Hey guys, New to posting but have a good 500-600 hours in the game so far. Single build/base with around 4500 cycles.
Have been reading through this and have come up with my own weird way to get a tonne of Tungsten from the Abyssalite.
It's very dodgy but the way it works is flawless. The automation helps to make sure the tile doesn't hit 5kg which then won't take the energy/heat from the "coolant" (being liquid steel) and will quickly get higher than it's boiling point. Keeping the tile filled up between 500-1500kg seems to be a perfect mix. I've only used one mod which can convert refined metals back to raw metals. Currently have it on a constant aluminium cycle since this seems to be the safe point of keeping the thing running forever.
Have taken a lot of inspiration from a tonne of different posts around here and the flaking seems to be the perfect option to get heaps of Tungsten very quickly.
No need to worry about the tile heating up as by the time the tile gets warm, more Abyssalite gets added and keeps the tile temp down around the 45deg mark (maybe i'm just lucky that what i've been putting in so far has been all cool stuff).
Couple of screenshots of the setup.
Can try to get some gameplay video to show how it works for a cycle or so if you're interested. (yes my base is in no way optimized but for a single base with only 7 dead dupes throughout the build (usually from getting suck with falling regolith/sand).
But back to topic, this does work perfectly. Steam works very well and is extremely easy to get setup and working.Since you can get through the gaps diagonally, can pump in some water into the "hot" section at the start.
The conveyor rails are to take the tungsten to the molecular forge to get me more Thermium where needed. Great thing about Tungsten is that because it has such a low thermal mass, it's very simple to cool down from 3400deg to 50-60deg without heating anything else up too much.
Also purposefully built it near edge of space, just incase there was something that got hot that wasn't meant to, the gas would just dissapear after a couple of cycles and be all good again.
The large amount of random viscogel is there in very specific places (roughly hahah) to keep the equipment cool that needs to be kept cool.
Hope you enjoy and this helps anyone that doesn't have any glittering planets and can't get anymore tungsten another way.
EDIT: Uploaded a quick vid to youtube to see it running and how quickly it gets tungsten:
Automation is to count each 5kg block that flakes off the Abbysalite so when it's taken off 500kg, the automatic dispenser adds it's 500kg back into the block, allowing more to be flaked off. Dupes only need to come in for 2 reasons. To fill the dispenser and to work the metal refinery.
Piping is a nightmare, but once you get it right, it's great.
All piping where possible is made from insulation to stop any heat transfer into the pipes melting them down.