|Source Mod||Vanilla Minecraft|
Redstone is a Vanilla item harvested directly from redstone ore blocks. Redstone is the source for all redstone machinery, including lots of items from RedPower. Redstone ore can be found at the bottom 16 layers of the map, appearing in about 1% of stone below layer 14. The Redstone Ore itself can be extracted using the Silk Touch enchantment on a pickaxe, by using a Rock Cutter or other Silk Touch methods. The ore can then be processed in a Macerator to receive 10 Redstone dust instead of the normal 4-6, yielding approximately twice the normal amount of Redstone gained by mining it manually.
Redstone has many uses in Feed the Beast. Notable uses include, but are by no means limited to the RE Battery from IndustrialCraft 2, the Red-Doped Wafer and Red Alloy Ingot (each used in many wiring block and machine recipes) from RedPower 2, the Electron Tubes from Forestry, the Laser and Assembly Table from BuildCraft, and other raw materials such as Redstone Torches, Repeaters, and so forth, which are useful in automation of machinery and other Redstone circuitry.