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Wofati + Tyres?

 
Tyler August
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Location: Sudbury, Ontario
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So I've been advised that building a house out of buried logs here in the boreal forest is completely and utterly daft-- the wood is, I'm told, certain to rot. Even tamarak, which the local go-to rot-resistant wood. Now, the fellows telling me this had never actually tried building such a structure -- but they'd seen a lot of wood rot between them so I am inclined to take the caution at face value. Respecting my elders and all that.
So we were brainstorming what wouldn't rot, other than stone-- and we remembered Earthships. Is there any reason why not to make an wofati-style earth integrated structure with earth-rammed tyres like an Earthship, aside from killing the W in the acronym?

EDIT: You know, maybe my elders weren't comprehending that the logs would be only in contact with DRY earth. Anyone in the Boreal biome care to advise?
 
Dale Hodgins
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There are plenty of old wooden buildings in your area. They sit on a decent foundation. Log cabins built on the dirt wick water and get shorter over time. There is no shortage of rock around Sudbury, so if you have an aversion to concrete, use rock.
 
William James
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Paul talks on his wofati podcast about the utter joy of making rammed earth tire walls.

There's also a thread here on the forum comparing wofati and earthships. That might be worth reading.

William
 
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