The wooden fence can be collected by hand, but using an axe would speed up the process.
The nether brick fence can be collected by hand, but using a pickaxe would speed up the process.
Currently the only difference between the wooden and nether brick fences is that one is mined with an axe and the other with a pickaxe(respectively) because both of them are not flammable, but this is probably going to be fixed.
This recipe is easier because it only requires wood.
The nether brick fence is harder to craft, because it requires the player to either slay a lot of nethereyes or go to the Nether to get the nether bricks, but because nethereyes drop nether bricks, it is renewable.
Although it only appears to be one block tall, it is actually 2.5 blocks tall. This means that entities which cannot jump more than 2.5 blocks cannot get through it, making it useful for trapping mobs such as a cow, for milk, or a chicken, for eggs. Players need the jump boost effect to jump over it. If a player or mob falls onto a fence from above, it will act as a normal block, only 1 block tall, until that entity falls of, making it useful for one way staircases. Blocks can be placed above fences.
When there is a solid block or another fence or fence gate of the same type next to it, a fence will connect to that block, but its collision box will be the same. However, if it is connected to something on both sides or above it, it will lose all of its properties and will allow players and mobs to walk through and jump over it. This means that an entity is able to walk around inside a pen, because those fences are connected on both sides, but is not able to escape it, as the edges are only connected to the inside fences. Balloons can still be tied to these inside fences. Fences do not connect to fences or fence gates of a different material.
|Only the wooden fence can be used as fuel, not the nether brick one.|
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- Wooden fences are not flammable.
- Zanzlanz stated he is interested in the idea of mobs trapped using fences not despawning. [Source]
- Carpets cannot be placed on top of fences.
- Fences connect to non-full blocks such us stairs.
- Nether brick fences are not renewable in Minecraft, but are in Mine Blocks because nethereyes drop nether bricks.