[Ansteorra] gulf wars idea

Aurore Gaudin Aurore at hot.rr.com
Thu Feb 7 09:07:18 PST 2002

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I don't mean to rain on the parade for this idea, but another thought is wet hay can go up in smoke just as well as dry hay.  Spontanous combunstion has been known to start in wet hay.  I've seen it happen.  Lampasas River flooded and the barn and winter hay was close enough to go underwater.  Water went down and 3 days later, its on fire.  I won't believe wet hay catching fire if I hadn't seen it for myself.  From my understanding, the wall will only be one bale thick, that alone shouldn't be enough to worry about, but this maybe something to watch out for just in case.  Just two cents worth of thought.  Aurore
  ----- Original Message -----
  From: iainmacc at juno.com
  To: ansteorra at ansteorra.org
  Sent: Thursday, February 07, 2002 10:32 AM
  Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] gulf wars idea

  On Thu, 7 Feb 2002 04:15:40 -0800 (PST) Mahee <mahee_of_acre at yahoo.com>
  > First let me say that I specialize in dumb ideas, so this might very
  > well be one of them.
  > I was watching a show the other saturday about people who build
  > houses
  > our of hay bails. Yes houses. They slap plaster on the outside of
  > the
  > bail when it is done, or other stuff to make it look nice. But...

          I have seen this done. Yard walls made of hay bails covered with
  chicken wire and coated with stucco are fairly common in central New
  Mexico. It works, it's easy and cheap, and it makes a fairly solid wall.
  My only caveat is this:
          Where this is common practice is in a high desert. In a wetter
  climate, I think you might have to worry about the hay wicking moisture
  up from the ground, and then your wall would rot from the inside out.
          Worth checking into, though.

        In Service,

                Iain MacCrimmon
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