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Minecraft Iron Chests Mod

Last modified on Sep 1, 2022 in Mods

mc head By Dalton Whalen



Items and storage are a huge part of Minecraft. To put it bluntly, items add up. Your inventory fills, stuff starts hovering on the ground rather than being picked up. You feel the need to make a storage room of sorts, which inevitably turns into a room filled with dozens of unorganized chests with various items. It’s a hassle, and most players want nothing more than to downsize this hassle. Well, with the Iron Chests mod you can craft an assortment of chests that have larger than normal storage capacity from various metals in the game. They’re quite nifty, honestly! Today we will give you almost everything you need to know about the Iron Chests mod and what it includes.


Iron Chests is a Forge mod made by ProgWML6 with author credit given to Alexbegt for all versions of 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, and 1.16. It’s an extremely popular mod with over 70 million downloads! Sheesh!

Iron chests is an extremely simple yet widely used mod for its basic but necessary premise. The chests in vanilla Minecraft just do not suffice when it comes to modded Minecraft, and an alternative is needed that takes up less space with more storage. Through the use of the various ores in the game, you can upgrade and craft these chests. Unlike normal chests, they can’t be combined to create a double chest, but they can reach much larger storage capacities with upgrades. They also look cool!

Installing Forge

To play with any Forge mod, you’re going to need to download forge. It’s fairly simple and automated, so here’s the steps.

  1. Download the Forge Installer corresponding to the version of Minecraft you want to play on. You can find the official Forge downloads page here.
  2. Run the jar you’ve downloaded and then select ‘Install Client’ on the pop-up it presents you.
  3. Open/Reopen your Minecraft launcher and change the installation to forge if it did not automatically change.


Downloading Iron Chests

Now that you have Forge installed, you can download and play any mods you like.

  1. Head to the official Curseforge page.
  2. Navigate to the Files tab.
  3. Locate and select the latest version of the mod for your installation of Minecraft.
  4. Check for any dependencies. (Iron Chests has none)


Client Installation

You can now apply the mod to your Minecraft launcher, allowing you to actually play the mod.

  1. Go to your windows search bar and type in %appdata%
  2. Open up .minecraft and then mods
  3. Drop the .jar of Iron Chests that you just downloaded into the mods folder.
  4. Close all the folders and re-open your Minecraft launcher.


Server Installation

For the mod to work on a server, the server must have the mod installed as well. Make sure you’re running a Forge server.

  1. Open up your Apex server panel.
  2. Go ahead and stop your server before proceeding.
  3. Once your server is stopped, and offline, click on FTP file access. Then login.
  4. From here you can click on the mods folder.
  5. From the mods folder, click on upload then drop the Iron Chests file we downloaded earlier in.


How to Get Started

Overall, Iron Chests is a super simple mod that uses the mechanics and functionality of chests. It adds a little over a dozen items/blocks to the game all in the name of more storage.

All Chests

A normal chest has a 3×9 grid for item storage. A double Chest has 6×9. The normal chest can be upgraded into an Iron Chest, which can then be further upgraded into higher tiers which will offer more storage space. The Iron Chest is made by surrounding a normal chest in Iron in a crafting table. The Gold Chest is made by surrounding an Iron Chest with Gold in a crafting table, and so on.

Here are all the chests and their respective storage spaces:

Iron Chest

Iron Chest Recipe

6×9 Increases storage size by one chest. (Chest + 8 Iron)

Gold Chest

Gold Chest Recipe

9×9 Increases storage size by one chest. (Iron Chest + 8 Gold)

Diamond Chest

Diamond Chest Recipe

9×12 Increases storage size by one chest. (Gold Chest + 2 Diamonds + 6 Glass)

Crystal Chest

Crystal Chest Recipe

9×12 Allows you to see the contents of the items inside. (Diamond Chest + 8 Glass)

Obsidian Chest

Obsidian Chest Crafting Recipe

9×12 Applies the same blast resistance that Obsidian has to the chest, protecting it against explosions such as TNT. (Diamond Chest + 8 Obsidian)

DirtChest 9000!

Dirt Chest Recipe

1×1 I don’t… Just… yeah.



Iron Chests also includes Copper and Silver Chests, but they are mainly used in modpacks that have mods that already include Copper or Silver as ores. Without these extra mods, the Copper and Silver Chests are basically null.

Silver and Copper Chests

Assuming you are playing a modpack that includes Iron Chests, you craft the Copper and Silver Chests just like you would the others, by surrounding a chest with the respective ore in a crafting table.


That’s essentially everything. Iron Chests is one of the most popular mods for its size, and it’s considered necessary for many modpacks, as it’s lightweight and effective at what it does, giving us more storage. It also doesn’t feel OP or unbalanced since you have to work for each upgrade as you improve your storage in small increments. This is definitely one of the more legendary mods out there. With that being said, I hope you’ve learned something useful, and have a great day.

Common Issues

Server is crashing on startup:
This can be due to multiple issues. Most commonly this is caused by a duplicate mod, missing dependency mods, or incorrect mod versions. Iron Chests has no dependencies.

Server is stuck loading:
Many times when modifying the server, the server will need to be confirmed before it will fully start. This happens a lot especially when you remove or add mods. Most of the time in console, you will see Missing Mod ID’s errors. All you need to do to resolve this is type /fml confirm in console.

Duplicate Mods:
You can detect a duplicate mod from the console pretty easily. You will see an error that says Duplicate Mods with the mod name listed underneath it. Simply go into the FTP File Access, the mods folder, and delete the extra mod.

Missing Dependency:
To detect if you have a missing dependency mod, head into the console where you will see an error code that reads something similar to The mod NEI (Not Enough Items) requires mod [JEI] to be available From this error, we can see that the missing mod is JEI. You will need to add the mod into the server in order for the server to work again.

Incorrect Mod Version:
Detecting if the mod is the incorrect version is pretty easy. It will almost always display an error stating that it is for a different version of Forge. It will look similar to File jei_1.12.2- is for an older version of Forge and cannot be loaded. If you have this issue, make sure that the mod you are using has an update for the version of Forge you are running. If it doesn’t, then you won’t be able to use the mod on your server.

Helpful Links:

How To Change The Minecraft Server Version
Iron Chests CurseForge
Apex Server Panel

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