Essentials Mod expands automation and redstone in a balanced and vanilla style. The Essentials Mod offers various features to help players automate their game, including the ability to craft items without carrying them around manually. It also includes farmland that replants after harvesting, which can be used for crops or trees, item transport that is cheap and simple, and many more neat features!
Fertile Soil: Fertile Soil is an aid to farming. It has 10 variants, for wheat, carrots, potatoes, beetroot, and the 6 saplings. Crops can be planted on Fertile Soil like it was farmland, and they grow as if on hydrated farmland even without water. They also cannot be trampled. The main feature of Fertile Soil is that at random intervals, if there is nothing growing on top of it, it plants the crop corresponding to its type on itself for free. Therefore, you no longer need to replant.
Obsidian Cutting Kits: Obsidian Cutting Kits are a utility for collecting obsidian quickly. Simply right click one on some obsidian to insta-mine the obsidian and destroy the Obsidian Cutting Kit.
Brazier: With a Brazier, many different things can be done. An item can be added or removed with a right click, or automation. Adding some water with a bucket makes it safe to land on the Brazier from a high height, and makes it extinguish you if you stand on it. Adding lava instead makes it set things on it on fire, so it can be used as a trash can for items that won’t set the area on fire. A coal block makes it burn, letting off light. It doesn’t use up the coal. Similarly, a glowstone block also makes it glow at light level 15. More interesting than the other effects though is that if you put a block of salt in it, it prevents the spawning of witches in a large area. It has a radius of 32 blocks by default. This requires that a mod adding salt blocks (such as Crossroads or Mekanism) is installed.
Sorting Hopper: The Sorting Hopper functions almost identically to a normal hopper but for a subtle difference that has huge ramifications. While a normal hopper processes extracting items after inserting them, the Sorting Hopper processes extracting items before inserting them. The reason this is important is that if you make a pillar of sorting hoppers, with them all facing sideways into inventories, then items go into the top inventory first, then the second inventory, and so on. This does not occur with normal hoppers. This means you can filter items. If the top inventory can only accept sand and the middle one accepts only dirt and the bottom one takes anything, then putting dirt, sand, and gravel into the top hopper will result in all the sand going into the top inventory, all the dirt going into the middle inventory, and all the gravel going into the bottom inventory.
Slotted Chest: The Slotted Chest is a chest the size of a double chest, and it has a very interesting quirk. When removing an item from a slot, it leaves a ghost item behind. You can shift click into the Slotted Chest, but only if the slot the items are going to already has the matching item. To clear a ghost item, shift click it with an empty cursor. Also, automation will respect the ghost items, will only be able to insert into a slot if it already has a match and when extracting items it always leaves a ghost item behind. This allows you to format your storage chests without fear of shift clicks or automation messing it up.
Port Extender: A Port Extender enables attaching more item inputs/outputs to one block. By attaching it to a block such as a chest, and orientating the Port Extender so the gray square on the front is going into the block, anything attached to the Port Extender will act as if it is connected to the block itself. Devices going into a Port Extender mimic attaching to the same side of the original block as they face into on the Port Extender, so if a hopper points into the top of a Port Extender pointed into a furnace, the hopper can insert items into the top of the Furnace. Note that this connection is one-way, that Port Extenders cannot be chained, and that this only works for item transfer, not any other type of connection (such as fluid).
Candle Lilypad: A Candle Lilypad is a decorative block that functions as a lilypad while emitting the same amount of light as a torch (14).
Item Chute: Item Chutes simplify transferring items vertically. There are two parts to a chute: the Item Chute itself and the Item Ports. If there is an inventory in the blockspace the top Item Chute Port points into, items will be inserted into the inventory instead, and will stop outputting items once it fills up.
Extra Recipes: Essentials adds several recipes that can be disabled via config. It includes recipes for saddles and nametags, as well as a shapeless form of the piston recipe that fits in a 2×2 grid and is about equal cost.