The torches in Minecraft just aren’t realistic. Everyone knows that nothing burns forever – eventually fire will consume whatever it’s feeding off of to keep burning, and it will then go out in a puff of smoke at the end. The Realistic Torches mod brings realism to Minecraft’s torches by giving them an actual life in the game, so they don’t just keep burning forever. It’s kind of hard to get used to this mod at first when torches have always lasted forever in Minecraft. But did you know that Notch and others behind Minecraft actually wanted torches to have a limited lifespan?
You can find that out if you check out other torch mods. Getting back to the Realistic Torches mod though, torches live on a timer and will burn out after the timer has run down. You can set the amount of time torches last in the mod’s config file, so if you think they should last longer (or if they last too long for your tastes) you can modify the time whenever you like. This adds a considerable level of difficulty to Minecraft’s early game, where torches are what every player relies on to light up their caves, mineshafts and other underground explorations.