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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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  • Curing Question

    Okay, this occurred to me a couple times and I haven't seen the answer. When do you begin the curing process? After the dome is finished but the insulation et al hasn't been done or after the oven is completely finished? It seems like people do it either way but I'm not sure.
    "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

    "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka

  • #2
    Re: Curing Question

    I just posted on this topic on another thread.

    I have been thinking it is much less stress on the brick to fire after insulation, because you do not have such a wide difference in temperature across the brick and invariably across the outside dome surface. It would be easy to take the blanket off or look under it to inspect for cracks after the cure, if you are so inclined.

    I went ahead and fully insulated mine before firing. After 7 fires I do not have any cracks visible inside the dome.

    Just a thought.
    Wade Lively


    • #3
      Re: Curing Question

      ~nods~ Yup, you posted in the same thread that got me thinking about it again.

      "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot

      "Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal." -Mike Ditka


      • #4
        Re: Curing Question

        I feel that if you are using only the insulating blanket, or bulk dry vermiculite or perlon, you could start curing once the dome is complete. However, if you are using vermiculite cement as an insulating medium, then that also must be dried out slowly.
        I am currently curing my Pompeii oven. I have finished all of the brickwork and insulation, (1" blanket and 3 x 1" vermiculite/cement layers topped with a 1/2" cement render), still yet to tile the rendered dome and install the vent and chimney and make the cast doors. Had a good sized fire in there last night, the third one in the series, and no detectable heat on the outside with the oven. It was still pleasantly warm after 10 hours of 4 to 5°C overnight temperatures.
        Planning an even bigger fire tonight in readiness for the first cook-up on Saturday. No sign of movement or cracking anywhere.

        Prevention is better than cure, - do it right the first time!

        The more I learn, the more I realise how little I know

        Neill’s Pompeiii #1
        Neill’s kitchen underway