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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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Maximizing heat from your outdoor fireplace

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  • Maximizing heat from your outdoor fireplace

    I found this out by accident.

    You can double (or more) the heat from your fireplace by insulating the walls and using thicker firebrick.

    Here's how I found out. I have a ~5 foot wide outdoor fireplace. I had it lined with 1/2 thick firebricks. The firebricks weren't enough to protect the CMU from the heat and the CMUs stated cracking.

    To remedy the heat issue, I pulled out the splits, insulated with 1" KFAC-19, then put a layer of full size firebricks to line the fireplace.

    I had the fireplace in operation for one year in the old configuration so I have a pretty good gauge of the heat output. With the new configuration, I can honestly say there is a minimum of 2X the amount of heat output.

    Obviously I don't have any controlled tests of scientific before and after tests, but it is WAY hotter.

    I am guessing it is a combination of the almost zero heat loss through the sides and back combined with the heat retention of the full size bricks.

    Regardless, If you are building new, I would suggest spending a few extra bucks and insulating full bricks. The heat benefit and protection from potential problems down the road are way worth it.

    Regards,
    Chris
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