[Sca-cooks] pennsci hay
Jadwiga Zajaczkowa / Jenne Heise
jenne at fiedlerfamily.net
Tue Aug 1 11:30:31 PDT 2006
Tara is certainly right; I was speaking from my personal perspective as
a farmer's daughter, and the fact that you don't have to worry about
straw bales the same way you do about hay.
> > Yes, similar concerns apply, though wet straw is nowhere near as likely
> >to reach combustion temperature internally, since it is more completely
> >dry. There will be fewer weed seeds since most straw comes from cereal
> >crops that are intensively farmed and often treated with selective
> >herbicide. However, that does not stop there from being weed seeds.
> (Call this a disclaimer, or call it a plug ;) but, my husband and I are
> in the process of starting a business building straw bale houses...)
> A straw bale is highly unlikely to ever reach combustion temperature at
> Pennsic. The reason why this can be a concern inside a wall is that the
> enclosed wall will contain the heat, and there are many straw bales
> stacked together which would be equally damp and fermenting all
> together, allowing it to reach a much greater temperature than would
> happen within a single wet strawbale that's dissipating it's heat to the
> atmosphere. Plus, it takes some time to initiate fermentation within
> that bale - not very likely to happen within the two week span of Pennsic.
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