God help me, the the DF forums have been up and down (mostly down) for too long, I can't bear it.
Phen wrote:I'm trying to figure how to use my lava, myself. No bauxite, unfortunately...
Well, if you want to use it offensively all You need is some Nickel/Iron pumps and a decent drainage system in place.
Pumps can be made of anything to pump magma, it is a bug/exploit I believe. I always use nickel or steel just to help my own sense of realism but you can make them out of wood and copper. Also if you have a magma proof floodgate with a non magma proof mechanism: If the gate is closed when the magma touches it nothing will be damaged. If the magma touches the gate when it is open the mechanism will burn off and you will not be able to close it again.
Which is annoying because there's no bauxite on most maps that have magma. It should really allow making mechanisms out of metal.
SecondTalon wrote:Huh.. for some reason I was thinking it was only Adamantine, Steel, and Bauxite that were magma proof.
Oh, and imp bones.
From the raws, the list of materials (bones aren't in matgloss, so I'll take your word on imp bones) that have a melting point higher than magma's temperature (which, for the record, is 12568 [2,600°F/1,427°C] - I don't know how that was determined; probably through experimentation with modded materials to see what could take it and what couldn't): nickel, nickel silver, steel, iron, platinum (NOT native platinum nuggets), bauxite, adamantine, raw adamantine - of those, only bauxite and raw adamantine are stones (suitable for mechanisms), the rest are metals. Notably, native platinum nuggets cannot
be used for this, despite being usable as a stone generally; its melting point is not defined.
Technical details on what magma will and won't melt: furniture-wise, it will melt things it is on the same tile as. So, it's on the same tile as a floodgate and its mechanism when it passes through the floodgate, so it'll melt whatever non-magma-safe items are there. But, a screw pump operates by teleporting fluid from the "source" square to the "destination" square; no fluid actually passes through the pump itself. So the pump can be made of wood.