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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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  • First oven build

    I am purchasing some property in the rainforest outside of Hilo, HI. And would like to build a WFO for my family and friend's use.

    Of course I have 'purchased" the plans from this site, and read over them several times. I'm not an experienced mason by any stretch, but do have a little experience, and think i can pull this off.

    However, I have a few questions before I get started.

    Money is an issue, so I would like to use what is available to me locally, and in some cases free. I have access to all the lava rock I want. Any size, any shape. I am confident that I can use this rock for the structural support (on a poured level "footer").

    Due to the porous nature of this rock, I assume it will be a horrible thermal mass, but should be a rather good insulator. Can I use the lava rock as my dome insulation also?

    I found this site (from another thread here) Portuguese Stone Oven Baking | Kona Historical Society which leads me to beleive that there may be locally sourced rocks that will work as my thermal mass. However, I have read that some people have had success with using paving stones, is that really a workable solution or will I find small chuncks of brick in my pizza/breads/cakes/ etc? I will use firebrick as my bottom, but if I can save some $ by using pavers in the dome, I will.

    Would it be possible, to build my dome out of the lava rock, and then coat the inside with clay (or any other cheap substance) in order to fire it into earthenware to give me my thermal mass?

    Thank you in advance for your help.