None of what you said anwers my question. I don't even have a clue what you were trying to say with your post. Inform me about the mod's basic mechanic? I believe, I have played plenty of it by now that I am familiar with recipes and how they interact (albeit, in Seablock, so IDK how these recipes factor into a regular playthrough).valneq wrote: ↑Tue Jun 23, 2020 3:55 pmI usually don't consider purified water to be an issue, as you can get it just from electricit by cooling down steam.
The ratio between mineral slurry to mineral sludge is the same, just as is the ratio between crystal slurry to crystal seedling. So these don't count for the comparison.
The main difference between the recipes is actually sulfur. Imagine you build a loop that recycles the sulfuric waste water and feeds sulfur back into the process to make sulfuric acid for the slurry.
With coal filtering, this cycle is positive on sulfur. In away, this process washes out the sulfur from the coal, just like clean coal to coke does.
With ceramic filtering, this cycle is negative on sulfur. Furthermore, this is not a sink for coal. Coal can be more valuable to turn into coke (for smelting) or solid fuel (for boilers/trains).
There are additional differences as to how much mineralized water you get out, or how much purified water needs to go in, but these liquids are used (or produced) in so many other recipes that it is not really helpful to consider them at this point.
The fact that the filtering itself is faster and thus requires fewer filtration units is counter balanced by the fact that you need more assemblers to wash the used ceramic filters, as compared to putting coal back into the filter frames.
But let me elaborate.
Currently, the coal filtering recipe is as follows (sans filter):
50 slurry + 50 purified (or 100 mineral) water + 4 seconds = 50 product fluid + 40 sulfuric waste
The ceramic filtering, on the other hand, is this (sans filter):
35 slurry + 50 purified (or 100 mineral) water + 2 seconds = 35 product fluid + 20 sulfuric waste
As you can see, with the ceramic filtering most values are halved (and slurry/product is slightly more than half, supposedly to make the recipe more efficient) except water ingredient. This does seem to me like the water amount is supposed to be halved as well. Hence my question: is the recipe supposed to be like it is now? What is the thought behind it?
Does this make my point clearer?