I finally build my vacuum freezer in Gregtech/5U, which requires some serious upgrades to complete because of the electronics involved, which in turn required Teflon. Getting Teflon up and running was huge project, involving a lot of oil. Which was no hardship because of the amount the remote oil well and the oil train are supplying.
It’s a major milestone, because I can now handle smelting recipes that produce hot ingots. Notably Kanthal, which was the next step up in heating elements. I upgraded my blast furnace to 2700 K and 500 watts, and immediately started smelting Nichrome ingots for 3600 K heating elements, which will unlock tungsten, iridium, and osmium smelting. Not that I have any of those, I have yet to find any tungsten veins, and iridium and osmium mostly come from a complicated ore processing of chalcopyrite and pentlandite, which I’m currently working on while the nichrome smelts.
The funny thing is that my power plant handles the combined 620 watt draw of the blast furnace and freezer without any strain, purely from ethanol and steam. While nitro diesel is available for additional power, it’s not drawing on it because I’m currently running just the blast furnace and a few utility machines like the metal bender and wiremill. It’s only when I’m running the ore processing at the same time that I start burning petroleum.
It’s funny because I can recall struggling to generate 60-ish watts when I first started building electrical machinery.
I have a bunch of long term projects on my horizon still. I need to set up titanium production next. I’ve got the ore.
I should probably build a food -> methane -> hydrogen setup. I’m cracking water for hydrogen now, and that’s producing excess oxygen. My oxygen tank is filling up because hydrogen demand is high.
I’m thinking of prospecting the Nether with the seismic prospector, and building an automated mining drill to snag some Nether Quartz. Finding it by hand in the quantities I need has been a pain.
I want to do a similar project on an emerald deposit, since I now need those in industrial quantities. Or I could build a massive automatic wheat farm and trade for emeralds with villagers.
I might pump some lava out of the nether, and centrifuge it for tungsten.
I’m thinking of building a peat farm to use up all that excess mulch produced by my carrot farm. Plus another steam boiler and turbine setup to use it. Though my current oil surplus means it’s a somewhat questionable project.
I want to build some distillation towers. At least 3 of them, for various stages of petroleum refining. They’re going to complicate things a lot, though, since they produce 4-5 products at once, and I need to balance demand and storage for that stuff somehow.