leadraven wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:28 pm
Why are you even talking about coal? Are you using burning furnaces in late game?
Steel furnaces are superior in several respects for quite a while. Until you start mass producing modules, and have massive energy production, steel furnaces are just better.
First of all, they are an effortless upgrade from stone furnaces. Literally just an upgrade, with double speed and no extra power consumption (coal consumption)
Sure, you still need to feed them coal, but you already were doing so.
Electric furnaces use more power, meaning more coal consumed and more pollution. This means you need to have either transitioned to solar panels, nuclear power, or just upscaled power generation massively.
They take up more space, 3x3 instead of 2x2. Thus you have to tear out your old system entirely to install them. You probably have to clean up the belts that had coal on them too, regardless of how you did it.
Does this all apply to a mining outpost? Hard to say, depends on where you are in the tech level. If you are on one of those weird marathon slow-tech worlds, I can see it happening, but I can't imagine steel furnaces are better than electric furnaces if you had a choice from the start.