Iron Chests is one of Minecraft’s most popular mods, completely expanding on the storage system. It’s less complicated than other storage mods, as it simply adds new tiers to Chests, which can be crafted from Vanilla Minecraft materials.
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One thing worth noting about the Chests provided by this mod is that they can’t be connected to form a double chest. However, they can still be individually placed down beside each other.
There are a few differences depending on the version of Minecraft you’re playing. For example, the textures of Iron Chests are different between Minecraft 1.12.2 and Minecraft 1.18, as they recently received an overhaul.
Differences can also be found between mod loaders. Iron Chests was created for Forge, however, users have taken it upon themselves to port it over to Fabric. So there could be some differences between the two versions.
Depending on the mods you have installed, other tiers of Chests may become available, such as Copper and Silver. So keep that in mind, as these Chests show up in Just Enough Items, but have no recipe.
Chests & Their Recipes
This section will cover each Chest that can be crafted from Vanilla Minecraft materials. Another thing to consider is that the mod includes Chests that can’t be crafted without extra mods installed. Specifically, ones that are made from Copper and Silver.
To get started with the mod, players should craft the Iron Chest. It can be created by placing a regular Chest inside of a Crafting Table and surrounding it with 8 Iron Ingots. The Iron Chest provides 54 slots.
Now that you have Iron Chests, you can upgrade them to Gold Chests instead. You can do so by surrounding an Iron Chest with Gold Ingots inside of a Crafting Table. Gold Chests will provide you with 81 storage slots instead.
Next up is the Diamond Chest. By placing a Gold Chest in the center slot of a Crafting Table, you can wrap it in any Glass blocks, as well as 2 Diamonds, following the recipe below. It provides the most amount of storage, giving a whopping 108 storage slots inside.
If you wrap a Diamond Chest in Glass blocks, then it will be turned into a Crystal Chest instead. It doesn’t have any increased inventory space, still offering 108 slots.
However, the biggest change is that it will be transparent, and you can see some of the items inside without having to open the Chest itself.
There’s also the Obsidian Chest. It’s obtainable by upgrading the Diamond Chest. Once again, it doesn’t offer an increase in inventory slots, but instead, it will be blast-resistant.
Meaning that if Creepers get into your base, or somebody decides to grief, your Obsidian Chests and its contents will remain secure.
The Dirt Chest is the most useless of all Iron Chests. If you want to craft it, do so by surrounding a regular Chest with Dirt blocks. Interestingly, this Chest is called the Dirtchest 9000. As cool as it sounds, sadly this Chest can only carry a single stack of Dirt or Podzol.
Annoyingly, the method for upgrading Chests that we described means you have to break a Chest and place it inside a Crafting Table to upgrade it to the next tier. However, there is an alternative.
The mod includes different upgrade items. Holding these and right-clicking either a Vanilla Chest, or a Chest provided by the mod will upgrade it between different tiers. That way, you can quickly upgrade from Wood to Iron, Iron to Gold, Gold to Diamond, etc without ever breaking the Chest block.
Using this method isn’t cheaper over time, it’s more expensive. As always, we recommend using a mod like Just Enough Items, to that all the recipes are easy to find and view in-game.
Iron Chests Mod Download
The links above will take you to the CurseForge page for the Iron Chests Mod. Specifically, they direct you to the download for your chosen version of Minecraft. Learn more about why you should only download files from CurseForge.
How to InstallIf you haven't already, make sure to install Forge, or install Fabric for Minecraft. It's a simple process and takes just a few minutes. Once your mod loader is installed:
- Download the mod for your Minecraft Version. It will be a .JAR file.
- Take this file, and place it in the 'mods' folder of your Minecraft directory. If this folder doesn't exist, create it. The easiest way to access your Minecraft directory is opening the game, going to Resource Packs and pressing the 'Open Resource Pack Folder' button.
- Once it's inside the mods folder, run Minecraft with the Forge or Fabric preset selected. The mod will be installed and can be played with in-game.