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GSBN:Fire Stops


The fire stops you suggest for the tops of both load bearing and non load bearing plastered bale walls are very similar to the detailing building inspectors want to see in this region. They are always pleased to see a generous amount of the ketchup red "fire caulk" filling all the seams of the 5/8" gyproc fire stop material.

Last year a log post and beam bale home in northern British Columbia suffered a roof fire do to the failure of the insulated metal chimney system. 23 roof rafters were destroyed and part of an internal bale wall box beam was damaged so the fire fighters opened the beam to soak the smouldering wood, wetting the bales below.

The owner was not concerned about that one wall but with the extensive wetting of the external walls during the suppression of the roof fire. She borrowed one of my electronic moisture probes to test the external walls. She reported no fire or water damage to the stucco on all the exterior walls and her investigations showed the standard cement lime stucco protected the all the bales tested for water damage.

all the best,


Sustainable Works
Habib John Gonzalez
RR#1, S-4, C-12
Crescent Valley, British Columbia
Canada, V0G-1H0
tel/fax 250-359-5095
"Better the kindness of imperfection than perfection without kindness"

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