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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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3) Enter Photo Gallery Title in the first field
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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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Help with planning/designing my oven??

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  • Help with planning/designing my oven??

    I've spent several days trawling for information on these forums.. definitely a lot of info here! I'm still after some advice on planning for my oven though. The main limiting factors for me are time and availability of materials. I want to build an oven at my parents place in Turkey; I'll be staying out with them for about 6 weeks (I'm between jobs, don't ask!) and I was hoping to get something built and have at least one pizza before I leave! Is this possible do you think?

    From what I've read here, the average project seems to take a long time from start to pizza.. well longer than 6 weeks anyway.

    In my favor:

    1) Lots of hours to work on it; I can work on it all-day everyday if I want
    2) A reasonable amount of bricklaying/block-laying/mortaring experience
    3) A flat concrete pad at a good height to build off, I don't need to build any kind of platform for the oven
    4) Dry sunny weather

    Against me:

    1) Time.. as I say 6 weeks
    2) Availability of materials.

    I'm really not sure what I'll be able to get hold of in Turkey. I can't say until I look but I'm pretty sure refractory mortar and ceramic blankets are out! Not sure about vermiculite/perlite.. it's possible I can get hold of it. This is what I can get hold of that I know:

    Clay bricks, not a problem
    Thick terracotta floor tiles.. I was thinking these could be good for a hearth??
    Terracotta of all types is easily available
    Cement and sand, of course
    Straw and natural materials etc (possible insulation??)
    Firebricks (maybe..)
    Plenty of free stone, which is the traditional building material in the area
    Clay for cob/adobe.. possibly but I don't know about that yet..

    What do you think is my best bet with these considerations?? I'm not looking to build the most highly engineered, long lasting, pretty oven.. just something simple that works. Any ideas on designs? At first I was thinking cob if I can find clay as it looks to be quicker than waiting for concrete and mortar to cure, but it takes a lot longer to build...
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