Use 2 tiles separation and bent pipes.Rhamphoryncus wrote:Turns out my intended boiler chaining doesn't work. You can see it on the left here. I need to replace some inserters with power poles but that means I can fuel boilers there, so I replace them with pipes.. which bridge the water side to the steam side.
On the right is the only working chained setup I can think of, which is not very satisfying.
Increasing the boilers to 2x2 would avoid this problem. You could pick up coal from either side, so you could use regular or burner inserters, plus you would naturally have gaps for power poles.
My boilers use burning inserters and have no power poles. Can't convert that to long inserters at all.