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Anybody has done dry stone building?

 
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I mean, anybody is able to do one. But did someone built one to live in? This is well ecological imho.

Easy to build, ok, slow, time consuming. And not insulated. But with a rocket running through the walls this should not be a problem

Here's what we get in france.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fichier:Buron_refuge_de_la_Fumade_Vieille.jpg

http://www.pierreseche.com/sommaire_lexiques.html
 
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C'est magnifique !

Yes you can insulate it from inside can't you?

I will have a look around as all houses are made with stones...
For sure all the old walls for cultivating terrasses are made with dry stone.
 
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ok, these are really cool looking lol
what about building with dry stacked stone underground?
a stone/wofati hybrid for places with plenty of stone but not so much wood?
 
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Underground, i wonder if you wouldn't have probs with infiltrations. (if that's teh proper word)

I wonder if it could be done like a double shell of stones, and insulation in between. Or dry stacked stones and a kind of insulation on the inside, covered with cob, or any other lime finish.
 
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Don't dry stack if you have earthquakes !

Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde dwellers used a double wall construction, with broken rock thrown in between for dead air spaces.

Burying would be the best way. Plastic supposed to be out for more than 20ft. anyway.

The Paradise trees here blow in and root in loose dry stack. Tear entire walls apart.

The stone house i was in was cold as heck, and warmed up too much to cool down in the summer nights too.

Insulate inside and out. even if you want the stone look, i would put foam , then fascia it.

This is where the "room temperature red wine" thing came from. Was always 45 or 55 in those castles...

 
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