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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 fire. Thanks, everyone.

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  • First fire. Thanks, everyone.

    Three enclosure walls are on. The chimney is covered in lath and perl-crete. I just found out that the masonry store has perlite for 1/3 the cost of the hydroponics store ($10/bag), so I’ll be filling the entire enclosure with loose perlite, rather than messing around with chicken wire or partitions.

    The dome has had about a month to cure on its own while I messed around with the vent, chimney, and enclosure. The evenings are getting warmer, so it’s time to get moving. I lit the first fire tonight. Just a pile of sticks, really. Probably a little larger than the “1 newspaper” fire recommended, but the oven seemed pretty dry.

    It burned for about 30 minutes. The smoke went right up the chimney, not much was escaping out of the front. After it was finished, the outside of the dome was slightly warm to the touch. No cracks (yet).

    Thanks for the site, James, and thanks to everyone who has contributed to the forum. It's a great resource.
    Last edited by Chris; 03-09-2007, 10:26 PM. Reason: Thanks!
    I'm building a Pompeii Oven in Austin, Texas. See my progress at:
    Il Forno Fumoso

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    Re: First fire. Thanks, everyone.

    Gives you a warm feeling....congrats!
    sigpicTiempo para guzarlos..... ...enjoy every sandwich!


    • #3
      Re: First fire. Thanks, everyone.

      Congratulations Chris,

      Try to go slow at this point (even though it's hard to wait) curing your oven. Just add about 100ºF every day for the next 5-7 days, and hopefully you won't get cracks. Some great food is just around the corner, and you already get the pleasure of watching the fire dance around in the dome. Pretty cool, isn't it. Try not to get the dome clear for quite a few more days.
      Last edited by james; 03-10-2007, 06:59 AM.
      Pizza Ovens
      Outdoor Fireplaces


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        Re: First fire. Thanks, everyone.

        James, Chris,

        Good advice and hard to follow. It's tough not going for the BIG fire right away, but go slow, slow, slow. You'll meet the plasma beast from Star Trek inside your oven when it's going white soon enough. "What is it, Spock?" "I'm not sure, Jim, but it seems to be composed entirely of pure energy, and it's intelligent."

        "Made are tools, and born are hands"--William Blake, 1757-1827


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          Re: First fire. Thanks, everyone.

          Congratulations Chris,
          Good luck, have fun,
          let us know how it all works


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            Re: First fire. Thanks, everyone.

            Good luck to you! I just went through the oven curing process, so if you have any "newbie" questions, feel free to contact me.

            Keller TX
            Artigiano 39"
            former Phoenix resident and Pizzeria Bianco fan