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Forge vent - Limit forge temperature

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Forges are hot. This is good, it allows us to smelt ores in crucibles and heat up ingots to a workable temperature. Sometimes they get too hot and it can become inconvenient, such as in these scenarios:

 

Orange-hot forge and orange-hot crucible outputs near white-hot molten metal, for metals such as tin or bismuth we have to wait some time before they solidify and can be emptied from their molds, so we may run out of molds or fill up our inventories. I know we can quench them in water or dump them in a chest until later, but if we could limit the temperature of the forge we could set the forge up for the job in hand. 

 

How do we do this believably? How about a grill-type vent either on the exhaust or air intake? Less airflow means less burning happens, we could have a sliding grill where the slats overlap / open up to lower the temperature for certain jobs. 

 

Besides excessively hot tin smelting this could also reduce accidental ingot liquification when the user is trying to work multiple ingots into sheets.

 

This in turn could serve a secondary function as a device for keeping ingots at a working/welding temperature ready for the user without fear of losing them so they're ready to pick up and work straight away.

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Smithing is supposed to be hard. The fact that you have to worry about some of your stuff melting and that you can't just set it and forget it is a huge part of the entire dynamic.

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A little risk makes things more exciting yes, but if the grill is made of iron the player will most likely be working with iron or better which doesn't melt without using bellows anyway. Turning chests of ore into piles of ingots is slow and monotonous especially after several worlds, although I've just thought of another solution to that...

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If you're just doing straight ore -> ingot conversion, for everything but platinum why don't you just fill up a bunch of vessels and fire those? Load up your inventory with molds and you should be able to pull them all out before the last vessel solidifies.

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If you're just doing straight ore -> ingot conversion, for everything but platinum why don't you just fill up a bunch of vessels and fire those? Load up your inventory with molds and you should be able to pull them all out before the last vessel solidifies.

Today I made 42 copper ingot with just 8 ingot molds and water barrel. Wasn't too hard...

But, yes, making lots of Iron is pain in the butt.

You still can keep molds in case worked tool/whatever will melt, which will save your metal.

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