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Featured upload! CAST yourself a chimney!

by armiel Posted 31st Jan 2011 at 5:37 PM - Updated 29th Oct 2011 at 2:39 PM by armiel
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This is a new mesh, and means that it's a brand new self contained object that usually does not require a specific Expansion pack (although this is possible depending on the type). It may have Recolours hosted on MTS - check below the description for more information.
This is a featured upload! It showcases the best talent and creativity available on MTS and in the community.
First of all, a huge thank to Inge from Simlogical for helping me make these. Thank you for all the countless hours you spent working on these with me, thanks for your patience with all my questions and frustration. Thank you

Thanks to LeeFish for making me make these and dragging Inge to #create so she could help me. Thanks for testing. Thank you

CAST yourself a chimney!

After some playing with all the fake chimney pieces, I was told that all this could be made so that EA fireplaces used my pieces automatically instead of the original un-castable chimneys.

That started a time of fiddling with pieces, mappings, weird files I had never heard of, programs I only barely knew how to use, and a lot of testing :P

I am happy to finally present you the REAL CASTable CHIMNEYS that are placed automatically when you place an EA fireplace

What did I do then?
There is a file on rar that allows EA chimneys to use my castable chimney pieces instead of EA's non-castable ones. At this moment it has been impossible for me to make individual files for all the fireplaces, so I have made one file, that changes the chimneys of 6 EA fireplaces.
I have also made improved chimney pieces. Mapped them as good as I ever could, and made them work together without seams.
The chimney cap that the smoke comes out, that I couldn't get working my making a replacement, so Inge was kind enough to recolour it for me, to use black instead of red bricks.
I also made a fake chimney cap bottom, which doesn't place automatically. It is optional for you to download and use.

Here is a picture of the fireplaces that can use the new castable chimneys:

I can't give you the names of the fireplaces, as I play in finnish. They are all found in the build mode, next to the EA original fireplaces. Prices are the same as originals.

Info you should read:
- All though there is only one file that changes the behavior of the fireplaces (base, wa, amb), you CAN use the file even if you only had only base game, or just ambitions for example. The fireplaces of EP's you don't have, show on your catalog, you just can't use them.
- The lack of EP's does not make your game crash, this has been all tested by many testers.

What do I download?
NEEDED: Download armiel_CAST yourself a chimney!. rar for the chimney pieces and the file that allows the fireplaces to use them.
OPTIONAL: Download armiel_chimney_cap_fake (optional).rar to get the fake cap bottom.

How to use?
I have made a video about how to use these.

If for some reason you can't watch the video, here is a basic written how to:
- place the files from the rar(s) to your mods/packages folder.
- run the game
- make a house
- place a fireplace
- cast it (only the part behind fireplace has ability to be clicked for cast, you need to drag the pattern in cas-tool to the rest of the pieces.)

How to use the optional fake chimney cap bottom?
(also shown on video)
- open cheat panel by ctrl+shift+ C and type in: moveobjects on
- you need to have floor of grid on the floor you want to place the piece.
- place a fake cap bottom (found in misc. deco)(the piece can be moved up and down by holding mouse and dragging, if you have patch 1.17 or higher)

Additional Credits:
Inge Jones for being such a great help and making these possible!
Leesester for making me do these and testing.
Flabaliki, Werismyki, Daluved1, Zandvoort and a friend of Inge for testing.

Milkshape, TSRW, S3PE, S3OC, Photoshop, Paint.NET, UVMapper and Lithunwrap for being the programs I used making these.

Everyone at #create for support!

Cmomoney for pointing me to the right direction with vertices. Thank you!

I didn't want to fill this post with pictures. There are few more in the screenhots, about tiling, and some other pics.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoy these!
Please credit with a link when using on your creations

Download the chimneys for Pets fireplaces here
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
armiel_CAST yourself a chimney!.rar 126.5 KB 27,135 31st Jan 2011
armiel_chimney_cap_fake (optional).rar 20.6 KB 13,476 31st Jan 2011
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.

Need more help?

If you need more info, see:
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Field Researcher
#76 Old 24th Mar 2012 at 2:36 PM
making a very ambitious 1700s mansion and red does not match!! You have saved my life with this one! (Trying to build the City of Bath, Somerset, UK, need LOTS of chimneys...! ^_^
Lab Assistant
#77 Old 6th May 2012 at 9:04 AM
Quick note on something I just learned the hard way: When using the fake pieces (all of the chimney pieces, not just the top) on a chimney not included in this or the or the pets pack (I used the chimney from MSS, I love that chimney) you can not recolor the pieces.

If you use moveobjects to delete one of these chimneys you already placed and try to place a different chimney in the remaining cast your game will crash. Or at least mine does, every time.

"Until our shattered selves once again collide."
Field Researcher
#78 Old 30th Aug 2012 at 2:02 AM
I too am having trouble with this working properly. The fireplace casts. The chimney will cast only the floor level of the fireplace. The foundation below it and the second floor level of chimney above it will not cast, giving an error message that it is not recastable when I try to use the CAS tool. I am running a Mac, with base game and Ambitions only. The update tool says I am fully up to date with patches. I made sure to build the second floor before I placed the fireplace. I cannot understand what I must be doing wrong.

