Well let me try. The way I play and build is:
#1: pick a location for my base, and then start to “sketch” out the design of the base by building it with sandstone building blocks. Ones The base starts having the form I am looking for, I replace it gradually with tire two and tire tree building blocks.
#2: My base is usually built with circle design about the size of 10x10 foundation blocks.
#3: My base is usually made up by 2-5 smaller buildings, but I always build them linked together, because I think that is better for the decay timer. Please correct me if I’m wrong.
#4: I place God altar and pet bin outside the base, but very close, about the distance of 3-10 building blocks. I guess this keeps me inside my land claim.
#5: I don’t have time to play every day, but I log inn at least once a week just to prevent my base from decaying.
I have lost my pet bin 4 times this far. First time it was a tire 1 pin placed on top of sandstone foundation right next to my small sandstone house. The Pet bin decayed before the rest of the base.
2 times I have placed a pet bin tire 2 about the distance of 3 building blocks away from my stonebrick base. These times the pin also decayed after about 4 days offline.
Lastly I built a bigger base, maybe about the size of 20x20 blocks, but still in circle designs. I then placed 3 God altard and the tire 3 pet bin facing each other one a flat surface about 10-15 blocks away from the base. This time the pet bin was gone way before any of the God altars, even tough I had 8 animals placed in the area. I guess I was logged out for about 4-5 days this time.
This seams way to fast in my opinion, should’t tire 3 take way more time to decay?
Also, after my pet bin was gone the last time, I was offline for about 7-8 days, when I got back my base was gone along with two of the God altars and a vault placed on a tire 3 foundation inside my base. Keep in mind that the walls where still just sandstone walls, this is something I do to keep a low profile, especially because I want to keep my base realistic looking, and not some giant cube placed on top of a spike looking rock-mountain. So I guess my second question would be, when I build a base combined with tire 1 and tire 3 building blocks, will everything decay at the same time? and if so, please make the tire 3 dominate the decay timer.