12

I need to transport about 30 double chests of material about 1000 meters in single player minecraft.

I was thinking of building some sort of permanent transportation system to accomplish this.

I prefer dirt simple (but potentially resource heavy) contraptions over complicated "efficient" contraptions.

Because of this, I was thinking of just setting up a string of 1000 hoppers in a row, to move the material from one place to another.

My question: What will happen at the loaded/unloaded chunks with such a setup?

10

I take back my earlier post.

Hoppers will transport items through unloaded chunks!

I've built another test pipe far away from spawn and made it really long (1000 hoppers). Now when i put an item in the first hopper, wait 5 minutes and then teleport to the end, the item will sit there in the last hopper. However if i put the item in the first hopper, then immediately teleport to the end and wait there, nothing happens. I waited for like 30 minutes but the item didn't arrive.

So apparently a hopper pipe can transport items into or through unloaded chunks, but there are certain limitations. I guess if a hopper tries to push an item into an adjacent unloaded chunk, minecraft will at least load the containers/hoppers of said chunk. So my test setup would cause something like a chain reaction of chunks getting loaded (at least partially, items still won't despawn in those chunks).

If i immediately teleport to the end however, minecraft will unload the chunk containing the item, so no hopper will try to load the next chunk.

  • "Hoppers won't see hoppers in unloaded chunks as a valid source" is false. – BlaXpirit Jul 25 '13 at 15:05
  • @BlaXpirit Hmmm, I guess that was a case I wasn't worried about. I'm wondering about the other case, does a hopper in a loaded chunk just fill up and not transfer to the unloaded chunk hopper? – John Jul 25 '13 at 15:05
  • 1
    According to This video: youtube.com/watch?v=CdtUJobQaQ8 all sorts of things could cause a chunk to be loaded, but the only thing that can unload a chunk is a player who walks away from the loaded chunk. – SingleNegationElimination Jul 25 '13 at 20:24

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.