Baling With Jumbo Bales

Baling with jumbo bales, by which I mean the REALLY large bales that require pretty substantial machinery to place, is possible. However, there are multiple considerations that need to be addressed to determine if the extra cost in foundation materials, plaster and roofing materials make it worthwhile. In this Straw Bale Minute, I address each of them.

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6 Responses to Baling With Jumbo Bales

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    Samantha Tue, May 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm #

    Thank you for this post I’m looking at building with 3x3x8′ bales since they are what is available around here. One load will do the whole house and I am starting a farm so will have a tractor capable of doing the bottom 2 of the 3 rows needed to get my ideal ceiling height. Foundation is slab on grade so my only big consideration is roofing. However when weighing hauling in straw from far or having a larger roof it really only makes sense to go with 3 foot walls. Living in a location that often reaches -40 doesn’t hurt either.

  2. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Tue, June 27, 2017 at 8:34 am #

    And you can do some really cool notched-in details in the walls as well! Even eating nooks with lighting and everything!!!

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    Rik Fri, November 24, 2017 at 10:37 am #

    How does one create window and door bucks for a large straw bale wall?

  4. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Mon, January 8, 2018 at 10:26 am #

    Depends on how you want the space to look. In most cases, the window bucks are similar to that of a standard load bearing wall, just deeper. You ay to provide extra strength to the top header though as the weight of the straw above can be very heavy.

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    Murray Sun, June 17, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    Any more info on jumbo bales? My kinda house!!!

  6. Andrew Morrison
    Andrew Morrison Mon, July 2, 2018 at 8:05 am #

    Hi Murray. Not at this time. They are way cool if you have the machinery to move them.

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