I have a electric furnace (and a steam dynamo and a puverizer) in my pipe system, to automatically transform or use items.

At the beginning I lost many items because the furnace was full and they drop out of the pipe. Now I have this setup:

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But I don't like it.. I look for a way so that the items stay in the chest until there is space for more items in the furnace because with over 1000 items in a pipe.. it sometimes explodes.

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You can investigate BuildCraft Logic Gates, which interact with BuildCraft pipes to govern when items are pulled out of inventories; you can set up a system so when the furnace inventory is empty it sends a signal down a pipe to pull an item out of a chest.

I'd check out Direwolf20's many spotlight videos on BuildCraft to get a better explanation, but you'll have to find the video corresponding to the BuildCraft version you're using.


I recommend Logistics Pipes/Logic Gates, or using Applied Energistics. Applied Energistics might be a bit hard to get into, though.

Applied Energistics has a Basic Import Bus, which will automatically extract items from a chest if there is room in the network.

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