Hey there. So a few others and I were messing around on an anonymous server and it turns out we found a way to get free iron. So of course, I cracked open the toolbox and began tinkering for a way to automate the process. What is it you say? Well, it turns out that if you place a water bucket in a furnace (as far as I know, any furnace will work), it will output another bucket and empty the first. With the right machines, you can turn 3 effective iron ingots into 6 every time. With a machine I made, I could produce 1 iron block around every 5 seconds (around 2 ingots a second.) Here is the machine:
As you can see, I no longer have to do anything to make this process work and while alloy furnaces can turn the water buckets straight into ingots, they are a lot slower and require blutricity (which is harder to get and set up than EU in my opinion. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.