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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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  • Small cracks in vent

    My vent area leaked smoke in 3-4 places on my first outdoor mailbox
    oven. I just let it fully dry out, then covered it with a second
    layer of refractory mortar. Then, as Jeff says, I made sure the whole
    assembly was smoke-tight before I moved on to insulation and my
    finish walls.

    Has anyone ever pointed their infrared thermometer at the vent
    masonry when the oven it hot (I don't have a gun here). If the oven
    floor is 700F +/-, how hot is the vent right about the oven opening?

    James

    >The cracks are no doubt due to expansion and will expand and contract with
    >each firing.
    >As long as they are only hairline, no need to repair. Since they almost
    >disappear when
    >the cladding returns to room temperature. As long as the inside bricks have
    >been properly
    >mortared you shouldn't have any leaks that will be a cause for concern.
    >If you see smoke coming out the cracks, this may actually be water from the
    >concrete or
    >mortar being vaporized because of the heat. This may have added to the cause
    >of the cracks
    >in the first place.
    >Have several more firing before you insulate and close in the dome. Monitor
    >the cracks to see
    >if the continue to grow in width.
    >
    >Jeff
    >
    >We lit our first fire and found a tiny hairline crack on the
    >claddign around the oven. Should I fix it? How, with Concrete or
    >something more flexible?
    >
    >Aesthetic question...
    >The bricks I got have cores in them which is fine for stacking but I
    >am not sure how to finish of the top so that teh holes don't show.
    >On the chimney, I will likely stand the last row on end but what
    >about the front facade that doesn't go as high? Any suggestions?
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