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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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Using the oven in the rain

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  • Using the oven in the rain

    Hi James---Is their anything different we need to do when using the oven once it starts raining? Do we need to slowly heat the oven up, or would we just do it as we normally would? THANKS---Mel

  • #2
    i've been dealing with my oven getting rained on while finishing up the exterior for a few weeks now. ideally, it should have protection against the rain, either in the form of a roofed structure or a fished coat over the igloo. in my climate, this simply wouldn't work, without water at least soaking the entranceway floor bricks, due to the fact that it rains 9 months out of the year.

    i started firing it up the few times it was in drizzle without a covering, to try and evaporate the moisture as it landed on it. it worked to a degree, but the result of everything already being wet was a cool fire, and i think this would be the case until it is completely dry again.

    i could be wrong, but i don't believe there is the same concern with cracking, as there is when it is first curing. the materials have all cured, they will have just drawn moisture again.
    overdo it or don't do it at all!


    • #3
      It's raining here too

      Hi Mel,

      We are firing our outdoor Casa today for some visitors right now -- though it was fired yesterday, so it's easy to get it back to full heat. You might want to start the fire a little slower and allow for a little more heat up time to give the oven time to get the damp out of the oven. It might take a little more wood to get it where you want it. But it shouldn't be a big deal. If you haven't cooked for a long time and it's really been wet, you will need to give your oven more time to heat up, and might run a moderate fire the day before you really want to use it.

      This is your first winter, so you might want to check that your stucco is sheating water, and not absorbing it. If you ever get water in the oven (perhaps through leaky stucco or through the front door in a rain storm, you should take care to bring the oven to heat slowly, or even over multiple days, depending on how set it is.

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      • #4
        Thanks Paul and James---We did use a waterproof stucco for the final coat, and it looks like it did not absorb any moisture. I'm going to use the oven on Friday and will just heat it up slower. THANKS---Mel