Kelp or Bamboo for fuel?

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You were searching for a minecraft related post weren’t you? Here’s the answer but feel free to keep reading to learn more about how kelp can be used to make bio diesel in real life!

The Answer to Kelp vs Bamboo (Minecraft)

Not sure whether to use kelp or bamboo as a fuel source?

If space is a worry then use kelp. If automation is the concern then use bamboo.

Bamboo grows 1.5 to 3 times faster than kelp. But kelp can smelt 2.2 items (after being crafted into a kelp block) while a piece of Bamboo can only smelt 0.25 an item.

That means that 2.8 – 5.7 bamboo plants produce the same amount of fuel as 1 kelp plant.


  • Pros:
    • Grows quickly
    • Can be crafted into kelp blocks, which smelt 2.2 items each
    • Takes up less space than bamboo
  • Cons:
    • Can be difficult to find in some biomes
    • Requires a furnace to smelt items


  • Pros:
    • Grows even quicker than kelp
    • Can be smelted directly in a furnace, without the need to craft it into blocks
    • Can be used to make scaffolding, which is useful for building
  • Cons:
    • Takes up more space than kelp
    • Can be difficult to automate

Ultimately, the best fuel source for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you’re looking for a fuel source that is easy to find and takes up little space, then kelp is a good option. If you’re looking for a fuel source that is quick to grow and can be used to make scaffolding, then bamboo is a better choice.

Of course there are better fuel sources than kelp and bamboo. The best fuel source in Minecraft is a lava bucket. A lava bucket can smelt 100 items and lasts for 10,000 ticks. However, lava buckets are not renewable, so they are not always a practical option.

The next best fuel source is a block of coal. A block of coal can smelt 80 items and lasts for 800 ticks. Blocks of coal are renewable, so they are a more sustainable option than lava buckets.

Other renewable fuel sources include:

  • Charcoal: Charcoal can be made from wood and can smelt 8 items and lasts for 800 ticks.
  • Blaze rods: Blaze rods can be obtained from blazes in the Nether and can smelt 12 items and lasts for 1200 ticks.
  • Netherrack: Netherrack can be mined in the Nether and can smelt 10 items and lasts for 1000 ticks.

Has bamboo ever been used as a fuel source in the real world?

Yes, bamboo has been used as a fuel source in various parts of the world. In many Asian countries, bamboo is commonly used as a source of fuel for cooking and heating. This is because bamboo is abundant in these regions and burns easily, producing a hot flame with minimal smoke.

Bamboo can be used as a fuel source in several forms, including as raw bamboo logs, charcoal made from bamboo, and briquettes made from compressed bamboo fibers. Bamboo charcoal, in particular, is a popular alternative to traditional charcoal made from wood. It burns cleaner and produces less ash than wood charcoal, making it a more eco-friendly choice.

In addition to being used as a fuel source for cooking and heating, bamboo has also been used to generate electricity in some parts of the world. Bamboo can be burned in biomass power plants to generate electricity, providing a renewable energy source that is more sustainable than fossil fuels.

Kelp for bio diesel

Kelp is a form of seaweed harvested for use as food, animal feed, fertilizer, or silage. It is also harvested as a source of biofuel feedstock.

While it’s not as promising as land-based sources of biofuel, seaweed offers the potential for a sustainable source of biodiesel.

In the early 2000s, researchers in the United Kingdom developed a process by which the oils in terrestrial algae could be extracted.

They demonstrated the process on an industrial scale and took the concept to Scottish Biofuels, a commercial-scale biofuel producer.

The concept was to grow seaweed in shallow waters and extract the oil for conversion into bio-diesel. This was soon scaled up to commercial levels and produced a successful pilot plant.

The process involved growing the kelp in shallow waters and extracting the oil for conversion into bio-diesel.

The problem was that commercial use of the process required “a huge amount of kelp” to produce biofuel conversion into bio-diesel.

The challenge is that the process requires large amounts of water and seaweed feedstock, both of which are in high demand.

It also uses a great deal of fertilizer. All of these factors had to be weighed against the benefits of kelp as a biofuel source.

How is kelp processed?

In the United Kingdom, a kelp biofuel producer was able to extract the kelp’s valuable oil.

The harvested kelp was dried and ground up so that the oil could be extracted from it and reprocessed into bio-diesel.

The oil residues were re-purposed and could be used in biodiesel as well. The processed kelp, with its high oil content, could then be fed into the biodiesel process.

With the processing complete, the oil remained and was used for biodiesel. The spent algae was then recycled for use in animal feeds.

Properly processed, the waste product from this process — the “kelp cake” — could be used as fishmeal in fish farms.

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