Pipes are a fundamental part of Buildcraft, allowing items to be transported around the world without the player being required to carry them. In addition to items, certain types of pipes can be used to transport liquids and power in the form of Minecraft Joules.
Pipes can interact with blocks that possess inventories, with the ability to insert and extract items from them. Vanilla examples of such are Chests, Furnaces, Hoppers, and Brewing Stands.
Pipes (overview) [ edit | edit source ]
Wooden, Cobblestone, Iron, Stone, Gold, Diamond, Obsidian, Emerald, Void, and Sandstone pipes.
Emerald, Gold, Wood, Cobblestone, Iron, Stone, Sandstone, and Void waterproof pipes.
Wooden, Stone, and Gold conductive pipes.
All item transporting pipes have a property referred to as “friction”; this measures how much a pipe will slow down items traveling through them. A pipe with high friction will slow items down more than a pipe will low friction.
Extraction Pipes [ edit | edit source ]
Extraction pipes are pipes that can remove items from inventories and insert them into pipe networks. There are three types of extraction pipes each with different abilities and features, however, all three types share three common traits.
Firstly, extraction pipes require some amount of energy in order to function; using larger amounts of energy will enable more items to be extracted at once. A Pipe Pulsar may be used to extract items in place of providing energy.
Secondly, extraction pipes can only extract items from one inventory at a time; the inventory that is currently being drawn from is marked by an opaque connector in place of a transparent one. The selected inventory can be switched either by right-clicking with a wrench or by utilizing Buildcraft gates.
Thirdly, while extraction pipes can connect to other pipes and inventories, they can not connect to other extraction pipes.
Of final note, some inventories have specific behavior regarding item extraction, such as only being able to extract items from one side.
Quick Feature Reference [ edit | edit source ]
|Features||Wooden Pipe||Emerald Pipe||Emzuli Pipe|
Wooden Pipe [ edit | edit source ]
Emerald Pipe (Wooden Diamond Pipe) [ edit | edit source ]
Emzuli Pipe [ edit | edit source ]
Transport Pipes [ edit | edit source ]
Transport pipes are pipes that lack any special purpose or function besides moving items between inventories.
Cobblestone Pipe [ edit | edit source ]
Stone Pipe [ edit | edit source ]
Quartz Pipe [ edit | edit source ]
Sorting and Routing Pipes [ edit | edit source ]
By default, when an item enters a junction where there are multiple paths for it to take, the item will pick a random path, which can sometimes be undesired. Sorting and routing pipes are able to change the direction of items traveling through them, allowing the path of items to be controlled without relying on random chance.
Pipes are a fundamental part of Buildcraft, allowing items to be transported around the world without the player being required to carry them. In addition to items, certain types of pipes can be used to transport liquids and power in the form of Minecraft Joules. Pipes can interact with blocks…