Wanting to go to space I started my base next to some oil wells. Today when I logged on to my server, I was welcomed by this view:

Oil wells on fire

... what are my options here? Can I put them out somehow? What do I do?

  • well then. You could try going into the server options and disabling firespread, but I don't think that will extinguish it. Rain might help
    – Rapitor
    Jan 10, 2014 at 19:32
  • Disabling firespread doesn't stop it, but does help when trying to put it out. Rain does nothing :/ Seems I might have to drop water on top of every spot, which will take forever... Maybe I'll just have to start pumping it up and see if I can save it that way.
    – Svish
    Jan 10, 2014 at 20:07
  • I'm pretty sure a friend of mine had the same problem, and it wasnt a problem in the end, they just pumped it up like normal no biggy.
    – Ender
    Jan 10, 2014 at 20:41
  • they do kind of make good beacons for sea travels...
    – Rapitor
    Jan 10, 2014 at 21:45

3 Answers 3


Managed to put it out doing the following:

  • /gamemode doFireTick false
  • Cover the layer above the oil with dirt to put out the fire (including the 5 blocks at the top of the oil thing
  • /gamemode doFireTIck true

There is a much better solution: go to the buildcraft config (usually tekkitfolder/config/buildcraft/main.conf), and then find the line:


And simply set it to false. This will disable burning oil completely, without messing with other fire behaviour.


Remember that the oil fires do waste the oil, let it burn long enough (couple of hours, sometimes a few days..., that is real time, not in game...) and the fire will clean all the oil... Had this storage tank, figured dumping oil in there with flood gates was a cheaper option than building a shitload of tanks, and after a weeks vacation come to see it on fire and about empty....

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