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Fire and Cracks - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



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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  • Fire and Cracks

    I can see the glow of fire in a small crack about 1/16" wide and about 3 inches long. I hit 700 degrees yesterday on my curing schedule and the crack appeared. The entire thin crack goes from top to bottom. The insulating blanket shows signs of smoke. My home brew mortar was about 1/4" where the crack appeared. I am not concerned about structure issues. The tapered bricks, dry fit test would keep the dome structurally sound. So, should I mix up a batch of home brew and increase the thickness on the dome to address the crack?. Will the crack reappear with the addition of mortar?

  • #2
    Re: Fire and Cracks

    Don't bother to patch the cracks - they will most likely reappear. For the record, I have seen a crack 5/8 inch wide and the oven performed just fine.
    Check out my pictures here:

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    • #3
      Re: Fire and Cracks

      Thanks. I was planning a 800 degree cure tonight. I also planned to use the heat to cook my first pizza. Only hit 700 but the pizza was still good. Afterwards, I checked the crack and it was smaller and I could not see the glow of fire from the inside. Expecting a lot of rain the next couple of days. Time to cover and protect.


      • #4
        Re: Fire and Cracks

        A picture is worth a thousand words. I can see the glow of fire in a section of this crack.
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        • #5
          Re: Fire and Cracks

          I have added 4" of ceramic blanket insulation. Here is my theory on how I got the cracks. I followed the slow cure/dry cycle. The dome hit 800+ degrees twice. I wanted pizza. On the 3rd firing I moved the fire to the side. The side and dome cleared. During curing the dome slowly hit 800+ degrees. The side only hit 275-300 degrees. Moving the coals/fire to the side was too much....which created the cracks. I used the oven on Christmas for both Pizza and turkey. Both were great and the oven gets better with each firing.