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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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High Heat Mortar Discovery

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  • High Heat Mortar Discovery

    Over the course of building my WFO I have found the sand grain size makes a big difference in workability of the mortar. Using the recipe in the oven plans I started with regular sand and found it hard to get good tight joints. I started sifting the sand and have found I can produce a much smoother mortar, less grainy with a longer working time and able to seal thin joints and best of all....it is stickier so I have been able to lay higher chains without a form or tool.

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    I am entirely to your way of thinking. I noticed the heatstop 50 has very fine sand and the homebrew I made did not seat as well like you say. Nice observation.


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      Using lime mortar is also a better mix for using in a WFO. I havent used clay so I can't comment, but definately using standard portland cement is a no no. It dries quickly and is not a recommended material for use in high temperature conditions. When I went to bricklaying school in Australia, we were told to only use lime mortar for areas in fireplaces and chimneys. That would also apply to WFO's.


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        I used Silica sand #4 (type used for sand blasting). It is clean, fine and uniform in size and it makes fantastic high heat mortarwhen combined with cement and fireclay. A 50# bag in Saskatoon, SK., Canada is $6.00 and I used 4 bags for my 42" oven


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          I agree with Tenne!

          The fine white sand at the lumber yard here ( nebraska) is about 4.50/bag and make the best mortar.
          This may not be my last wood oven...