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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.
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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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ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

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  • ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"


    I have finally found a local supply, (near Vancouver), of calcium-magnesium cilicate (CMS), insulation, but it comes in full brick dimensions, not a board.

    Any thoughts or experience on performance and handling I should be aware of?

    I have also found some 12"x24" "skagits", that are 2" firebrick tiles for the hearth,... very cool.

    I am now just about to start the 42" build. This will be my 2nd oven. Really looking forward to this and will post pics soon. Thanks to all on this forum for helping with far too many design and building ideas.

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    Re: ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

    The topic of insulating bricks was recently covered here:


    I think the reason most builders go with vermicrete or board (or a combination of both) over insulating brick is the cost.


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      Re: ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

      I used the Insulating Bricks under my Firebrick floor...they are 3" thick and came out of a furnace. I used them because I found them on craigslist cheap ($1 each 3x7x9). They are an industrial insulating product, and they were easy to work with.


      • #4
        Re: ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

        Cal-sil bricks? That's a new on on me. Cal-sil board is considerably more expensive than the mineral fiber types, it may pay to shop around.
        My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


        • #5
          Re: ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

          The cal-sil insulating bricks are widely used by potters in kiln building.


          • #6
            Re: ceramic insulation "bricks"? "Skagits"

            Thanks for the comments.

            The insulating firebricks (IFBs), are cal-sil, the name is Iso-Perlor. Maximum operating temp is 1652F, and crushing strength lb/sq" is 290.

            They cost $3.50 CA each. This has been my best option, other than vermicrete. I used vermicrete for my 1st build, and am looking for better performance for this current project.