This article lists the basic equipment you need to get your Thaumcraft alchemy lab up and running. Most of the blocks and machines (including seals) can be switched off by applying a redstone signal. There are a couple of exceptions like the Arcane Bore, but for the most part an active redstone signal will deactivate blocks.
Vis and Taint flowEdit
Vis and taint does not flow inside conduits by itself. Instead blocks that require vis (or taint) apply suction to any connected conduits: In effect, they suck the vis towards them.
Vis always flows from conduits with low suction to conduits with higher suction values. Suction strength steadily decreases the further you go from a blocks that applies it. Most blocks like the Thaumic Infuser or the Arcane Furnace apply a suction strength of 50 TCB (Thaums per cubic block). This figure reduces by one for each conduit it has to travel through, which means that after fifty conduits the suction would have reduced to zero.
If more than one block applies the same suction to the same series of conduits the vis will always flow towards the closest block first.
Note should be taken that conduits and blocks have two seperate suction values - one for vis and one for taint. Blocks that require vis usually only applies vis suction which means only vis will flow towards them - the taint is unaffected.
Suction can be measured using the various craftable detector items.
Conduits allow you to transport vis from a source (like a crucible) to a thaumic device that requires that vis. It transports both pure and tainted vis and it is possible that the conduits get clogged up with tainted vis unless you remove it somehow. The darker the shade of the purple the liquid in the conduit the more tainted it is.
This special conduit works exactly like a normal conduit, except it can be clicked to stop vis from flowing through it. It can also be opened and closed with a redstone signal.
Vis Storage TankEdit
This glass tank is strengthened with Enchanted Wood, allowing it to store vast amounts of vis or taint. You merely need to connect it to a conduit or vis source.
CAUTION: Basic vis tanks are not well suited to storing large amounts of taint for long periods. Taint tends to corrupt and degrade the structure of the tanks, causing them to fail... impressively.
Note: Tanks will provide an auditory cue when near failure, emitting a creaking sound.
Vis tanks apply a suction strength of 10 TCB to surrounding conduits to draw vis and taint towards themselves. You can connect Arcane Bellows to them to increase the suction strength.
This device sets up a constant flow of vis or taint in a series of conduits. Suction is only applied from the front of the device (the end with the pumping animation). It has a small internal store for any vis or taint it has pumped. To extract vis from this store you need to connect conduits to its back which in turn needs to connected to some suction causing device. You can use a series of pumps to move vis over large distances.
Vis Pumps apply a suction of 20 TCB from their front, though this can be increased by connecting bellows next to them. The pumps orientation can be changed with Tinkering Tools.
See Thaumic Infuser.
Not all objects are available immediately. You need to research them using the Quaesitum. Like an enchanting table, this block works better when surrounded by bookcases or similar objects.
See the section on Research for a detailed explanation of how it works.
The Vis Condenser provides another way of gaining Vis. By placing any kind of vis crystal in the slot on the left the condenser uses it as a catalyst to slowly draw pure vis from the aura. This has the unfortunate side effect of draining the crystal however and after some time it will turn into a depleted crystal. Unlike the crucible however, the condenser produces 100% pure, untainted vis.
The speed at which the Condenser draws vis from the atmosphere is determined by the current phase of the moon. The fuller the moon is, the faster the condenser works.
It is possible to place condensers next to each other and they distribute their vis amongst each other so you don't have to connect them all to conduits.
See Vis Filter.
See Arcane Furnace.
When placed adjacent to a Crucible the bellows boosts the rate at which it can smelt items and also slightly improves the efficiency of the crucible, allowing it to produce more Vis and less Taint for each item smelted.
When placed adjacent to an Arcane Furnace it boosts the speed at which the Furnace smelts ores and also increases its chance to produce multipe smelting results. Bellows connected to an Arcane Furnace that is currently below a Crucible will effectively boost both devices.
Bellows can be connected to Vis Tanks or Vis Pumps. Each bellows increases the suction in these blocks by 10 TCB. Bellows can be connected directly to conduits as well to increase the suction in that section, but multiple bellows will not increase the suction in a single conduit beyond 10 TCB.
See Arcane Bore.
See Vis Detector.
See: Taint Detector.
The Thaumometer is a combination of the Vis Detector and the Taint Detector.
When used to click on thaumic devices or conduits it will give an indication of both their Vis and Taint content, as well as the capacity of the device.
The bars displayed in the lower right-hand corner will now display if the Aura and Taint raiting are increasing or decreasing via upwards or downwards facing arrows.
Arcane Tinkering ToolEdit
The Arcane Tinkering Tool has several uses. Firstly it can be used to retrieve unsmelted materials from crucibles. It can also be used to change direction of certain blocks like the Arcane Bore or the Vis Pump.