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Reed in Cob-mixture?

 
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Hi Permies,

I'm in the beginning of creating a new Tinyhouse in my Garden. I live in Denmark and Reed is in abundance here. Is it possible to use it in a cob-mixture or as "Straw" Light Clay?
I'm over thrilled about this Forum and looking forward to dive in :)

Best wishes Tamara
 
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Hello Tamara, welcome to permies. Reeds would work well as a straw substitute for cob but you will need quite a bit of it. I would recommend cutting it early to make sure it has time to dry fully before you use it. Best advice is to make a starter batch with the materials you are thinking of using and make a few test bricks to test out strength. Good luck!
 
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Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I'm new to this whole thing, but the dreams of creating my own cob-house started almost 10 years ago. Now I'm owning a small land with an old building that I can start playing around with :) What a beautiful house you guys have built!
 
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I was wondering if raffia grass would work for base coat in cob for a rocket mass heater. All the straw around here is chopped 6" or less, mainly less for use in a spreader.
 
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Chopped straw is actually ideal for cob; long lengths of straw make the cob very difficult to mix and handle. Especially for an RMH which does not need to support great heights, use the chopped straw and have fun!
 
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Thank you Glenn Herbert, I will proceed as planned thanks
 
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