Quote fromQuote fromI disagree... see i would be mining coal in the night when i start a new game. if you ever done it you know where i am going. you cant see anything so using the wood would be better. but they can make the torches have a little less light.
You almost always spawn by or at a desert or beach making it hard for you to find a cliff or cave to mine in... it takes a little time to find one then its already night.
Just walk in one direction for a while, you can find a cave or cliff within 5 minutes from just about anywhere on the map. Punch a tree or two along the way and then knock a lump of coal out of the ground with your pick. Dig yourself a hole in the floor and put a torch in it, then put some dirt over your head. Instant hideyhole.
You have a point. but i always like making a cave hole. when i try to just make a small hideyhole it bores me.
plus i never know when to come out and if i take some dirt out of the roof at the wrong time a skeleton might fall in or something.
i don't know... maybe i am just being pessimistic