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Sequence of build and curing fires - 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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Sequence of build and curing fires

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  • Sequence of build and curing fires

    Hi guys and gals,

    I think after as much reading on this forum as my head can take I still am a little confused. We have the dome built and should finish the chimney insert today. I have decided to add some thermal mass to my dome. My brain tells me that we should add that mass (using the mortar mix in FB instructions) before any curing fires are done.

    That brings up the next question. How far do we build before starting the fires?
    We need to add mass, add blanket insulation, perlite insulation, stucco finish to complete. At what point do I build to then fire cure.

    Thank you. We sure appreciate everyones help.


  • #2
    Re: Sequence of build and curing fires

    More mass is strictly optional. Some people think it adds strength to the dome but I don't really think you need more mass unless you plan on multiple bread bakes.

    It's also somewhat up in the air about when to cure the dome. I think it should be after you insulate but before you do the final coating. The theory is that insulation avoids the big difference between the inside and outside temperature of the dome, and the thermal stress. Also, if you use vermiculite concrete, there is a LOT of water in that that needs to be driven off. That said, a lot of people fire uninsulated domes, you can do it either way. Don't forget to keep it covered and damp for a week before your first fire - concrete needs moisture to cure to full strength.
    My geodesic oven project: part 1, part 2


    • #3
      Re: Sequence of build and curing fires

      I would finish the oven completely except for the final finish and/or roof enclosure.