Lucky you XD Unbelievably, after two more hours of gameplay, I'm still stuck on the pile of coal. Daniel freaking out about nothing isn't helping either, can hardly do things when he's all "..." and about to faint, lol.
It's not that bad as in there are no Gatherers and nothing to worry about, you go through there, get the gears, start the fire, put the rods in place, adjust the pressure, then turn the machine on. At that point red organic material grows, you flee, when you get out the main area is full of it, you go to the elevator and go down then. Once down then you have a right to be scared cause down there is a prison and the Gatherers just wander around the halls patrolling.