How to Build a Straw Bale House : How to Set the Straw Bales to Construct a Straw Bale House

Right now we’re going to actually set the
bales, we’re going to actually lift the bales up. And you want to try to not stress
the wires and whatever any more than you have to. In order to set the bale on the very bottom,
you’re going to have to lift it, then pinch it. We’re going to want to set it straight
on top so that- it’s real important that if you have to pull it up and set it a couple
of times, then do it because this is where your walls going to be once you set it; and
you just let the rebar protrude through. I thought this would stick up a little more
than that. You usually want them to stick up at least about four or five inches. That’s
about enough. Today for the demo, I’m just going to give you an idea of how to get this
done. Now, you saw how jiggly and wiggly and loose the bale was when it’s over here,
and look how firm it already is. It’s already sitting solid and this block’s not attached
to a solid foundation or anything. So you can see, and this is not a very well baled
bale, but you can still use it if you wanted to. Especially if you have a post and beam
structure and you’re just using it as infill, it wouldn’t really matter a whole lot on
the tightness of the bale, although it’s always optimum to have it tight just to keep
things out. So you can already see how much this is already firmed up here and it’s
more solid. And you’re going to kind of check it out and look and see if it looks
fairly straight- it’s pretty good, and I could lift it up and move it if I wanted to,
but I think we’re going to leave it here right now for this purpose, just so we can
get enough time to show you what to do with these things. Now we’re going to set the
other bale on real quick. And what’s really great about the straw is if you want to have
some bends in your wall, you can pull and shape the bale and stucco it or plaster it
the way you want. So that’s part of the beauty that I love of straw bale- it’s real
versatile that way. But right now we want to straighten it up so the wall will look
straight. And we’re going to stake it with a piece of rebar. And really, what you’re
going to do- normally you stack these more like bricks, where you’re going to stack
another bale here and you’re going to have half of a bale on this one and half on here.
But for today’s sake, I’m just going to show you two bales together and what we’re
going to do with them.

20 thoughts on “How to Build a Straw Bale House : How to Set the Straw Bales to Construct a Straw Bale House

  1. Are you aware that the Author of Serious Straw Bale, suggests NOT using any metal around or on the bales? I'm curious as to why you choose to use metal on the bale surfaces? Who's right?

  2. They simply imbed and often spray, the mud directly into the straw. They have a youtube video you can see, it's called Serious Straw House. I personally have no experience, must looking into everyone's techniques and liked the idea of not having extra metal in the structure.

  3. Paul Lacinski, co-author of Serious Straw Bale is available for your questions. You could save a step by going directly to him rather than this chicken rancher ("> But, metal expands at a rate much different than lime plaster, straw is not demonstrating this dynamic at all. Regarding the environment, metal must be removed from the plaster when recycling, the mud mix simply breaks down on it's own when recycled. Again, I'm not the expert, but Serious Straw Bale methods appeal to me.

  4. definately in UK DO NOT use any metal in bales – causes condensation and rot. Have a look at some builds i worked on at u-tube. These bales are too soft – and never ever pick a bale up with its strings.

  5. if sparying on with a gas powered machine facilitates getting it done, it would end up a saving. Poeple transporting to and from over time during construction would be offset. Seems to me an appropriate fossil fuel burning.

  6. "never seen metal expand that much its gonna affect a straw bale lol "

    It's not expansion, it's condensation. Can't you read?

    Water condenses on the re-bar, which creates a wet spot in the bale where rot can take place.


  7. yes, my grandma and grandpa at the country side has straw bales witch they feed cattle and goats!

    I know their allot firm when put one on another, but not so firm to support o concrete deck that weighs atleast 20tons!

    And it has to be a high quality straw bale, with golden straw and a good machine that makes them,

    i mean not all of the bales have to be perfect quality if it ends up in animal tummys!

  8. ( . Y . )

    I love it at 1:43 when she says …

    "..just so we can get enough time to show you what to do with these things."

    They are nice and I think I already know what to do with them, but show me baby, show me.

  9. @10mac10s ..besides the breast how do you think she got on expert village .she aint no expert she don't even know what she's doing .

  10. If the metal rods create condensation that accelerates the decay of both the bail and the rod can you use fiberglass, bambo or other items to replace the rebar?

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