Originally Posted by Akira Doe
So thanks to some inspiration from Gasman I've made a Gun Powder factory that requires Netherrack and wooden Logs as the input and eventually it outputs gunpowder.
This process takes a long time, but without the use of Bees it seems to be the best way to get gunpowder in the quantities we need for Industrial TNT.
The thing that worries me is that I have to run this setup (6 redstone engines, lots of pipe, 3 pulvs, an induction furnace etc, I'll post pics when the server comes back online) all the time that I'm online, at least until I have enough gun powder for the current project.
Now I'm sure I'm not the only one who has a setup like this who is running it constantly. It can't be good for the server. There has to be a better way to get such an important ingredient for the iridium plates.
Uu-matter is an option but requires even more machines with either a quarry or other source of blocks and then a bank of recyclers etc then waiting to use the Matter Fab at spawn (at least at this stage, I don't have the power requirements to run my own, yet).
I'm just trying to find the most efficient yet server friendly way of doing business.
My Bio-fuel refinery is:
1 Aqueous Accumulator, 1 Squeezer, 4 Fermenters, 12 Stills, 16 Redstone engines, with 14 gates, a bunch of pipes and teleport pipes, Fluidducts and Redstone Conduits, and is only 1 piece of 'equipment' in a base I share with EK and Nas.
We also have our RedPower sorting system, ore processing, matter fab, steve's cart tree farm, a quarry, recycling complex, workshop with engines for machines, power room for quarries, lots of cabling to connect all the EU machines to the power generators (no EU tele-cables booo), and some other stuff I forget about cause there's a lot of concurrent projects we're all working on.
Granted, it's not all running at once, but when we're all online, there's usually a total of 12 to 14 players, and we will not be the only ones who get into the machinery and automation side of the modpacks (which is predominantly the point of a lot of them.)
From experience, so long as you are careful to handle your overflows correctly when using BC pipes (items building up on the ground are killer to the server and I killed it good back in my first few days on here ha ha,) what you have described is perfectly fine to run non-stop while you're around. I'll go one further and encourage you to think about how you can improve it and make it as efficient as you can. (Provided you like building machines. I do, and if you see me on, feel free to come check out the refinery I just built.)