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Re: GSBN:Strawbale size

Dear Bob,

If your cut side of these bales resemble a bale stacked on edge I'd say
there would be less infiltration. In fact (our) bales on edge get a
tighter connection then bales layed flat because the cut stems stick
into the bales that are placed above or below. (Our) bales tend to be a
bit proud between the twines and that leaves some space between the
bales. The cut sides don't have this problem and, even though the walls
are slimmer with bales on edge, they are firmer as they lock in. Iin a
post and beam assembly that is. I have not yet tried a loadbearing wall
with bales on edge.


Bob Bolles a ?crit :
Hola Nehemiah Stone stoneandstraw@...,
You wrote on Monday, October 30, 2006 :

I am having a little bit of a hard time imagining the look of these
bales -
as different from the "old fashioned" bales (like we used on our house).
Can you explain why you think there would be more air leakage around the

The cut side of the bales consist of a series of ridges and grooves
each flake is cut off), and thus in these bales, as the bales are
the Bales above rest on the ridges, leaving a series of corrugated
between the Bales that I speculate might allow greater air "flow" than
typically pass through the mass of the Bales. That might even become more
pronounced if two corrugated surfaces were put together.

Sustainable Building Systems, Inc
San Diego/Southern CA

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