What are the advantages/disadvantages making a minecraft house built out of wooden planks?

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    Welcome to Gaming! Please note that questions should be based on an actual problem to fit our Q&A format. We're not meant to be a forum where you can create a "Minecraft House 2011" thread, there are plenty of alternative sites that already contain these kind of topics. So, please try to build a house yourself and consult us when you have any problems; you might however try something along the lines of "What are some common pitfalls when building a house?" which could turn into a great community wiki to prevent future Minecraft house building problems. Good luck and have fun... :) Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 14:15
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    Unfortunately, as you note, this question is very broad and subjective, and neither of these qualities are well-suited, in my opinion, to the format of this site, with detailed high-quality answers. As you note, "sharing your experiences" with building a house only optionally includes the advantages and disadvantages of different houses, which IMO is a much more actual problem people encounter. I would recommend modifying this question to instead focus on whether or not there are advantages or disadvantages to different qualities in a house.
    – Mana
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 14:17
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    @Mana I reworded the question, it sounds better now. Thanks for your help!
    – alexyorke
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 15:01
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    It looks better! Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 19:57

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  • Wood is quicker to obtain than cobblestone, as you get 4 wooden planks for each wood block.

  • Wood can be farmed (more easily than cobblestone can be), meaning you don't need to destroy the landscape to build your house.

  • Transported as logs rather than planks, you can carry a lot more in you inventory (as you can 'expand' the logs into planks as you need them.

  • Wood fits better with bookcases, chests etc. to give a more homely aesthetic.


  • Fire caused by lightning

  • Creeper explosions will do more damage

  • Fire caused by lava, expected or otherwise

  • Farming trees can be tedious, especially if you have to spend extra time removing the branches from large trees

  • Fire caused by your own flint and steel in a moment of carelessness

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    You know, I was going to answer this question, but when two more answers came up while I was still typing, I gave up. +1 for the awesome disadvantages pic. Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 16:10
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    Possibly worth mentioning that the "disadvantage" can happen from lightning hitting the house, not just careless use of flint & steel. Same applies for wooden roofs as well... which I use almost exclusively. Whoops. Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 16:21
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    Re: Advantage 2: Have you seen how easy and compact that cobblestone generators have become? Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 16:43
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    The picture is perfect.
    – alexyorke
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 18:23
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    The picture just made my day. Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 20:01


  • Planks are renewable, as trees are a limitless source. Cobblestone will eventually run out (unless you use lava flows, but that could be dangerous).
  • Much easier to construct and bulldoze. You get 4 planks for each trunk of wood, and with any axe trees go down a lot faster than stone. You can even break it unarmed to save tool uses if you're not in a rush, whereas with stone, you don't get anything.
  • It matches bookcases, fences, and some other decorative objects better.
  • If you completely run out of planks and need something in a jiffy, you can just pop a hole in your house and use the wood from it.


  • It's easy to destroy; either by fire or creeper blasts.
  • You generally won't end up with piles upon piles of planks just by doing mining, whereas with cobblestone you'll likely be overflowing in it.
  • You have to plant trees to get more wood for building. This might not be such a big deal if you're harvesting them to get wood for tools, though.

Personally, I find wood buildings to be more eye-pleasing, but that's pretty subjective. Cobblestone, especially in the default skin, is pretty busy looking.

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    Granted wood is easier to come by, but given that Minecraft will generate new terrain (until killed by rounding errors), cobblestone is effectively infinite also. Unless you're making a 1:1 scale model of Mordor, you're unlikely to ever run out of cobblestone.
    – Cyclops
    Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 19:07
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    Cobblestone is renewable (using lava flows, like you said). It's not that dangerous to build a cobblestone generator, you just need to be a bit careful. Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 19:14

I'm no expert, but there are a few fairly obvious points to start:

  • Planks are more easily destroyed by creeper explosions than (for example) cobblestone.

  • Planks can catch fire and are consumed, which isn't true of some other materials.

  • Cobblestone is readily available in practically unlimited quantities, whereas wood for planks is less common and requires a little crafting--so it's a less efficient use of your time.

One advantage is that you'll probably get sick of seeing nothing but stone buildings after a short while, so a plank structure will look nicer in comparison.

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    Your disadvantages are awesome advantages if you want to demolish your wooden house, e.g. by burning it down. :)
    – Exa
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 15:48
  • @Exa: TNT is about as awesome though. Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 20:05
  • Oh yeah, just used it on my "first shelter".
    – Exa
    Commented Aug 10, 2011 at 20:32

The one thing no one has mentioned yet is the fact that wood buttons produce a slightly longer pulse. This does't matter unless you are going for a precise timing. Most redstone contraptions however will be fine with either stone or wood.

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