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Ataching the straw bales to a vertical surface?

 
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Hi everybody.

Well, i'm straying out of the rocket stove forum! Whoohoo!

I've drawn the structure for my future workshop and home.

http://www.forestryforum.com/board/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=67876.0;attach=5061

I have a question,. I would like to do an infill of straw bales in between the posts on the two storeys. I'm imagining to use OSB or fermacell on the inside of the workshop and wood panneling inside the house part. (bottom is the workshop, top is the house, the other bit is for the sawmill and all open)

How one would atach the straw bales to a vertical pannel, to avoid it falling? Drill holes and atach every single one with steel wire? Not my cup of tea i'd say. Use chicket coop wire to hold the whole wall of bales together?

Thanks for your help.

Max.
 
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In the structures I have built built the courses of bales are pinned and create a pretty solid wall. I would think the stacking and pinning would create a much stronger wall.
 
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Lots of ways to do this.

Set lower bale in place.
Drive a stake into it.
Set upper bale onto stake.

Drive a (short) screw into the wall, using it to secure a piece of wire/rope/string.
Set bale in place.
Wrap wire/rope/string around bale.
Secure other end to wall just above this bale.

Set a row of bales in place.
Secure with wire/rope/string horizontally.

Some combination of all of the above and other methods as they are available.

 
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here's a good start for you,

hth, Karl
 
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Thanks a lot guys. Many ways i didn't think of.
 
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