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How long will a straw bale house last?

Last Updated: 21st April, 2020

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100 years

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Similarly one may ask, do straw bale houses rot?

If your home is properly built to reduce air pockets andhumidity, the straw will not decompose. Rice straw isa particularly decay-resistant building material. Fact: Ifstraw is properly plastered and protected from precipitationwith a large roof overhang, it will not stink.

are straw bale houses cheaper to build? Although straw is cheaper than buildingmaterials, such as brick or lumber, constructing a strawbale home will usually cost the same as a conventional homebecause the wall budget is only about 10 percent to 15 percent ofthe total building budget [source: Magwood, Mack,Therrien].

Besides, does straw go bad?

The good news: straw bales are available at oneof the community gardens. The bad news: the strawbales cost $10 and have not been stored well, so they are mostlyspoiled.

Is Straw a good insulator?

Straw and Hay makes a great insulatorbecause it is full of air pockets, air being a great thermalbreak that does not allow heat to be transferred to sensitive areaslike inside barns where animals are living.

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Boucif Potluri

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What is the cost of a bale of straw?

Bales cost as much as $9 apiece here. Thecheapest are 4 and that's if you buy a bunch and you know the guy.A few places here are either out of straw all together orthey are charging 11 dollars and change for abale.

Judson Baitchikoff

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Does Straw attract mice?

Dry straw would provide a lovely home for amouse or nest for a snake, but once the straw issaturated with water and begins to break down and heat up insidethe bales, the bale is not at all hospitable to a mouse orsnake.

Brandy Layb

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Do termites eat hay?

Termites DO eat straw and hay, but only ifit's moist.

Suleiman Escoto

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What is the R value of straw bale walls?

The reported R-value of straw bale wallsvaries from R 2.38 per inch to R 0.94 perinch.

Darlene Iturrigaiz

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Which is better for insulation straw or hay?

Straw, the dry leftover stalks from harvestedcrops, repels moisture, making it the best bedding for outdoor catshelters. The easiest way to tell the difference betweenstraw and hay is the price: hay generallycosts two or three times more than straw. Straw istough, thick, lightweight, and yellow or golden.

Eudaldo Gujavin

Explainer

Can straw spontaneously combust?

Usually, we think of water and moisture as a way to puta fire out, but the opposite is true with hay and straw,which when too wet can heat and spontaneouslycombust. It is normal for hay to go through a“sweat” in the first few days afterbaling.

Nacer Kerherve

Pundit

Do you need planning permission for a cob house?

Cob houses can be built in any style youwant. Garden studios usually don't need any planningpermission, unless you live in a conservation area.Different areas have different regulations though.

Yenay Artano

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What is Straw made of?

Straw is an agricultural byproduct consisting ofthe dry stalks of cereal plants after the grain and chaff have beenremoved. It makes up about half of the yield of cereal crops suchas barley, oats, rice, rye and wheat.

Claribel Avanzi

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What can you do with old wet hay?

How to Get Rid of Wet Hay Bales
  1. Cut the wires or twine holding the hay in its bale form. Use apair of wire cutters to cut wire and a pocket knife to cuttwine.
  2. Break the bale up into manageable pieces or flakes.
  3. Load any wet hay left over into a wheelbarrow and haul it to anarea in your yard that you can designate as a compost area.

Syra Rahletsky

Pundit

Can I use old straw for mulch?

Straw is one of the best mulch materialsyou can use around your vegetable plants.

Nosa Juzefovich

Pundit

Can you reuse straw bales?

You can reuse straw bales for up to two yearsdepending on how it decomposed over the first year. If plantingtaller vegetables you may want to create a staking systemimmediately after planting. You can also plant on the sidesof the bale.

Roudaina Yadavalli

Teacher

Can I use old hay for bedding?

You might be tempted to use old hay for bedding.Horses will eat even spoiled hay that may give offmold dust that can result in lung damage. Hay is alsomore expensive than straw or other beddings. Hay for beddingis not a good idea.

I?Igo Mitxelena

Teacher

Can round bales get wet?

Although the outer edges of the stack will getwet, their internals should remain relatively dry, unless therain is gentle and persistent. Round bales, if tightly baledand netwrapped, will shed much of the rain.

Gora Wachtmeester

Teacher

How long can I store hay?

You can store hay indefinitely if the stack ismanaged correctly; although, in humid climates, using haywithin three years of harvest is ideal. Hay growers need tobale it at correct moisture levels because if it's baled too dampthe hay will generate heat, which leads tomolding.

Enrico Peperhove

Teacher

Does hay lose its nutritional value?

However, most of the dry matter and nutrient losses fromhay in storage occur within the first month or two. Ofcourse, hay kept in storage for a long time will loseits field-fresh smell, but that will not affect itsprotein or energy nutritional value.

Ismaela Pochivalov

Reviewer

Can horses eat old hay?

Feeding Old Hay to Horses. If thehay was of good-quality when harvested and stored in a dryplace with sufficient airflow, hay is likely suitable forconsumption for two to three years. Keep in mind that hay,even premium forage, loses much of its vitamin content in the firstfew months of storage.

Sharai Rocha

Reviewer

How do you dry a straw?

Straw is usually baled right after the grain hasbeen harvested, or the next day after the dew has dried fromthe night before, or with a slight moisture content, depending onhow dry the straw is. If you bale it too soon, yourun the risk of pulverizing the straw in thebaler.

Mickie Rochette

Reviewer

Do you need planning permission for a straw bale house?

Planning permission may not be required ifyou're using natural building methods for a gardenshed. But if you plan to live in your green building,it will need to conform to building regulations.Before you attempt to build using straw bale, read asmuch as you can.

Ivonne Cearbhall

Reviewer

How big is a bale of hay?

Basic straw-bales are produced on farmsand referred to as "field-bales". These come in a range ofsizes, from small "two-string" ones 18 in (460 mm) wide, byeither 14 or 16 in (350 to 400 mm) high, and 32 to 48 in (0.8 to1.2 m) long, to three-string "commercial bales" 21 in wide,by 16 in high, by 3 to 4 ft long.