubes with buckets, then collect as much water as you want from the center cube. –  badp Jul 12 '12 at 10:03
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There is another question where I gave this same answer, but I will repeat it here as this is a separate question.

The two ways I can think of to deal with lava quickly, the first one being to fill in the lava with a material like gravel or sand (it will fall and fill up the pool). You can then dig out what you want to again or just continue on your merry. Downside is that this can require you to carry a bit of material with you.

Second option is the one I prefer and just requires a bucket. You can pick up and place the lava down in one single block location. If that location is out of the way then you have nothing else to do with it, just clear your way out two clicks at a time (pick up and drop back off). If you want to get rid of the lava then its just filling in that one block with stone dirt sand or whatever.

Note: Do Not forget to carry around a bucket of water as well though.. There is always that moment when you touch the lava you were sure you were safe enough from!

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