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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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Curing Pompeii oven

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  • Curing Pompeii oven

    Our dome is completed! Now please your suggestions about curing the
    oven. When should we start, for how long, etc??
    Dianne & Stanley
    PS I've heard that on average it should take about two weeks to cure
    a 36" oven. Is it true?

  • #2
    You can start curing it now. If you have a small quartz heater or one
    of those other small space heaters put it inside the oven set for max
    temp and let it run for a few days. That should get it warmed up.
    Sprinkle the outside of the dome mortar with water everyday for the
    first week to keep it damp. You don't want fast drying to get maximum
    strength. After the first week, you can start with small fires. If you
    make it to the 2 week mark you're more patient than I <grin>.

    The worst thing that will happen if you cook it too fast too soon is a
    few cracks. Those are easily dealt with using a tube of furnace cement
    from the hardware store. (The result is actually stronger - furnace
    cement is rated to 2000F+ - than the plain mortar so it's no great



    • #3
      I think that 1 week should do it. Start with a
      newspaper fire, then get a little larger each
      time -- a little kindling, then a small piece of
      wood, etc. Seven straight fires should have you
      doing some cooking by the 7th day. The oven will
      perform better and better from the 7th though
      10-odd fires.

      The very long two week period you have heard of
      is to cure the very heavy concrete cladding that
      you did not pour around the oven. That is why you
      should be OK with the shorter period.