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BuildCraft is one of the earliest game mods for Minecraft. It is primarily based around automating vanilla mechanics, such as moving items around, processing them, and mining.

The main site and download for BuildCraft is here.


BuildCraft contains examples of:

  • Boring, but Practical:
    • Wood Pipes are required to extract any items, fluids, or power.
    • Sandstone Pipes don't connect to anything but other pipes.
    • Redstone engines have low output but do not require any fuel, making them useful for transporting items and liquids.
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    • Structure pipes are cheap, requiring only gravel and a cobblestone pipe, but they let you run Pipe Wires, the mod's logic system, though multiple kinds of pipes.
  • Container Maze: Your base can become a mess of machines if you don't plan their layout beforehand. You can't walk through pipes, and they will get in your way.
  • Difficult, but Awesome:
    • Prior to Buildcraft 5, Combustion Engines would explode if they were not cooled properly, but they are the best source of power in the mod. Downplayed as of version 5, where they simply shut down and must be manually restarted.
    • Refining oil. A single Refinery needs 4 Diamonds to make, is slow, and needs tons of power, but it converts oil into fuel. Fuel is used in combustion engines to generate 60 RF/tick, instead of 30 RF/tick for raw oil.
    • Quarries are very expensive, and need to be moved once they reach bedrock, but they automatically mine for you in a huge area.
  • Dummied Out:
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    • Minecraft Joules. This was the energy system up to BuildCraft 4, and was changed to the simpler Redstone Flux as of version 5.
    • Engines and pipes exploding due to overheat or overload.
  • Explosive Overclocking: Prior to Buildcraft 5, conductive pipes would explode if they were overloaded, rather than simply limiting transfer.
  • Magic Tool: For cross-mod compatibility, you can use the BuildCraft wrench on almost any tech mod's machines.
  • Pipe Maze: Your base can easily become one if you don't organize your pipes well.
  • Power Limiter: If you try to push too much energy through your Kinesis Pipes, the power line inside will turn red, indicating that the power flow is being limited by the pipe.
  • Technology Levels: As you get resources, you get better and better pipes, from cobble and stone pipes all the way up to diamond, emeralds, and obsidian pipes.
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    • Engines change color (Blue -> Green -> Yellow -> Red) as they heat up in use. As they heat up, their output increases, but if they run for too long with nowhere to dump their energy / nothing to cool them, they will shut down from overheating.
    • The power lines in Kinesis Pipes will turn red if the pipes' energy capacity is reached.
    • Oddly, Refineries and Lasers are the inverse. Their indicators are red when they have no power, but blue when they are working at maximum speed.
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