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Photo Galleries are back! Instructions below.

Dear forum users,
Thank you for your patience with the Photo galleries. We've got your galleries online!
We have finished writing a custom script to migrate the PhotoPlog to vBulletin5’s albums.

Unfortunately V-Bulletin killed the "Photoplogs" in their software upgrade which was unforeseen and we're the first development group to have written a script for getting the galleries back... that said, it took some time to reverse engineer the code and get the albums to move over seamlessly!

Forum users will be able to access their “PhotoPlog” images through their user profile page by clicking on the “Media” tab.
They will also be able to browse other albums by going to the albums page. (On the forum site, there is a link in the black bar beside “Forums” to the albums.)

In order for users to create an album please follow the steps below.
1) Go to user profile page and click “Media”
2) Click Add Photos
3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
4) Click Upload or Select from Photo Album to add photos
5) Click Post
6) Once posted, the album will be created as a “Topic” on the albums page for the public to see. The topic title will be the “Photo Gallery Title” they created before uploading their photos.

To create this migration path we used vBulletin5’s default album structure. Unfortunately, it won’t work like the “PhotoPlog” but is an album/gallery component on the forum now.
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wood for the base?

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  • wood for the base?

    to save time and money I was thinking of supporting the hearth slab with a framework of salttreated 6x6s. Think there would be any heat/combustion problem? the rebar coming out of the slab would rest of the 6x6s but could they transfer enough heat to matter if it was wood??? thanks, bruce

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    Re: wood for the base?

    Wood bases are not recommended. Wood is flexible, and masonry is heavy and rigid. A rigid support will help you avoid cracks. It's not a heat transfer problem, as the bottom of the support slab barely gets warm if your insulation is working right.
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    • #3
      Re: wood for the base?

      I used a wood base for time, money, weight, reuse and sustainability reasons, but it was for a clay oven. Quite a few people build clay ovens over a wood base, but I wouldn't do so if I was building a brick oven. Like dmun says, there's potential movement which will cause cracks.
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      • #4
        Re: wood for the base?

        Clay/wood - no prob.
        Brick/wood - er, I dunno... Dmun is right - masonry isn't very forgiving. But on the other hand, a floating base (no direct linkage between hearth and floor) shouldn't have that problem as long as it's contained (floating off the edge would be a bad thing... )

        I'm not sure you'd actually be saving much in the way of time (money would depend on sourcing). Even a wood base needs a foundation and laying block on a foundation isn't likely to take that much more time - especially not if you're using carriage bolts. (You could cheat with block and only do two walls as long as you reinforce them.)
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