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Veteran Finn
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#79 Old 30th Aug 2012 at 4:26 AM
rhiamom, as the "How to"-part in the post says:
"only the part behind fireplace has ability to be clicked for cast, you need to drag the pattern in cas-tool to the rest of the pieces."
So I suppose you're not doing that.
(There is even a video!)
Field Researcher
#80 Old 1st Sep 2012 at 1:20 AM
Ah, I was trying to drag the pattern from the already cast area onto the uncast area. I had no idea you could drag patterns from the cast dialogue box. If I drag a palette of colors will it recast a patterned design in the palette colors? I am terribly excited with ew capability! I thank you, Armiel, for taking the time to help me. I was a simmer and creator in the old Sims 2 days; I learned how to mesh, even, but I most enjoy building pretty and playable houses. I have just begun playing Sims 3, so I am only a noob.
Test Subject
#81 Old 9th Oct 2012 at 5:41 PM
can you re colour the brick any colour and does this work for downloaded fireplace say the sims 3 store? and great mod
Veteran Finn
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Original Poster
#82 Old 9th Oct 2012 at 6:18 PM
Originally Posted by Blondiegirl95
can you re colour the brick any colour and does this work for downloaded fireplace say the sims 3 store? and great mod
Yes. No. Thanks. :D
Field Researcher
#83 Old 12th Nov 2012 at 4:15 PM
Can you do this again with the fireplaces that come with Sims 3 master suite stuff, and with Sims 3 Supernatural?
Veteran Finn
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#84 Old 12th Nov 2012 at 6:34 PM
Nope, sorry. You can use the pieces for those chimneys anyways, just MO (use moveobjects on cheat) them in place.
Test Subject
#85 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 3:13 PM
Is this compatible with 1.42?
Veteran Finn
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#86 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 4:31 AM

Try out and let me know too? :D
Test Subject
#87 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 3:17 AM
Hey I have been looking everywhere for this mod! I was so tired of my Chimney not matching my house now it totally matches thankies!
Test Subject
#88 Old 16th Jan 2013 at 6:53 PM
I just began playing Sims 3 again... fresh install after purchasing all of the xp's through Seasons and have been searching for all of my favorite cc and mods from before. The Castable Chimney by Armiel was a favorite when I only had the basegame and can report it does work, beautifully, with all xp's and patches through Seasons. Thanks again for a wonderful mod.
Lab Assistant
#89 Old 11th Feb 2013 at 11:29 AM
Thank you so, so much for this - makes such a huge difference to the look of the lots! Brilliant addition to the game
Test Subject
#90 Old 7th Apr 2013 at 8:56 AM
Thank you so much! I've been dying for chimneys not made of red brick! They just don't suit my style of building.
Hopefully this works since I've got all the EPs except Showtime installed.

Kiitos! <3
Lab Assistant
#91 Old 19th Apr 2013 at 10:16 PM
I'm sad to find that with this installed my game is unable to load. It sits at 0% on the neighborhood load and the game tips don't rotate. Such a shame, this would have gotten rid of all the ugly colored chimneys attached to pretty fireplaces.

We can't all be ninjas but it doesn't take much to be a pirate.
mature minion
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#92 Old 14th Oct 2013 at 2:28 PM
Such and improvement, no idea why EA didn't do this originally. Thank you Finn!
Test Subject
#93 Old 26th Jan 2014 at 9:02 PM
Love this awesome mod thank you ~
#94 Old 29th Jan 2014 at 3:31 PM
Originally Posted by Tee Hee Hee
Such and improvement, no idea why EA didn't do this originally. Thank you Finn!

I will 2nd that!!
Test Subject
#95 Old 9th Feb 2014 at 7:02 PM
I absolutely adore this mod. I cannot thank you enough. I've wanted to be able to do this since I started playing, now you've made it possible with your awesomeness.
Test Subject
#96 Old 18th Feb 2014 at 12:04 PM
So so crazy this wasn't standard in the game -thank you so much for it!
Lab Assistant
#97 Old 19th Feb 2014 at 12:46 AM
Oooh! This looks so helpful! Now I don't have to "Box in" my chimneys or delete them!
Test Subject
#98 Old 16th May 2014 at 5:45 PM
I only recently discovered this upload and was also very happy as I hate the red brick default ones from EA. My game loads fine, and they show up next to the originals as you said they would in the chimney section in build mode, but the minute I click on one to use it, my game crashes right there. Checked with dashboard, no conflicts that it can pick up, literally, it's only when I click on one to place it that my game crashes, instantly. I have EP Ambitions/Pets/Supernatural/Into the future and I'm all patched up to the latest versions. Anyway, I've removed them for the time being and thought I'd let you know. I see majority of these posts are from years ago, so, it might be the latest patch that is causing a problem? But I really wouldn't know, I'm not a modder, so I'm not sure how that all works.
Top Secret Researcher
#99 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 2:18 AM
Great job. Thank you.
Test Subject
#100 Old 2nd Oct 2015 at 1:14 AM
Wow, thank you! This was *really* bugging me. Looking forward to better chimbleys!
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