I want to set a hopper on fire on Minecraft, but I don't know how to keep it burning. Any ideas? (I'm not good with commands)

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Try this command:

/gamerule doFireTick false

This will disable all fire from going out, and will also disable fire spreading, but if the fire on the hopper is the only fire, then this is the way.

To turn fire tick back on, do the same command but change false to true.

  • To expand, the doFireTick gamerule tells whether or not Minecraft should "touch" fire in any way. This means it cannot spread, and it cannot be put out. A FireTick in Minecraft going around the world checking if certain conditions are met, and if they are, then spreading or putting out a fire.
    – APCoding
    Apr 16, 2016 at 15:44
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    While this works, it disables fire for the whole world, so keep that in mind when using it.
    – rivermont
    Apr 19, 2016 at 14:42

Update to 1.13: the syntax and functioning of commands has changed (twice). It is now possible to combine all into one Repeat Always active command block:

execute unless block X Y Z fire run setblock X Y Z fire

where X, Y and Z are the X, Y and Z coordinates of the fire block, respectively


execute unless                  # unless (if ... is not)              
    block                       # the block at 
    X Y Z                       # the coordinates [X,Y,Z]            
    fire                        # is fire
    run setblock                # place a block
        X Y Z                   # at the coordinates [X,Y,Z]  
        fire                    # of fire

Resets the fire within 1/20th of a second after burnout, and is lag-friendly*. The command block can be anywhere. Here is a screenshot:


* as lag friendly as 1.13 can be

  • ... all of this redstone (except the clock, but that's inferior to a repeating command block) is unneeded, you can just run /setblock X Y Z minecraft:fire, which will do nothing if there is already fire there.
    – pppery
    Aug 26, 2018 at 2:59
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    @ppperry but this is more lag-friendly imo
    – user143228
    Aug 27, 2018 at 9:04

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