On Ronnie’s world, New Coaldust there are very specific rules, 2 of the most important being no one is allowed use of a Portal Chest or a Trade Portal. Therefore everything must be crafted or mined.
As you can imagine, things like Coal, Black Sand, and Iron Ore are not to be passed up as you are exploring. In fact - I depleted all of the Black Sand near me on account of needing it for crafting some 60+ solar panels for my industry.
Now I have resorted to making my own Black Sand. (I bet a good number of you didn’t know you can do this!) But crafting your own Black Sand requires 3 Pig Iron + 1 Block of Sand. And to make the 5 Solar Wafers you need for Solar Panels you need at least 25 Black Sand - and this takes 75 Pig Irons!
(By the way - I’m close to running out of Sand, too - but that is easily crafted by crushing stone to gravel and converting the gravel to sand 1-for-1)
So, this got me thinking: I need LOTS of iron ore to make the Pig Iron but now I’m beginning to deplete the Iron ore near me as well. What do I do?!
Well, I have a Diamond Pickaxe, so I can easily get 18 Iron Ore for every Iron deposit I find. But is this the best I can do?
It all started with this Hypothesis:
Even though a Gold Spade is not the ideal tool to mine Iron with - it might be better than using a Gold Pickaxe because it takes far longer to mine a given ore deposit therefore allowing more chances to get the random Bonus 10 Ore. In fact - is using a Gold Spade even better in the long run than using a Diamond Pickaxe??? Could it be true?!
- First I crafted 10 Gold Spades to conduct my experiment with.
- Next, I explored until I found a good number of Iron Ore deposits from which I could mine.
- I carried 2 empty chests with me to store all the Ore and bonus Items that I obtained with the Gold Spades.
- Then I began mining the Ores until all 10 Gold Spades had worn out.
- After this I tabulated my results.
- It takes 256 chops with a Gold Spade to completely remove one deposit of Iron Ore.
- 256 is the exact wearability of the Gold Spade - therefore, in removing 10 Iron Deposits, I completely wore out 10 Gold Spades.
- Below is the Yield including all bonueses from the 10 Gold Spades:
- As you can see from the results above, the Gold Spade is reasonably competetive with the Diamond Pickaxe considering Iron Ore alone. 152 Ores vs. the excpected yield of 180 for a Diamond Pickaxe. (Diamond Picks always yield 18 ore, and 18 x 10 = 180)
- Taking into account the 7 Iron Ingots and 19 Steel Ingots which both require Iron Ore to craft in the first place and clearly the Gold Spade is statistically tied with the Diamond Pick!
- Finally - when all bonus items are taken into account, the Gold Spade actually trumps the Diamond Pick.
- So, what’s the downside? TIME. It takes excruciatingly long to mine even 1 Iron Ore deposite with the Gold Spade. But if you have the time - it is worth it.
- The best approach for maximizing Iron Ore yield would be to use a Gold Spade for the first 255 chops and then switch to a Diamond Pick to finish it off. By doing so, you could theoretically earn 330 Iron Ores for every 10 Ore Deposits! (Plus lots of other goodies).
Pretty cool, isn’t it?