A D.I.Y. baling machine or press, (and a bamboo bale house?)
- I posted this on the Straw Bale Building Facebook page, but thought I should repost it here: Some of you might want to save the how-to pdf for the D.I.Y. baling 'machine' or press.
The link at the end of this post is for a page about a homemade baling
machine used in baling pine needles. Pine straw is probably not very
useful in straw bale construction, except possibly as infill, but this
D.I.Y box could be adapted for use in pre-compressing and re-tie straw
bales so they'll fit in smaller openings (lengthwise).
Could be. Haven't tried it yet...
One could also make their own straw bales, but that seems like it would
be more fiddley work than most of us are prepared to undertake these
Okay, okay- more than I'm currently prepared to do.
On the other hand, if it takes only 10 nice days to make enough bales,
that could be like paying oneself up to $150- $175 a day.... (bales here
can run $7 each...)
However, it does open up the possibility
of including some dried willow twigs/ bamboo sections in the bale with
the straw, so the twig reaches from the inside to outside of the wall.
That might have some added structural value in some situations, but
that's a guess on my part without actual testing.
might be possible for some folks in the right locations to make willow
twig or bamboo bales. That would be worth trying, I'm sure. [ Any
comments aye or nay on that? ]
How cool would a bamboo bale building be? :-)
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