This guide is a basic way with minimal parts and no enclosed space/atmospheric system to replenish your welder or jet pack canisters if you run out of fuel/they blow up (sort of common these early days).
Other Stationeers Guides:
I've had my welder tank blow up several times (they've been working on a bug related to this - though it's also a thermal issue during the day). I've also just simply ran out because I left the thing on. This is a real drag early game as this stops you in your tracks from working on structures.
This method will also work to get fuel back in your jetpack as the fuels I'm mining here are usable by both currently.
This guide is to allow you to refill with the most basic parts, with no built out atmospherics/gas system.
What You Will Need to Create
Some of these items are contained in your starting crates, others you will need to mine up resources and manufacture parts/machinery. This guide assumes you know the basics of the game inventory system and building controls, and assumes you have a basic power system set up with either solar panels or the solid fuel generator.
You will need the following:
- Autolathe (included in starter case). x1
- Via autolathe -
- Hydraulic Pipe Bender unit - x1
- Via pipe bender -
- Gas Tank Storage (you have to make this) x1
- Canister (can skip this if your existing tank is intact - eg. not exploded) x1
- Iron frame x1 (if you have a frame built out already, you can build this setup on that. I'm using an un-welded version for this example)
- Active vent (included in starter case - can also be made on pipe bender) x1
- Construction kit - Pipe (included in starter case, can also be made on autolathe and pipe bender), x2
- Cable to power active vent (included in toolbelt, can be made on autolathe)
Via Mining - Equal amounts of:
- Volatiles (your fuel)
- Oxite (your oxidizer)
What You Do
1. Assemble the Active Air Vent, Pipe, and Gas Tank Storage on an iron frame as shown in the included screenshot. Run electrical power to the top of the Active Air Vent.
2 Remove canister from the Welder or Jet pack and place in an an open hand (you can also use a new canister made on the pipe bender). Assure the canister is in the Closed state by selecting the canister with the R key and selecting Close with the F key. If the canister is open it will immediately leak out as you fill it.
3. Place the canister in the Gas Tank Storage by selecting the hand with the canister clicking on the Gas Tank Storage.
I'm assuming you do this next part in a vacuum (not an enclosed space).
4. Stand directly to the side of the active air vent, cycle the vent power on, and cycle the direction switch to Outward
5. In the daylight (will not work at night, the ores are ice and need to be melted) With the Oxite Ore and Volatile Ore in your Mining Belt, and the mining belt opened, make sure you have an empty hand ready.
6. Place the volatile ore In your empty hand. The ore will immediately begin melting and get sucked into the air vent. You should hear a hair-dryer like sound confirming this. You can either allow a full stack to melt or stop it at a specific amount by moving the ore back to your mining belt.
7. Verify that you have the first gas in the tank be removing the tank from the gas storage and checking if it is showing any kPa pressure inside (if it was showing 0 before it should have a positive number now)
8. Return the Canister to the Gas Tank Storage and Repeat step 6 with the Oxite Ore, making sure to melt the same amount as the Volatile you melted previously.
9. Shut off the active air vent, remove the canister from the Gas Storage and place in your Jet Pack or Welder. Test the tool/pack for proper ignition (J for jetpack, O for welder). If the welder ignites or you can fly the jetpack, success!