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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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Thinking about building an oven in the UK

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  • Thinking about building an oven in the UK


    I've just come back from a family holiday in Mallorca where the villa that we rented had an outdoor wood burning oven. I'd never used one before & not really knowing what to do decided to have a go making & baking our own pizza. We were so impressed with the results & had so much fun that now I'm back home in the UK I'm going to have a go at building one myself. I have not yet decided on a design, still need to do some more reading & research before I decide. I've started to look for suppliers of firebrick close to my location in Newport South Wales, no luck so far. I'd be interested in talking to people close to where I live that have already built an oven regarding material suppliers etc.

    Cheers David

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    Re: Thinking about building an oven in the UK

    I have just completed a unit that has been able to smoke /tandori grill and bake. BUT I have not learned very well. Of the eight things I have done 5 burned. My last unit required tons of wood and was only a smoker. I must say the tandori thing is fantastic. Whole chickens in 30 minutes. Veggies to die for. It works like a blast furnace. I live in FL so I have not tried to do bread as we have plenty of heat outside as it is. Looking forward to first pizza. I need to let heat build up and use less coal and wood.

    Couple of things I did - After I parged my firebricks with 50% concrete and 50% vermiculite for insullation (3 inches plus firebrick gives me 6 inches total) - I wrapped my firebox in cardboard two layers. My idea was to create an expansion joint. Then I poured the whole thing solid with rebar and concrete (bomb shelter style). I also made sure I poured a bit of vermiculite along the bottom of the firebox so concrete would not bond. I wanted the floor to "float" again for expansion.

    My unit is on a terrace in my back yard I load the back "oven" side and cook tandori grill and smoke on the top side. I use fire bricks to close the door and the chimney. Open chimney for tandori and closed for smoking and baking. Lo-teck is good as I live very close to the ocean and rust is a huge problem with heat its death to metal. The bricks work very good.

    Angle grinders rock!

    Good luck to you