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Straw bale buildings
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Randy    Posted 09-22-2001 at 14:58:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Folks: Does anyone here have experience, or know someone who has, about straw bale buildings, houses? Any opinions? It's interesting to me. Thanks.

Lew    Posted 09-22-2001 at 19:44:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Check your e-mail for a site concerning straw bale houses.

Dennis    Posted 09-22-2001 at 18:01:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Randy,
Send me you e-mail address and I'll send you some interesting links There are strawbale houses that are hundredsof years old and if built correctly a strawbale or haybale house will outlast us all.


Randy    Posted 09-23-2001 at 05:51:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dennis: I tried to send you my E-mail address, but this is my work computer and wouldn't allow it, so can you send links on the forum? Thanks.

Dennis    Posted 09-23-2001 at 09:34:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Randy,
Start with this one.
Good Luck and i'll post more.

dennis    Posted 09-23-2001 at 09:36:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]

IHank    Posted 09-22-2001 at 15:32:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Randy- Straw bale buildings is one of those deals that comes around every so often. Two big problems with 'em-

1. Mice and "critters" love 'em too.

2. They rapidly decompose and must be seen as temporary shelter.

My favorite is packing dirt into old tires to build walls for a building set into a hillside.

Hopefully we'll get many replies to this idea, IHank

Burrhead    Posted 09-22-2001 at 17:24:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
Randy and Bro Hank.

Some bunch out of Austin, Texas has a straw building site but I can't find it.

They take small square straw made with rice or wheat to start with.

Then they roll the bales in a batter of concrete to cover all sides of the bale, then start stacking the walls into place as they batter the bales. They don't have any rodent or fire problems with them battered in quikrete at all.

I don't know how long they will last but they claim some homes are 15 and 20 years old already. I saw the pix and they do look good. It's supposed to have like and R35-R40 insulation value.

Old Warrior    Posted 09-23-2001 at 05:36:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Burrhead, that idea of rolling the bales in concrete just might be the ticket! Our neighbors tried a bale house years ago in Mn, but didn't allow for the mice, moisture etc. So by Christmas, the whole thing stunk, it was 30 below outside and 30 above inside, mice were everywhere and their kids were all sick.

But i might try (a calfbarn with) cement-rolled bales -- see how it handles animal breath.

Burrhead    Posted 09-23-2001 at 09:07:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
10-4. I'll keep looking for the assn site. They are out of Ausin, Texas but I can't remember the name.

For several years they bought all the rice straw these fellers around here could put out.

I have seen a house built like that on their website and it was beautiful.

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