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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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Pompeii Oven in Country SA

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  • Pompeii Oven in Country SA

    After a few year of reading, thinking, dreaming we finally took the plunge and decided to build our back yard oven.

    We started in January and this weekend just passed we had our first pizza. Since late December 2011 the Forno Bravo plans and forum have been a constant companion. Somehow two people who have never laid a brick before have managed to create a very effective outdoor oven, we're still not sure how this has happened!

    The highlights of our experience were
    - Using the indispensable tool to build the arch
    - Support from the Forno Bravo forum
    - Tapping in the key stone
    - Standing on the competed dome
    - Working out how to build the chimney
    - Eating the first pizza

    The frustrations were
    - Sourcing all the materials
    - The time commitment required to build the oven
    - Not knowing if we were doing the correct thing
    - Trying to envisage the design of the chimney

    Apart from the final coat of render, some paint and a bit of joinery we have completed all the essential parts of our oven and we couldn't be more thrilled.

    The essential elements of our oven were
    - 100mm vermiculite insulation base
    - fire bricks on base
    - half Little Hampton pavers on dome
    - 3 inch fire blanket insulation augmented by 50mm of vermiculite on top of dome

    The door is currently two loose fitting pieces of mdf sandwiching domestic insulation.

    After curing the oven we just about reached 300 degrees after a few hours of firing up and cooked pizzas to fill the kids up then used our tagine to cook a mean Morroccan chicken dish, roast some vegetables and bake our first focaccia.

    From that experience we have found that the oven loses half its temperature every 24 hours, even with a dodgy door.

    To all you would-be oven builders we would encourage you to go for it! With the invaluable help of the Forno Bravo plans we had a great time building the oven.

    Alan and Wendy
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    Re: Pompeii Oven in Country SA

    Great job, Alan! I'll bet all the hours tediously building your masterpiece have melted away into hours of fun, cooking and eating with friends and family. You have an oven you can be proud of for years to come.