I work in a bag plant but the bags are paper. For example a dog food bag. Can you use paper or is it better to use the poly bags. I dont know how i would close up the ends. Would the cob still stick to them?
Doesn't strike me as a terribly grand idea; I'd expect the paper to cope poorly with the combination of moisture and compression. Furthermore, the material you are filling with is likely to be heavier than the expected contents; a 50LB feed bag might weigh more like 100LBs when filled all the way with heavier earth mixtures.
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I've seen some Youtube videos where they use both the smaller bags that might hold a couple cubic feet, as well as the continuous tube, and you can either leave enough material at the end to twist it and tuck under the bag you place, or you use a wire to crudely "stitch" the end closed and it's pressed against another bag or surface to hold it in shape for tamping. It would seem you could get more per bag using the stitch option, and the wire isn't real thick or fancy. Maybe some twist ties, when you get the barbed wire to lay between bags?
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posted 2 years ago
The continuous bag design seems the most stable. I also saw a custom attachment to a Bobcat that can mechanically fill the bags for you. Sounds like a good deal to me!
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