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Since 12w22, smelting yields experience orbs.

Stone, when mined with a normal pickaxe (without silk touch enchantment), yields cobblestone.

Smelting cobblestone yields stone and some experience orbs (according to the wiki it's 0.1 xp).

So if one keep smelting cobblestone to stone, then mine the stone to get cobblestone, then keep this going, could it be an efficient way for gaining experience orbs?

Don't ask me to try before seeing definite answers because I afraid it would take a lot of time.


I don't want anybody to try to waste their own time and give me an empirical answer. I expect seeing some sort of calculation which probably involves probability, and also taking account of something that I may have missed.

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up vote 10 down vote accepted

You can indeed get experience orbs by smelting common materials, but you have to use coal or charcoal to do the smelting.

Coal is a limited resource and charcoal requires farming, so this isn't quite a game-breaking XP generation loop.

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having said that, you usually end up with excess cobblestone, so getting in to the habit of smelting cobblestone to stone can net you a significant exp boost – Robotnik Dec 28 '12 at 11:34
Using a lava bucket could smelt up to 100 blocks, and as lava isn't hard to find (I can get from the Nether, and in the overworld there are lava pools underground and some even on the surface). – Alvin Wong Dec 28 '12 at 12:36
The furnace eats the bucket too, so make sure you have some spare iron – Jeffrey Lin Dec 28 '12 at 15:33
@JeffreyLin don't remember since which version, it returns the bucket. – Alvin Wong Dec 28 '12 at 15:49
Bucket is now returned. Use lava, people. – pp19dd Dec 28 '12 at 16:40

It would give you Much XP, But would damage your pick. I would not recomend this

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If you have a lot of cobblestone and charcoal, picks are pretty much free. – SevenSidedDie Dec 31 '12 at 3:30

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