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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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Firebricks - are 8x4 ok instead of 9x4.5?

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  • Firebricks - are 8x4 ok instead of 9x4.5?

    I've been infected with the wood fired oven virus!
    I'm looking at building a 42" oven,but probably won't start until after New Years 2011. It'll take a couple of months to get it all planned out (yeah - I'm an engineer) and get my wife convinced that the family really needs one.

    I'm just outside Greenville, South Carolina and I'm having problems finding 9x4.5x2.5" fire bricks. The only option available so far are 8x4x2.25." Thinking about the thermal mass, the 1/2 bricks that would be used in each course will result in a wall thickness of 4" rather than 4.5" - about 10% thinner.

    At first thought I don't see it as problem. Am I missing something?

    The other problem with the thinner bricks means I'll need to further adapt the wonderful work and drawings I'm seeing here.

    Thanks, Jeff
    My 42-inch build

  • #2
    Re: Firebricks - are 8x4 ok instead of 9x4.5?

    No problems. The bricks you have found seem VERY close to those that I used. Actual dimensions of mine vary about 1/8" from the 8x4x2.25. Seems no 2 bricks were exactly the same. I used the cut to fit method, so I didn't really incure any more problems than I would have if using 'perfect' bricks.

    One last thought, my bricks came from Carolina Brick....a plant in S. Carolina. May explain why that is all you can find - they may be a major supplier here in the east.



    • #3
      Re: Firebricks - are 8x4 ok instead of 9x4.5?

      I wouldn't worry about it much. A large number of builders coat their finished domes with a thin shell of refractory mortar designed to strengthen the dome and contribute additional mass. I'm sure you could match or exceed the mass of others' 4 1/2"-thick domes this way.


      • #4
        Re: Firebricks - are 8x4 ok instead of 9x4.5?

        "It'll take a couple of months to get it all planned out (yeah - I'm an engineer)"

        Don't do too much planning, it takes the fun out of learning on the fly.