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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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Refractory Bricks

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  • Refractory Bricks

    I am ready to start the dome construction, but I am feeling a little uneasy about my refractory bricks. I bought them many years ago from a demolition of a glass blowing kiln. I have no idea how to determine if they are appropriate for an oven. They were manufactured Royal Gorge--I can't find any info about the company. Due to budget constraints I am hoping they are OK. Any thoughts? Also, what is the estimated amount of bricks for a tuscan style 36" oven?

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  • #2
    Re: Refractory Bricks

    Hi Marty,

    How much do they weigh and how large are they. A typical medium duty firebrick weighs about 8 lbs, so if your weight and size are consistent, you probably have the right density.

    I think it would be hard to tell the duty rating on the bricks -- which depends on the composition, but really, you will be fine regardless. Medium duty is optimal, but even high duty bricks are OK. They get really hot and cool down a little faster, but your oven would still be fine.

    You need about 180 bricks for the floor, dome and vent.
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    • #3
      Re: Refractory Bricks

      Would there be a concern if they were used in a glass kiln? I don't know if brick can absorb the lead or not. Just a thought.

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      • #4
        Re: Refractory Bricks

        I hadn't thought about the lead. I should probably look into that. The bricks are standard size 9 x 4.5 x 2.5 and weigh 7.5 lbs.


        • #5
          Re: Refractory Bricks

          I will think about who to ask about glass and lead and get back to you. Otherwise, your bricks are looking good.
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          • #6
            Re: Refractory Bricks

            I sent for a lead test kit from Lead Check. LeadCheck Swabs Industrial. I contacted several testing labs and they all expressed concern because lead becomes volatile at the oven temperatures. They also thought I should test the clay I will be using for mortar. Hopefully the tests will be negative and I can get on with this project.