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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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Dome Installation Video - Casa / Premio / Modena


For many of you who bought a modular oven, you may have asked how we put the domes together when we build them. For those of you considering one of our ovens, we shot a video to make your install easier.

Check it out on our You Tube Channel.


If the link doesn't work, simply go to You Tube and type Forno Bravo Channel. The video title is How to Set your Forno Bravo Oven Dome Pieces.

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Mortar Question

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  • Mortar Question

    I'm getting ready to build the oven opening, vent and decorative arch. Do I need to use the high refractory mortar for all parts (opening, vent & arch)? I was thinking I could use standard mortar for the decorative arch as it shouldn't get exposed to that much heat. I would appreciate any advice.

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    Re: Mortar Question

    I used refractory mortar on the entry arch and regular mortar on the facade at the very front. My entry arch heats to 350-400 F at the top and less on the sides (we have a heat brake between the entry arch and inner arch).
    Lee B.
    DFW area, Texas, USA

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      Re: Mortar Question

      I also have a heat break between my decorative arch and the entry.you can hold your hand against the decorative arch, so normal mortar is ok.without an insulating gap I'm Not sure how hot it would get, but you could use 50% Portland, 50% lime in the mix to give you a more heatproof mortar.
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