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"Dicke Berta" Stove

by plasticbox Posted 11th Feb 2010 at 7:34 PM - Updated 11th Feb 2010 at 10:27 PM by plasticbox
58 Comments / replies (Who?) - 19 Feedback Posts, 6 Thanks Posts
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.
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Here's a simple, oldfashioned stove – technically it's a fireplace, but without bells and wistles. Sims can use it like a fireplace, i.e. light a fire and poke it.

It costs 480§ in game and is in the Build mode catalogue > Fireplaces.

It has three recolourable channels: body, top/bottom/frames, and top and bottom rim plus feet and handle. Berta is cloned from the cheap modern EA fireplace and has the same presets as that – they’re not uber fantastic, but they make sense. See the "presets" screenshot.

Made from 1.8.25 files. I'm told it works fine in newer games too, see the comments (thanks for letting me know!).

Known issues:
The stove is moved further back to the wall than the original one, so the fire is quite far in front now – flames will often appear to come out of the window, which looks a bit dangerous. (I know that a stove like this would normally have a door .. but sims can't very well poke a fire through a closed door, so I pretend that my sims are all slobs and have lost the door somehow).

There are two seams in the texture on the side and back of the body; this is because the entire witdh of the body wouldn't have fit on the map otherwise (without losing a lot of detail), so I had to cut the mesh somewhere. With more or less monochrome textures, it depends on the angle of light whether you can see it at all; with large floral patterns it's going to be more obvious. See the "tiling" screenshot below.

The UV map of one of the chimney parts is broken – I can't fix this with the tools that I have at the moment. See the "chimneybork" screenshot to see what it looks like. If this turns out to be fixable, I'll fix it; if not, I can live with it (I don't often study the chimneys of my sims' houses in detail).

Known nonissue:
There is a one-pixel line across all of the textures visible in some of the screenshots – I'm pretty sure this is my game, not the texture. If you look very closely on the "Berta-01" and the playtesting screenshots, you can see the same line on the wallpaper as well.

Made in blender with the help of s3pe, s3oc, Aorta, Photoshop, Milkshape, and S3 Object Mesh Tool.

Polygon Counts:
High detail mesh: 963F/1008V; low detail: 329F/423V, plus the chimney bits (those are identical to the EA ones – they're modular, so the total count depends on how many levels your house has).

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#26 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 8:10 AM
well i'm fussy about my cc nowadays. but this is a shoo-in. well done PB.

Can't find stuff in build and buy mode?
#27 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 12:54 PM
Plasticbox,sorry,was busy with real life.
Your stove works perfectly fine.I have WA+HELS+ALL patches.
Its so classy and so easy to recolor ingame.A jewel!
Test Subject
#28 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 4:54 PM
You're on a role!!! LOVE IT!!!
Test Subject
#29 Old 12th Feb 2010 at 6:04 PM
Dicke berta?? As in dutch for dikke berta? :P
Test Subject
#30 Old 13th Feb 2010 at 12:59 AM
lovely please keep making more objects! I'm already a big fan of your lots, and now getting objects is really awesome!! I've already downloaded your crib and table and I love them
#31 Old 13th Feb 2010 at 1:36 AM
A must have - so incredibly realistic to boot! Thank you Plasticbox
Test Subject
#32 Old 13th Feb 2010 at 3:26 AM
This is gorgeous!
Great work thank you!
Test Subject
#33 Old 15th Feb 2010 at 1:47 PM
Love it!

Test Subject
#34 Old 15th Feb 2010 at 8:23 PM
Loveee it!
Lab Assistant
#35 Old 20th Feb 2010 at 12:50 AM
Wow! This is fabulous, I really missed having a wood burning type stove. Perfect for for when that contemporary one won't do. Thanks so much!
#36 Old 23rd Feb 2010 at 8:45 PM
Thanks plasticbox!
- big name for a stove
Lab Assistant
#37 Old 2nd Mar 2010 at 5:45 PM
Thanks you, thank you....I love it.
As far as the chimney goes: it's an old stove and naturally repair work is Sim had to replace that one piece of pipe at the top. That's why it is shinier than the rest! LOL-my way of saying the chimney pipe being different just gives it more character. I think it is perfect just the way it is.
Test Subject
#38 Old 13th Mar 2010 at 11:35 PM
I really love the look of this fireplace, but I would love it if there was any way it could be used as both a fireplace and a stove. I understand this may not be possible, but if it is it would be great. Thank you!
Lab Assistant
#39 Old 16th Mar 2010 at 11:45 AM
Hi, thanks for this stove. It will be perfect for the outer Nectar making room. Its hard to make my Nectar Master stay down there more than the time it takes to make a single batch of Nectar. Now I have a good excuse to make a sub-basement to store all all her creations.
#40 Old 19th Mar 2010 at 4:08 PM
Wow! ! ! This is fantastic, thank you so much.
Lab Assistant
#41 Old 31st Mar 2010 at 12:17 AM
Aww thankyou
so much hun! this is amazingg.
Test Subject
#42 Old 26th Aug 2010 at 5:42 PM

Lab Assistant
#43 Old 17th Sep 2010 at 12:56 PM
Simple stove, great job.
Test Subject
#44 Old 13th Nov 2010 at 2:04 PM
wow very authentic, thee are actually quite common in households here in Norway, maybe a bit modernized but still close. Thanks
Test Subject
#45 Old 7th Feb 2011 at 3:06 PM
Fantastic! Thank you so much
Test Subject
#46 Old 17th Apr 2012 at 12:01 AM
"Die dicke Berta" Sehr passend. Total niedlich, ich freu mich schon darauf sie in mein Spiel zu basteln, danke! <3
Field Researcher
#47 Old 10th Oct 2012 at 11:25 AM
This is awesome! Reminds me of the heating "stove" in my granddaddy's house!
Field Researcher
#48 Old 11th Nov 2013 at 12:19 AM
Thank you. I have been searching a fireplace just like this one for a while.
Test Subject
#49 Old 27th Sep 2014 at 6:08 PM
I love this. A stove for houses without central heating or expensive fireplaces.
Top Secret Researcher
#50 Old 26th Oct 2014 at 1:30 AM
Great job, thank you.
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