Re: Straw Bale?
From: Raelin Firestorm (
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 1998 17:16:40 -0600 (MDT)
I found alot of valuable information on other types of construction than 
at the Alternative Building Methods link page of the Joiners Quarterly. . .at  Seems to me there is
something about cob at the Canelo web site.

Catherine Harper wrote:

> On Wed, 29 Apr 1998, Rob Sandelin wrote:
> > The long term viability of straw as a building material is not very clear. I
> > am wary of straw bale enthusiasts because they consistently seem in denial
> > about many of the problems of straw bale, gloss over them as if they were 
> > not
> > real, and go on and on about it.  If you are in a desert climate, It might 
> > be
> > a good idea. If you are in a wet, maritime climate, in my opinion, you would
> > be foolish to mess with straw bales for anything other than an outbuilding.
> Have people in the cohousing community looked into such solutions as cob?
> I've heard mostly talk of strawbale.  Still has disadvantages as well as
> advantages, but seems more generally suited to the maritime climate.
> (I've been thinking of building us a little cob shed back behind our house
> just to check it out...)
>                                 Catherine

Raelin Firestorm
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