[Strawbale] quick and efficient ?

Andrew Morrison Andrew at StrawBale.com
Wed Jul 18 23:27:25 CEST 2012

I have seen bales last over winter with no worries if stacked and covered
properly, even in the Pacific Northwest of the US which is very wet. Be
sure to stack as previously suggested AND add a couple layers of plastic
under the top and over the top of the stack. This is a back up to the tarp
which WILL fail in at least a couple places. If you live in a windy area,
you'll need to secure the tarp all the way to the ground or wrap it tight
to the stack of bales. It's always better to leave the sides of the bales
open to the air to breathe and dry out if you can, but not at risk of
losing the tarp from the top of the stack. Finally, stack the bottom course
of bales on their sides (tight to each other to make them more stable).
This removes the strings from the ground which very often get nibbled on by
mice if placed towards the pallets.


On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Dave Howorth <dave at howorth.org.uk> wrote:

> On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 20:59 +0200, Tomáš Znamenáček wrote:
> > Do you have practical experience with the tarp? My experience with tarp
> >  says it won’t last the whole winter, or it’s going to be a lottery. An
> >  unused barn is a win, but I guess that’s obvious and Martin doesn’t
> >  have an access to one.
> Only that I see them used by farmers in the fields. In this country it
> was traditional to thatch stacks. I guess it depends on the quality of
> the tarp and the care with which it's tied down and watched. Any shelter
> is good, of course.
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