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:
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.