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Hearth construction question - Forno Bravo Forum: The Wood-Fired Oven Community



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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Hearth construction question

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  • Hearth construction question

    Building a 38" pompeii. Base is built. Using one layer of high-duty bricks for insulation layer. It was suggested to me to put a piece of hardibacker down on top of the insulation bricks and then build the oven on top of the hardibacker. Please let me know your thoughts. Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Re: Hearth construction question

    You might want to read up a little bit more before you start your build. Any type of bricks are not used for insulation (they create more thermal mass). If you don't use an insulation layer under your oven it will take forever to heat up and keep hot. Use the insulating board or make a layer with vermiculite/pearlite.
    -I don't think hardibacker board is rated to get that hot (it might fall apart).

    Good luck


    • #3
      Re: Hearth construction question

      Originally posted by davidwilcox123 View Post
      It was suggested to me to put a piece of hardibacker down on top of the insulation bricks and then build the oven on top of the hardibacker.
      I'm curious, who is this person? It defies everything we have learned, and built upon, from this site. You can download the plans from the FB store (free). And as Mike has suggested, read up a little more.
      Check out my pictures here:

      If at first you don't succeed... Skydiving isn't for you.


      • #4
        Re: Hearth construction question

        You may be confusing High-Duty Bricks for insulating firebricks. Just know that insulating firebricks (IFB) have the same r-value as vermicrete and while wonderfully uniform in construction and able to withstand compression, need to be at least 4" thick under an oven floor to be effective. IFB works ideally coupled with a layer of ceramic board.


        • #5
          Re: Hearth construction question

          Les: loved your answer. Thanks.....

          You're right. Needed some more information and an explanation. Thanks for the input. Simple step, now understood.

          Less thermal mass!