Stationeers: Automatic Advanced Furnace Build Guide

July 10, 2022
It’s time to build your own Automatic Advanced Furnace in Stationeers!

Stationeers is all about control of the construction and management of a space station to run by itself in single-player, or online multiplayer with your friends. The complex atmospheric, electrical, manufacturing, medical, agriculture, and gravitational system require your thought and management at all times.

Building an Automatic Advanced Furnace can be really difficult if you don’t know some of the basics of a space station, but we have covered everything for you to build your next space station.

In this guide, we will show you how to Build Automatic Advanced Furnace in Stationeers!

Stationeers: Automatic Advanced Furnace Build Guide

At the very beginning of your building, the first part is to set up the oxygen heating. You have to start with piping up the gray pipe network to a couple of active vents inside the furnace container.

If you are using regular cables, you have to limit other devices on the network. It doesn’t use a lot of power while idle, but because of how volume pumps draw power, it may spike very close to the 5kW limit.

In the furnace controller, you can set a max limit for volume pumps and the furnace output if you are running into problems. In most cases, you can use a pipe analyzer or a tank data port interchangeably.

The initial lettering on the IC screws tells you what type of device it can accept. “PA” means pipe analyzer and “T” means tank.

Next is to set up the oxygen controller. It serves 3 purposes:

  • The main function is to heat the oxygen
  • To manage inside pressure of the furnace container
  • Last function is to fill or empty the hot oxygen network

You can set up an input volume pump, although it will also accept an active event in case you are on Europa. In the code you can change pressure and temperature thresholds.

After the oxygen controller is done, you will want to close up the furnace container to let the oxygen heat up. Don’t worry if you get a Martian atmosphere there, the other ICS will correct for that.

You have to manually put some ice in the furnace and ignite it before closing it up, and then turn it on. The active vents won’t open as long as the furnace is off.

The number on the oxygen controller is the degrees above or below needed for self-ignition. Just don’t forget to turn on your hydrogen pipe analyzer before starting the ignite because it will tell you that it is too low.

The next step is to set up the ignition pipe. It should be a two segment pipe with a volume pump output and input for hydrogen and heated oxygen.

Because this is doing controlled explosions in a small pipe segment, the ignition controller contains numerous safety features and will work with whatever you give it. There is no pressure requirements on either pipe and it will refuse to operate if it detects that it won’t ignite.

It also calculates the exact mole amount and it should never blow up. Keep in mind that the furnace can’t reach temperatures higher than what is given there.

The output pump setting is not controlled by the ignition controller, so make sure at least that is set to zero. But it is also recommended to turn all your volume pumps to zero to avoid unexpected disassemblies.

Once the oxygen is heated and with the pipe analyzer on, it will tell you that it’s 150 degrees above the self-ignition point. After this, it’s time to set up the ignition controller and there isn’t a lot to customize on it. You can change the minimum pressure for re-ignition or change the mole count for each ignition cycle.

The ignition pipe has to work and the next step is to set up the three buffer tanks. The tanks is not necessary, but  it gives stability to the system and a data port to read from.

If you have a gas generator in your base, pumping its exhaust into the furnace exhaust network would actually be very beneficial as it helps build pressure and temperature. There is nothing in this setup to avoid the overpressure of the exhaust pipe network. You will have to set that up for yourself, but you can run this for many hours before it becomes a problem.

The next is to set up the utility IC. This has a few odd jobs. It will manage the pressure in the yellow and blue pipe networks as well as feed the furnace controller with temperature information. These are all optional depending on your setup and needs.

Now you have to finish the pipes that go to the furnace exhaust. To safely open up the furnace container, simply turn the furnace off and the active vents should shut off as well.

You might lose a little bit of oxygen and trade it with more Martian contamination, but this will be the last time that you will need to open it.

It is important that connecting the three input pumps and the furnace is only one segment. This is because a single pipe segment is exactly 100 liters, ensuring that the furnace will completely empty it each game tick.

Once everything is connected and named, you can close it back up. Because of the simplifications you did in the mathematical formulas for the furnace controller, it will operate most efficiently when all the input networks keep the same pressure.

The utility IC will therefore try to match the pressure in the exhaust network. You will have to manually empty some exhaust from the furnace.

After all this, it’s time to start the furnace controller. The first thing is to select the furnace controller on the utility IC to start the data feed. This is not required, but if your cold and hot gas temperatures are constant, you can set the values directly in the furnace controller code.

Once it is running, it’s time to set up the last IC, the ingot library. The library keeps track of the thresholds for each alloy and guides the furnace controller within the accepted levels.

It also serves the purpose of auto-ejecting ingots and alloys that match the selected type when they are ready.

You have to set a logic memory for outside orders by setting the value of this memory to any ingot or alloy hash, it will force the library to jump to that type and set the pressure and temperature accordingly.

The library will clear the memory once an ingot of that type has been ejected. While the order memory has any value other than zero, the buttons will be disabled.

Everything that remains now is a few shoots and giving it some ores to process.

Now you have to wait for the furnace to reach the target temperature and pressure and even with very low pressure in the buffer tanks it shouldn’t take long.

After a while, the first allow will come out from the furnace, and the good thing about this is that the more you use it the faster it gets.