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Tutorial:Getting Started (BuildCraft)

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Introduction[edit]

This tutorial is going to walk you through step by step setting up a simple, but fully functional BuildCraft power plant and automatic quarry. The assumption is that you've already sucessfully installed the Buildcraft 3 mod and know how to play Minecraft and that you can take care of your own survival in the world.

    • IMPORTANT NOTE: As of MC 1.6.4, lava is NO LONGER an accepted fuel source for Combustion Engines. Oil and Fuel are still accepted.

Getting Started in BuildCraft[edit]

Buildcraft is all about creating machines to do all the hard work for you, however it requires some effort on your part to collect the requisite materials and to put it all together.

The first thing to do in a new world is to try and find a suitable site for your operations, and to mine some resources. Have a look around and see if you can find an oil geyser, as you will want to use it later on (though it isn't going to be covered in this walkthrough). In this walkthrough we're going to use lava as a temporary energy source so see if you can find some as you'll set up your first operation there.

You'll need lots of different resources, at least*:

  • Cobblestone
  • Coal / Charcoal
  • Sand
  • Cactus
  • Redstone
  • Iron
  • Wood
  • Diamonds (11 of them, all for one machine!)

*If GregTech 4 is installed, you will need these and many others to craft various machines. Most notably, you will need a good amount of Bauxite Ore and a large amount of Iron Ore as well as some Copper Ore and various others. If GregTech is installed, making a Quarry as this tutorial describes is not nearly this easy unless you are still using the Feed The Beast Beta Pack A.

Now that we've collected our resources and found a nice little lake of lava we're going to start building our system.

Creating a combustion engine.[edit]

A combustion engine.

Somewhere near your lava you're going to build your powerplant which to start with will use one combustion engine. This will be fed lava to run, and water to keep it cool and stop it exploding violently.

First we're going to create a wooden conductive pipe, then create and place the engine beside that so it automatically connects. Conductive = Kinesis. Which word used depends on the mod version.

Creating a conductive pipe is a two stage job; first you make a wooden pipe, then add redstone to make it conductive.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x Wooden Planks
  • 1 x Glass

Produces 8 x Wooden Transport Pipe

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Wood Planks
Glass
Wood Planks



Wooden Transport Pipe
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Ingredients:


  • 1 x Wooden Transport Pipe
  • 1 x Redstone

Produces: 1 x Wooden Conductive Pipe

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Redstone


Wooden Transport Pipe




Wooden Conductive Pipe


Now we'll create our engine using the recipe below.

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Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot


Glass


Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Piston
Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Combustion Engine

Ingredients:

Produces: 1 x Combustion Engine

You'll notice that in order to make our combustion engine we require a new part, an Iron Gear. These take a while to make, and you can make these as follows:

You're going to need 4 of these for now, two for the engine, and two for pumps shortly.

Ingredients:

  • 4 x Sticks

Produces 1 x Wooden Gear

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Stick


Stick
Stick


Stick


Wooden Gear

Ingredients:


  • 4 x Cobblestone
  • 1 x Wooden Gear

Produces: 1 x Cobblestone Gear

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Cobblestone


Cobblestone
Wooden Gear
Cobblestone


Cobblestone


Stone Gear (BuildCraft)

Ingredients:

  • 4 x Iron Ingot
  • 1 x Cobblestone Gear

Produces: 1 x Iron Gear

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Iron Ingot


Iron Ingot
Stone Gear (BuildCraft)
Iron Ingot


Iron Ingot


Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
A combustion engine.
Once you've created your wooden conductive pipe and combustion engine, place them on the ground near your lava, placing the wooden conductive pipe first, then the engine. Add a lever so you can turn the engine on and off.

Pumping Lava[edit]

The next thing we're going to do is create a pump to get lava to the engine. Create the pump using the following recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 x Iron Ingot
  • 1 x Iron Pickaxe
  • 1 x Redstone Dust
  • 1 x Iron Gear


Produces: 1 x Mining Well

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Iron Ingot
Redstone Dust
Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot
Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Iron Ingot
Iron Ingot
Iron Pickaxe
Iron Ingot
Mining Well

Ingredients:


Produces: 1 x Pump

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Tank


Mining Well


Pump (Buildcraft)
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Place the completed pump over the edge of the lava pit. You'll also need to connect the pump to the engine so it has power, which you'll see I've already done in the image to the right.

Similar to the wooden conductive pipe we made earlier, create a bunch of stone conductive pipes. I needed 6 to connect this pump, but you'll need more later, so make a few extra.

Ingredients:

  • 2 x Stone
  • 1 x Glass


Produces: 8 x Stone Pipe

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Stone
Glass
Stone



Stone Pipe
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Ingredients:

  • 1 redstone dust
  • 1 Stone pipe


Produces: 1 x Stone Conductive pipes

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Redstone


Stone Pipe




Stone Conductive Pipe


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Once we've got the pump connected to the power, we need to create liquid "fluid" pipes to get the lava to the pump.

Create a bunch of stone or cobblestone fluid pipes (Remember not to mix up stone and cobblestone, as they do not connect!) and connect them between the pump and engine as shown.


Ingredients:

  • 2 x Stone
  • 1 x Glass


Produces: 8 x Stone Pipe

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Stone
Glass
Stone



Stone Pipe
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Ingredients:

  • 1 x Cactus Green


Produces: 1 x Pipe Sealant

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Green Dye (Minecraft)




Pipe Waterproof

Ingredients:

  • 1 x Pipe Sealant
  • 1 x Stone Pipe


Produces: 1 x Stone Fluid pipe

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Pipe Waterproof


Stone Pipe


Stone Fluid Pipe

Keeping your cool[edit]

Combustion engines are dangerous and will explode violently if left without cooling. It is possible to bucket water in to cool engines, but who wants to do that? That's hard work! Lets just use another pump instead to supply water!

