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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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Fire bricks for Pompei oven

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  • Fire bricks for Pompei oven

    Hi every one, I'm building a pompei oven and I'm at the stage where I'll start working with the fire bricks.

    My uncle learned about my project and suggested that I used some old used fire bricks that he has from an old oil based furnace. I checked them out and they appear to be in good shape and he has enough for at least two ovens. My only concern is their age. They are at least 30 yrs old. Are these too old? What is the longevity of fire bricks?

    The last thing I want is to use them and they start breaking after 5 yrs.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.



  • #2
    Re: Fire bricks for Pompei oven

    Hi Nick,

    Welcome to the forum! Great question.

    We've had several members use old, reclaimed bricks. As long as they appear to be in good shape and free from any cracks I don't think you'll have any problem with them.

    Now, the big question: I'm not real familiar with how oil furnaces work. Are the bricks exposed directly to the oil? As long as the bricks weren't exposed to anything toxic, you should be fine. I'm sure others will jump in here.
    Ken H. - Kentucky
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    • #3
      Re: Fire bricks for Pompei oven

      If they were exposed to the fumes caused by burning oil they might contain carcinogens and other impurities. I'd pass on those, or at least get them tested.