Imagine you spawn in Nether, or stuck because your portal is destroyed.
How will you survive?
Coal is cheap and easy to get ingredient for early stage of the Game.
If you can build Furnace in Nether now, you should be able to get a lot of coal also.
But it does not make sence to have Coal in Hell. It is another dimension and should have as less as possible ores from overworld.
That's why I suggest to replace coal in the Nether for something else similar in function
There is debate on whether the Nether is truly a new dimension or just the lower underground of the Overworld from a storytelling perspective. I see it as the latter so to me ores crossing over is expected, it's whatever didn't melt in the lava. Coal would melt though.
Cobblestone is not naturally found in the Nether either, as another topic here mentions. Yet you want to use furnaces.
The Wiki is a bit unclear on whether that can be made from Nether logs.
You can't. I distinctly remember reading the patch notes for a snapshot and seeing they fixed a bug where the new stems/planks could be used as fuel. It makes perfect sense since the mushrooms would have adapted to become fireproof after being surrounded by lava.
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Just Cause series
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