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I've started using the mod Forestry, and I want to build a bee hive. But this requires a part made from in a carpenter, using wood and some "seed oil".

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I've powered the carpenter, but the liquid part remains empty, even when I put a seed oil can.

What am I missing ?

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The Carpenter can only process liquids that are stored in its tank. To this end, you have two solutions:

  1. Simply pipe the liquid from your squeezer to the carpenter.
  2. Place the cans in the top-right-most slot (that is marked with a water drop).

As with water, seed oil should be able to be pumped into the carpenter from any side.

Also, make sure you are running the latest version of Forestry. The ability to use seed oil in the carpenter is a very new feature.

As a sidenote, you don't need an alveary to use bees. Apiaries are more than sufficient for starting out. Ignore this, I didn't notice the updated recipes in the latest version.

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I see.. But I've put a can of seed oil in the carpenter, 8 logs of wood, powered the motor next to it, and nothing gets made. – Manu Sep 6 '12 at 6:13
@Manu: Did you put the can into the top slot that is the liquid input slot? It should get destroyed and fill the tank a little. If it doesn't, then try breaking the carpenter and replacing it to clear the tank (You can't put oil in if there is some water in the tank). If it still doesn't work, then it sounds like a bug. – Matthew Scharley Sep 6 '12 at 6:15
Ok I'll try, thanks – Manu Sep 6 '12 at 6:20
@Manu: You could try posting on the Forestry forum about it too:… I'm sure SirSengir watches there for bugs, I couldn't see a public bug reporting facility on his website. – Matthew Scharley Sep 6 '12 at 7:02
@Manu: Just before you do post a bug though, I noticed you're on Tekkit. Just make sure that you actually have the correct recipe. You only need these in the very, very latest version of forestry, which you likely aren't running. – Matthew Scharley Sep 6 '12 at 7:11

A Carpenter needs to be powered and provided with water. The seed oil is part of the Impregnated Casing crafting recipe, not part of the Carpenter's operation requirements. The liquid gauge is for water, which has to be provided by pipes.

Items can be piped into the Carpenter using Buildcraft pipes or will be automatically used from adjacent chests. Cartons and Crates can be piped in to the top, all crafting matrix items go in through the side, and water can be piped into any side.

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This applies for seed oil too. Seed oil is used in some of the (very) new recipes (such as the casings) instead of water, not as well as water I believe. – Matthew Scharley Sep 6 '12 at 3:48
@Matthew Ah! Then it should be… put in a tank and piped in, I guess? – SevenSidedDie Sep 6 '12 at 4:31
I have discovered an answer, but it won't fit in this comment box. – Matthew Scharley Sep 6 '12 at 4:42

Check when you hover your curser over the liquid gauge what does it say. Seed oil or water? If it says water just break it and put it back up. I think it's a glitch where it "remembers" the last thing you put in even if its empty.

I'm not looking at the recipe in the listings right this moment im not logged on, but check the wood as well. Might only work with certain wood

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