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Redstone Engine
Redstone Engine
Type Engines
Tool Grid Wooden Pickaxe
Stackable Yes (64)
Data Value 161
EMC Value 405
Mod Included BuildCraft

Redstone Engines are the cheapest and the weakest of the engines you can build, but they will only overload if they are not connected to an output such as a Wooden Pipe or a Pump. They will require some time to warm up and run at peak efficiency.  The color of the device shows its power output.  There are three stages: Blue, meaning either that it's off or producing low power; Green, meaning that it's at medium efficiency; and Yellow or flashing yellow/red, which is the peak power production of 1 MJ per second.  It takes up to 10 minutes to reach this peak efficiency. Removing any of these types of engines (Redstone Engines, Steam Engines and Combustion Engines) requires a wooden pickaxe or higher. Its orientation can be changed by right-clicking using a Wrench (BuildCraft). See Engines - In Depth for more details.

The approximate EMC value of a redstone engine is 405.

Explosion PossibilityEdit

A redstone engine can explode, but only if it is fed too much power from another engine or conductive piping. If you're not sure if it will explode, simply apply redstone and wait one revolution. If it stays blue, then it will not explode. If it immediately turns green, shut it off immediately and remove it to prevent explosion.

A redstone engine will not blow up if left powered by redstone but not pumping into a block. i.e. if you left it powered and it's just sitting there, bright red but not moving, it will not explode. This was confirmed by leaving several redstone engines powered by redstone, but not powering anything, for 30 minutes after reaching the red stage.

RecipeEdit

Wooden_Plank

Wooden Gear

Wooden Plank

Glass

Piston

Wooden Plank

Wooden Gear

Redstone Engine


Power SourceEdit

Redstone Engines will only operate if they are powered by a redstone power source, such as a lever or redstone torch. These will not be powered by redstone dust running past them on the same level, it must be powered by redstone facing the engine, or on the adjacent block on the level above (level with the top of the engine). Redpower's Red Alloy Wire can run past them and still power them normally.

Energy ProductionEdit

Max Energy (MJ) Energy Generated Max Input (MJ) Max Output (MJ) Piston Speed/Ticks to Extract
Blue Green Yellow Red
1000 1 MJ/s 50 1 0.01 0.02 0.04 0.08
102 52 26 14

UsesEdit

Redstone engines can be used for a number of different things, the most common are powering pipes and powering pumps.

PipesEdit

Redstone engines can be used for powering Wooden Pipes, to transfer items from chests (including those from the Iron Chests mod) and machinery e.g. a pump or a macerator . Since they don't overheat when they supply power to a wooden pipe or machinery and don't require fuel they are the cheapest but slowest engine you can use to power wooden transport pipes . They can also be used to power rails.

PumpsEdit

Redstone engines are perfectly suitable to power pumps since it only requires one fully running engine to get pumping at roughly 1 unit per 15 seconds. Each additional redstone engine will add 2 units per 15 seconds to a max of 7 units per 15 seconds making your tanks fill up at a rate of just under half a unit per second.

"Stacking" engines (that is, powering one engine with another engine to increase throughput) is not an effective strategy. (video)

GeneratorsEdit

5 Redstone engines all powering an Engine Generator can be used, when linked with other Engine Generators, to power a whole Quarry day and night, costing nothing.

Picture Gallery Edit

Video TutorialsEdit

Start a Discussion Discussions about Redstone Engine

  • Powering

    10 messages
    • they aren't being removed. what do you mean?
    • They aren't being removed, their interface and running components are just being changed.
  • Engines are to be "picked up" with pickaxe.

    3 messages
    • Thank you for catching the mistake.
    • this mistake is made on other stuff too. like redpower to be picked up with a screwdriver.
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