Passive crafting

Many crafting recipes (food especially) wouldn’t require you to be present while it completes. Take smoked meat as an example; you could set up the smoker and do something else for the hour it takes to finish. Would it be possible to implement this without overhauling the crafting code? Is it the way it currently is for balance reasons?

Leather tanning does something similar from what little I’ve messed with it.

making charcoal is comparable.

Well, suppossedly you are, for example, checking the meat and stuff, in case it burns. More or less that.

Well would be cool if i could read a book while i “watch” my barbecue.

This is mostly just a case of moving things over to a slightly different system, one that we’re already using for a variety of things. It’s definitely something I’d like to go in eventually.