Forestry is a large Minecraft mod which adds new items, machines, and ores to the game, many of which are used in farming. Forestry also adds bees, beekeeping, and bee breeding. It was designed for compatibility with IndustrialCraft 2 and BuildCraft 3, and many of its machines require power from BuildCraft compatible engines.

Forestry sounds interesting, but I'm not at all interested in buildcraft. Can I realistically use forestry without buildcraft?

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Long story short?


Forestry relies on Buildcraft being present.

  • you could use TE for the power transfer Jun 6, 2013 at 7:48
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    Who cares? He'll probably have too much fun breeding trees.
    – user28379
    Jun 6, 2013 at 12:20
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    and don't forget bees!
    – legacy
    Jun 6, 2013 at 17:41
  • bees are actually what I'm most interested in in forestry
    – Ender
    Jun 6, 2013 at 19:42
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    Forestry REQUIRES buildcraft. I tried running it without and got an error msg specifying 'where is buildcraft?'
    – Ender
    Jun 8, 2013 at 17:25

Forestry does not require buildcraft to play and there are many mods that have buildcraft energynet integration.

To be honest I do believe that You can play only forestry and be happy with it. Forestry do also provide own buildcraft engine, so there is no problem in powering your machines. If you have installed also railcraft or thermal expansion or Mekanism or Power Converters or similiar BC compatible mod, you can freely skip buildcraft.

Even using a forestry engines it is possible to have some fun with forestry. Cause those engines do run for a quite time when provided with fuel.

Wiki tells us that one peat in peat engine do run for 5000 ticks and that is 4,16 seconds, so whole stack will run for 262.4 seconds (that is 4.37 minutes), and full engine that can hold 4 four stacks of peat do run for 1049.6 seconds, and that is 17.49 minutes. That isn't really bad. When we also add hoppers... Well you could make a hell of a run. And that is one of the basic engines.

Also most of forestry machines don't eat out a lot of energy, so we don't need top tier engines from other mods.

Also forestry do have it's own world gen, so every raw resource that is used in forestry is also provided by forestry.

Also none of the forestry machine does require to be operated by other mods machines.

Also forestry does even give ability to transport not whole buckets of liquids, by item called pipet.

But to sum up. Buildcraft is not required to be happy with forestry.

  • I tried it out and you actually cannot, Minecraft won't even run. You get an error msg.
    – Ender
    Jun 8, 2013 at 17:25
  • If you are getting an error msg that means that you did something terribly wrong. To prof that it is possible to run mc with only forestry: i.imgur.com/54YIdzh.png And it does works perfectly. Also Forestry is a stand alone mod for years. I only heard rumors that it was a BC plugin, but never seen that for my own eyes. Jun 11, 2013 at 21:14
  • Are you running the FTB forestry? Cause I am, and that's a major point in the argument.
    – Ender
    Jun 11, 2013 at 21:23
  • Why you download a modpack to use one mod? FTB is a modpack that is build from separate mods, so versions can vary from what I am using and what is in FTB. Still, I never did heard about any extra content, or special versions for FTB only. Jun 11, 2013 at 21:39
  • Actually there is only one dependency that forestry do require, it's Forge. But that is true for 99% mods for minecraft. Jun 11, 2013 at 21:41

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