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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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Firing a very old brick oven which hasn't been used for years

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  • Firing a very old brick oven which hasn't been used for years

    I have a friend in the UK who is lucky enough to live in a very old house with a brick oven built inside the fireplace to one side on the chimney. Judging by the stones on the inside of the dome it looks to be in fantastic (perfect) condition to me, and every time I visit I think of the great pizzas just waiting to come from it, but he refuses to fire it up! He says he believes it will cause irreparable damage and isn't prepared to take the risk...

    Should I try and persuade him? If it were my house I'd have fired it up the first (or second) night after I had moved in, but I'm not sure I want to take the responsibility of anything going wrong!
    My rustic oven;

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    Re: Firing a very old brick oven which hasn't been used for years

    Old wood burning fireplaces can be a problem. A lot of the flues aren't properly lined and can present a fire hazard. A tiny twig fire should disclose if there are any smoke leaks, and a visual inspection of the flue can show cracking or gaps.

    If it's in the house, you have to be careful. I'd say call in a chimney professional, but they make their living relining flues, and I doubt they ever see a flue that doesn't "need" their expensive services.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2