They function in virtually the same way, but require a pickaxe of any level to mine and cannot be mined with bare hands. They also cannot form large chests, however, any number can be placed next to each other because of this, making them useful for obtaining maximum storage in a given area, with a slight sacrifice in regards to convenience.
There is currently no way to craft stone chests or buy them from a trader. Therefore, if you want a stone chest in your house, you'll have to mine one from one of the many generated structures listed below.
They spawn in many structures through the world. These structures are listed below.