Thoughts on Hay & Straw
- Greetings and Happy New Year!
If people using straw bales as camp furniture vexes you then the best
thing is to do away with them completely.
At a few 18th c. events I helped with, we bought the large rolls of
hay. We located them among the camps with the roll turned on its side
and a pole shoved down into the middle of it. We then unwound the
outer (dirtier) layers and threw them on top. This gave it the
appearance of a hay stack rather than some modern baled form. The
loose hay on top made a roof to keep the rest dry in the rain. We paid
$50 per roll of hay and it served at least 50 people. The main concern
is that you get fresh dry rolls instead of moldy rotting ones.
The advantage of hay in the historical sense is that it is cut more
often than wheat (straw) and might be more appropriate for
Spring/Summer events than straw.
- --- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Larry Lozon" <lalozon@n...> wrote:
> From: Tom Apple <tuckahoe@p...>I'm in Suffolk, Virginia. Sometimes you can get hay rolls for as low
> We paid $50 per roll of hay and it served at least 50 people.
> Where are you? As if you are in the USA, that would be
> 50 US Dollars = 78.935 Canadian Dollars
> Per: http://www.oanda.com/convert/classic
as $40 US if you shop around and it's been a good harvest. We went
with hay that had been rolled the day prior to pick up. Nice, sweet,
Surry County hay. Drive around in a beat up pick-up truck with two
rolls of hay in the back and every local will wave at you. Instant
- The only problem with using hay, authenticity aside, is that it is usually a major source of allergens. While a multitude of people are allergic to hay, few, if any are allergic to straw. Especially if is clean, as in without dust.
Obviously the cost here is a major issue also, in Missouri 80-100# square bales of firstname.lastname@example.org. The same bale of hay will you run you @4.00usd. Also, you can sleep directly on straw in relative comfort, if you try that with hay you will wake up in an itching frenzy... just my unprofessional thoughts.
E Matthews, SGT.
XIV Light Dragoons
On picket away from the center of the universe.