I have set up three combustion engines to a quarry, all three of them are cooled by one pipe coming from two pumps.

P - Pump
Q - Quarry
E - Engine

P+ +--E
P+ +--E

Sometimes the engines overheat. Should I set up one pump for each engine? This sounds like a bit overhead to me.

Additional question: Where can I find detailed information on how to power machines optimally (eg how many engines do I need to optimally power machine xyz), cooling engines etc.

  • Are you using Beta 1.7.3? Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 14:01
  • Nope, MC 1.8.1 with BC 2.2.0
    – fjdumont
    Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 14:07
  • Okay... Just asking Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 14:35
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    Well really all you need to do is make sure the engines always have water stored inside them. I'm not making this an answer because I don't know the optimum amount of engines, or the optimum amount of water pipes between engines.
    – Mr Smooth
    Commented Oct 2, 2011 at 15:20

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Instead of attaching the engines directly to the quarry, use conductive pipes to pipe engine energy into the quarry. I have a VERY nice setup using plain steam engines powered by coal from a self feeding glowstone dust generating system using equivalent exchange.

You put a wooden conductive pipe above the steam engine with the engine pointed up, then use stone conductive (or gold) pipes to pipe the energy into the quarry. By piping the energy off the engines, you will never run the risk of them overheating if you're using steam engines, and if your combustion engines have water then they'll be fine too.

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  • thanks, I'll give it a go this evening and report back here!
    – fjdumont
    Commented Oct 21, 2011 at 10:25

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