My son and I were discussing the area of fuel source. We have coal, peat and wood for fuel for the machines and furnaces.
Coal is the best it seems. You can get peat and compact it to make fuel or cut wood and use it for fuel.
I was thinking that compact peat would be better than wood.
My son goes, no, because you have to use spark to make compact peat, which requires fuel, so you are using either coal, wood or even peat to fuel the spark generator.
You are using fuel to make fuel, which is therefore a waste of fuel, according to him. Time would be better spent to collect coal, not peat or cutting down trees for wood, they should be seen as a byproduct of collecting sap for glue or sugar.
So, number crunchers, which way is best. Is collecting peat to compact a waste of time and usage of fuel to do the compacting? Would players be better off in just mining for coal or cutting down trees to get sap and have the wood for the fuel?