Build one more pump as you did above, and a bunch more fluid pipes.

You can pump water from anywhere, but the pump will take source blocks, meaning that eventually you'll run out of water. Fortunately you can create infinite water simply by creating a 3 by 3 pool of water one block deep.

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A 3x3x1 "infinite water" source Pump correctly postioned over one corner


Hook up power and fluid pipes as you did with the lava pump.

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fluid pipe feeding to the combustion engine. Power connection to the pump

If Thermal Expansion is installed in your modpack, as it is with most all FTB modpacks, then you can also use an Aqueous Accumulator to generate water. Create one of these using the recipe found on the Accumulator's page, then place it between two water sources. It will then pump water without needing power or a Redstone current into adjacent waterproof pipes or Liquiducts. Since these are non-BuildCraft items and are a bit trickier to make, this tutorial does not go as in-depth into these items, but these are another solution to the problem of cooling, and oftentimes a more efficient one.

Activation[edit]

Our generator system is now ready to go, and nice and safe. All we need to do is prime it, and turn it on!

Grab a bucket of lava, and pop it into the engine by right clicking.

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Place the full lava bucket in the slot. The lava will be transferred to the engines internal tank, and your bucket is reusable.
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Flick the switch you placed beside your engine earlier on to activate the engine, and it will power the pumps too, providing itself with fuel (lava) and water.

The engine will start moving, and soon turn green.


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Check out the engine, and you'll see it filling with lava and water.




What's the point?[edit]

Okay, so you might be thinking, so this is cool, I've got my engine all set up and running powering... wait, its not powering anything! It's not doing anything useful!

That's true, and we're about to remedy the situation, but as it's not doing anything now we may as well turn the engine off for now.

If you managed to find 11 diamonds earlier good for you. If not, grab your pick and head back down into the depths.

If you've got your diamonds, we can make a fully automated Quarry, to take the hassle out of mining.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If GregTech 4 is installed in your modpack, as it is with the Ultimate Pack, Beta Pack A and numerous others, making a Quarry is a MUCH more difficult task, as instead of needing simply a Diamond Pickaxe, one requires a Diamond Drill. To create a Diamond Drill, one requires some Titanium Ingots and some Steel. To make these, numerous machines and a stable power supply producing lots of EU must be set up, including a Blast Furnace, an Industrial Blast Furnace, an Industrial Electrolyzer and some others. Bauxite Ore will also be very, very much necessary for the creation of Titanium both now and in the future.

Ingredients:



Produces: 1 x Quarry

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Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Redstone Dust
Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Gold Gear (BuildCraft)
Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Gold Gear (BuildCraft)
Diamond Gear (BuildCraft)
Diamond Pickaxe
Diamond Gear (BuildCraft)
Quarry


In case you haven't figured it out, the gold and diamond gears are made similar to the other gears. You first need Iron Gears, then add gold for Gold Gears, and gold, then diamond for diamond gears.

Ingredients:


  • 4 x Gold Ingot
  • 1 x Iron Gear

Produces: 1 x Gold Gear

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Gold Ingot


Gold Ingot
Iron Gear (BuildCraft)
Gold Ingot


Gold Ingot


Gold Gear (BuildCraft)

Ingredients:


  • 4 x Diamond
  • 1 x Gold Gear

Produces: 1 x Diamond Gear

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Diamond


Diamond
Gold Gear (BuildCraft)
Diamond


Diamond


Diamond Gear (BuildCraft)


Carefully grab your new Quarry (Its an expensive piece of kit!) and place it away from your powerplant a little bit. Make sure it is facing away from your powerplant when you place it.

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A yellow/black stipe border will appear indicating the area used by the quarry. When you connect power anything within this area will be destroyed, so make sure there is nothing you want to keep in the area.





Craft some more basic transport pipes (you made them earlier, but turned them into the more advanced pipes by adding redstone or hose).

Ingredients:


  • 2 x Stone
  • 1 x Glass


Produces: 8 x Stone Pipe

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Cobblestone
Glass
Cobblestone



Cobblestone Transport Pipe
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Connect them up between the Quarry and a chest you want to store items in.

It doesn't matter where the pipe connects to either the quarry or the chest, but make sure it doesn't go inside the yellow/black striped area or it will get destroyed.

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Connect up more conductive pipes from your powerplant to the quarry, and turn your engine back on.

You'll see the quarry start to clear the area then build its frame. When complete, it will begin mining and piping dirt, stone and hopefully lots of ores into the chest.

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The Quarry operating and piping soil into the chest.
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Overburden removed, and ores exposed, in this example copper from industrial craft 2, gravel from vanilla minecraft and marble from redpower world are visible.
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Mined material appearing in the chest ready for use.
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Sit back and congratulate yourself with a cool drink while your machines do all the tedious work of extracting all that ore!

You might notice your quarry is slow; a combustion engine running on lava can only fully power 1 pump at a time and the quarry at about 30%. Feel free to experiment and add more engines or change from lava to fuel to give it all the power it needs to get it up to speed!

If you're really feeling green you can even rehabiliate your mine pit using fillers to back fill the pit with all the cobblestone you produced!

Onwards and Upwards[edit]

Where to from here you may ask?

Well, running your combustion engines on lava is horribly inefficient, and the lava won't last long.

See if you can find oil (which you can use in your combustion engines directly) and then pump it into a refinery to produce fuel. Pump the fuel into your combustion engines instead of lava and your engines and quarry etc will operate considerably faster.

By now you should be able to figure out how to do this on your own. You'll need a few new items, the refinery, the wooden fluid pipe (needed to extract fuel from the refinery), and a redstone engine to "power" the pipe.