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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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Picton Pizzaria is back

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  • Picton Pizzaria is back

    Hi everyone,
    I've been offline in recent months and fell out of touch but I'm back again with an almost finished and fully working oven. My wife got a bit tired of my work commitments and lack of free time and bought a modular oven from Vesuvio. It's from Italy and looks a lot like the modular ovens in the Forno Bravo shop.

    I had an interesting chat with a refractory supplier who said they were now advising people to use 3 layers of thermal blanket and then a coat of render rather than 2 layers of blanket, layer of vermiculite cement and then render.

    I stuck with manufacturer's recommendations and used the second method but it made me wonder if there was any trade-off with thermal mass as opposed to just using the insulation.

    I also used two panels of Hebel concrete (1200x600x100) to sit the dome on and then put vermiculite-refractory cement around it to square it off with the concrete base.

    It's worked a treat and I haven't had any problems getting the oven quickly up to heat and retaining it. And you can put your hand on the outside of the dome and can't feel any temperature change.

    I have had problems with cracks around the chimney which have been worsened by some really strong winds that pushed the chimney and forced some of the cracks to chip off ( see picture). Before I finish the outside with tiles does anyone have any recommendations about what I should do about them or should I just ignore them?


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    Re: Picton Pizzaria is back

    Is that plain metal stovepipe? you may be looking at thermal expansion problems.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


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      Re: Picton Pizzaria is back

      Stainless steel according to the supplier. The cracks were there before the wind but just cosmetic so I'm thinking external forces rather than heat. I've been surprised by the lack of heat on the external walls despite internal readings over 1000F.

      Despite the appearance should I think about guide wires to hold the chimney in place or just shorten it and trust the draw will be enough to take up the smoke?