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So, you've just installed BuildCraft and successfully started a new world, but you're asking yourself, "What do I do now?"
Well, this tutorial is here to help! Follow along as we journey into the wonders of BuildCraft!
First Steps and Some Recipies
The very first thing we must take care of in any minecraft game is building a shelter. Given the nature of BuildCraft, it is recommended that you build a moderately sized home so you have room for all of the equipment you will need later. However, don't worry if you can't build something very big- you'll have many opportunities to expand later on. Also somthing to keep in consideration is the nearest oil deposit.; the heigher the geyser, the bigger the deposit. Here is a picture of a pretty big oil geyser.Once you have a shelter, you should stock up on ores, wood, stone, obsidian, redstone, cactus, and sand. All of these will be necessary in building our various machines and constructs. Here is a picture of my house next to the picture of the oil geyser above.
Now, in case you didn't know, the most important feature of BuildCraft is the Pipe, which can be used to transport items, liquids, and power from one location to another. Make sure to leave room around your chests, furnaces, and other structures to place pipes and redstone wiring when you build.
When you start you should go mining for about an hour :/ so you don't run out of resources (yes, it does get easier.)
There are four main types of piping: regular, stripe, waterproof, and conductive. These pipes transport items, blocks, liquids, and power, respectively. To make it a bit more clear before you check out the main page for pipes: regular pipes (wooden, stone, cobble, gold, iron, diamond, and obsidian) work with items in drop form, stripe pipes can place or pick up blocks in/from the world; waterproof pipes can collect, transport, and deposit water, lava, oil, fuel, and any other miscellaneous liquids you could think of; conductive pipes act like wires, carrying power from engines to various machines. Please note that buildcraft electricity is not compatible with industrialcraft machines. (In case you are plaing in tekkit/technic)This leads to the second major feature: engines! The easiest engine is the redstone engine, which is powered simply by redstone current. This engine is crafted like this:
The next more powerfull type of engine is the Steam Engine . This engine is about as fast as a redstone engine and they will blow up if there is too much fuel. Steam engines are the second tier of engine. They use cobblestone instead of wood or iron so are still cheaper than the Combustion Engine. These engines cannot overheat unless there is an oversupply of power.The steam engine runs on burning items and so needs refuelling to continue operation. Burnable items include lava buckets (you don't get to keep the bucket in 2.2.10), coal, charcoal, wood, planks, sticks, saplings, crafting tables, chests and bookcases. The steam engine also needs redstone power to run. Basically it will burn everything a normal furnace will burn.
|Lava bucket||16 minutes 40 seconds|
|Coal/Charcoal||1 minute 20 seconds|
|Wood and Planks||15 seconds|
|Saplings and Sticks||5 seconds|
Combustion Engines are the third tier of engine. They use iron instead of wood or cobblestone, making them the most expensive engine. Combustion Engines are the most powerful engine. It runs the fastest and gives the most power per stroke. It draws full stacks when used on a Wooden Pipe. It moves a Quarry without delays between each action.Combustion Engines can waste oil or fuel if it is added when the engine is already full, so taking the time to create an "add on demand" system that supplies oil only when you flick a lever, can save a lot of oil. The downside is that you need to keep a close eye on the engines as they use the oil fairly quickly. It may also be possible to set up a Redstone repeater system to send out oil at the same rate the engines use it. When switching off the engine, it will take several minutes for it to cool back down before resuming operations again.When a Combustion Engine overheats, it turns dark red. If the Engine is not cooled in time, it explodes.Buildcraft version 2.2.0 introduced the need to cool Combustion Engines. Combustion Engines can be powered for a long time without overheating, provided you keep them cooled with water. A combustion engine will overheat very quickly if not cooled. A combustion engine that has become yellow/red for even a few minutes will require two buckets of water to regain "green" status. Water can be pumped into them to fill this need. Alternatively, buckets of water can be placed into the engine to keep it filled up. While active, the engine will consume the water stored inside it. The current water level can be seen in the engines GUI. Pumping water into an engine is much preferable to manually filling it with buckets because it is guaranteed that the engines will not overheat. 1 pump can handle up to 3 combustion engines running fuel. It is crafted like this: