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Industrial Blast Furnace
|Industrial Blast Furnace|
|Name||Industrial Blast Furnace|
The Industrial Blast Furnace is a multi-block structure from GregTech, consisting of 34 Machine Casings and 1 Industrial Blast Furnace block.
Each Industrial Blast Furnace is made out of 36 blocks of machine casing in a 3x3x4 tower. In the middle there are two empty slots which are not visible to the outside. An Industrial Blast Furnace block must sit in front of the lower middle block of the structure with the side that is not fire facing away from the machine casings.
The empty middle slots can be filled with lava. This will significantly increase the thermal capacity of the Industrial Blast Furnace at the very low cost of two lava buckets.
The structure should therefore look as follows:
- First layer: 3x3 Machine Casings (Standard, Reinforced or Advanced), 1 Industrial Blast Furnace block in front of any middle block.
- Second layer: 3x3 Machine Casings (Standard, Reinforced or Advanced), hollow middle or Lava source block.
- Third layer: 3x3 Machine Casings (Standard, Reinforced or Advanced), hollow middle or Lava source block.
- Fourth layer: 3x3 Machine Casings (Standard, Reinforced or Advanced)
Note: Machine casing types can vary in the one structure. For example when upgrading to Reinforced Machine casings, not all of the standard casings need be replaced at once.
It is also possible to create an industrial blast furnace with four furnace blocks using the same casing structure. Simply attach one to each face in the standard configuration.
The Industrial Blast Furnace needs exactly 128 EU/t to operate. Unlike most other IC2 machines, the Industrial Blast Furnace does not have an internal EU Storage, therefore it has to constantly be supplied with 128 EU/t.
If the machine receives below 128 EU/t, all progress on the current item is reset and the energy that went into it is wasted. It is recommended to have a dedicated MFE for a constant power supply and to make sure there is always enough EU stored to output the required 128EU/t. An EU-Splitter Cable can be used to control the EU flow. Note that if you run out of power but continue generating less than 128EU/t, the machine will continue to consume power but make no progress, so you should cut the power line until you have enough power for the operation again.
An alternative option would be to use a Lithium Battery Upgrade on the machine adding 100,000 EU of storage per upgrade.
The GUI of the Industrial Blast Furnace will only become accessible if the block is connected to the structure. The very left bar illustrates the Industrial Blast Furnace's structure layers and how it must be built. Next to it, there are two input slots (indicated by the fire) and two output slots. The upper input slot is the primary input while the bottom one is secondary. Some recipes use the second slot as a catalyst, which can be either Coal Dust or Calcium Carbonate Cells.
The main product will be shown in the first output slot. The second output slot is used for by-products, which is usually either Empty Cells or Dark Ashes (although Galena Dust uses the second slot for Lead Ingots).
Note that when an item begins to process, it immediately disappears (if more than one item was in there, the stack size will decrease by 1 immediately). If progress on the item is reset due to insufficient power (or no power), the item will not reappear. Picking up the Industrial Blast Furnace does not drop the item (the item is destroyed). As such, if you run out of power, you should cut the power line to the Blast Furnace until you have enough power to start the process over again.
The types of Ores that can be smelted in the Industrial Blast Furnace depend on the furnace's thermal capacity. The thermal capacity is influenced by the type of Machine Casing used in the structure. Adding lava source blocks in the two middle empty spaces will increase the furnace's thermal capacity by 500. This table illustrates the heat capacity changes caused by various types of Machine Casings.
Depending on GregTech version, different setups can be used.
In older versions
With 3000, the Hot Tungstensteel Ingot requires the highest heat capacity. Building an Industrial Blast Furnace structure entirely out of Advanced Machine Casings would be a waste of resources. A more cost-efficient setup would consist of 18 Reinforced Machine Casings + 16 Advanced Machine Casings + two lava source blocks, which would bring the heat capacity exactly up to 3000.
|Machine Casing Heat Capacity||Per casing||Total (34)||Total with lava in the middle|
|Standard Machine Casing||30||1020||1520 (enough for Silicon Plate and Titanium Ingot)|
|Reinforced Machine Casing||50||1700||2200 (enough for Aluminium Ingot and Chrome Ingot)|
|Advanced Machine Casing||100||3400||3900 (enough for Tungsten Ingot and Hot Tungstensteel Ingot)|
There are three distinct break points for heat capacity:
- 1700, enough for anything but Tungsten and Hot Tungstensteel : 25 standard casings + 9 reinforced casings + 2 lava
- 2520 enough for anything but Hot Tungstensteel : 16 reinforced casings + 16 advanced casings + 2 lava
- 3000, enough to process everything: 18 reinforced casings + 16 advanced casings + 2 lava
In newer versions (Mindcrack (8.3.0+) and Ultimate (1.1.0+))
As the heat capacity increase given by Advanced Machine Casings has been lowered, the Industrial Blast Furnace now requires 4 Kanthal Heating Coils and 4 Nichrome Heating Coils to reach a heat capacity of 3,000. Upgrading the furnace with one tier of heating coil will increase the capacity by 500, upgrading with a second tier will increase it by 1,000.
To upgrade, right click on the Industrial Blast Furnace block with four coils selected, first with Kanthal Heating Coils, then with Nichrome Heating Coils. Kanthal Heating Coils must be used first before using Nichrome Heating Coils. If other furnaces are attached to the same multiblock structure, they will not be affected by the upgrade. When an Industrial Blast Furnace block is destroyed, the coils will stay inside it.
The maximum necessary temperature of 3,000 can be reached using 24 Reinforced Machine Casings + 10 Standard Machine Casings + 2 lava + 4 Kanthal Heating Coils + 4 Nichrome Heating Coils. Advanced Machine Casings are not needed for this setup.
|Machine Casing Heat Capacity||Per casing|
|Standard Machine Casing||30|
|Reinforced Machine Casing||50|
|Advanced Machine Casing||70|
|Heat Capacity||Allows||Standard Machine Casing||Reinforced Machine Casing||Advanced Machine Casing||Lava||Kanthal Heating Coils||Nichrome Heating Coils||Notes|
|1020K||Steel, Refined Iron||34||0||0||No||No||No||Lowest possible capacity.|
|1500K||Titanium Ingot, Pyrite Ore, Silicon Plate, Galena Dust||10||24||0||No||No||No||Not recommended.|
|1700K||Chrome Ingot, Aluminium Ingot||0||34||0||No||No||No||Not recommended.|
|2020K||34||0||0||Yes||Yes||No||Coils require Chrome, which requires 1700K already.|
|2500K||Tungsten Ingot||0||19||15||Yes||No||No||Not recommended.|
|3000K||Hot Tungstensteel Ingot||0||19||15||Yes||Yes||No|
|3880K||--||0||0||34||Yes||Yes||Yes||Highest possible capacity. Waste of resources.|
Using Advanced Machine Casings to get up to 3000K requires 3-10 times as much Chrome as using coils, but the Advanced Machine Casings can be recovered and used elsewhere.
This table shows the amount of raw material needed to build one Industrial Blast Furnace structure when using Standard Machine Casings with standard recipes.
|Ingredients||Results||Heat Capacity required||EU required|
|Iron Ore and Calcium Carbonate Cell||3 Refined Iron and Empty Cell||1,000 K||12,800 EU|
|Steel Dust||Steel Ingot||1,000 K||12,800 EU|
|Refined Iron and 2 Coal Dust||Steel Ingot and 2 Dark Ashes||1,000 K||64,000 EU|
|2 Galena Dust||Silver Ingot and Lead Ingot||1,500 K||2,560 EU|
|Pyrite Ore and Calcium Carbonate Cell||2 Refined Iron and Empty Cell||1,500 K||12,800 EU|
|Titanium Dust||Titanium Ingot||1,500 K||128,000 EU|
|2 Silicon Cell||1 Silicon Plate and 2 Empty Cells||1,500 K||128,000 EU|
|Aluminium Dust||Aluminium Ingot||1,700 K||25,600 EU|
|Chrome Dust||Chrome Ingot||1,700 K||102,400 EU|
|Tungsten Dust||Tungsten Ingot||2,500 K||256,000 EU|
|Tungsten Ingot and Steel Ingot||2 Hot Tungstensteel Ingot and 4 Dark Ashes||3,000 K||256,000 EU|