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    I saw this in the IAFC newsletter... building materials made from agricultural waste made up of wheat and rice straw... here is the website if you are interested.

    http://www.readycorporation.com/

    Does anyone have any experience with this new type of construction? It is supposedly fire resistant.
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    It has been around and used for along time

    The picture on the home page with FEMA under the picture is actualy at NFA and has been there for several years


    Another web site.

    http://www.solarhaven.org/NewStrawbale.htm


    http://simpleconstruct.net/

    As far as if it will burn yes it will but i think the idea is that it is a thick wall so compare to a 2x4 vs wood shavings, trying to get each to light

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyChiefGonzo View Post
    I saw this in the IAFC newsletter... building materials made from agricultural waste made up of wheat and rice straw... here is the website if you are interested.

    http://www.readycorporation.com/

    Does anyone have any experience with this new type of construction? It is supposedly fire resistant.
    Ya you can put retardant on it. Ever watch a Hay barn burn? Nuff said. T.c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Ya you can put retardant on it. Ever watch a Hay barn burn? Nuff said. T.c.
    I've seen bales of straw at the fire academy catch fire during burn day evolutions... all because of that damned German arsonist....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fire49 View Post
    It has been around and used for along time

    The picture on the home page with FEMA under the picture is actualy at NFA and has been there for several years


    Another web site.

    http://www.solarhaven.org/NewStrawbale.htm


    http://simpleconstruct.net/

    As far as if it will burn yes it will but i think the idea is that it is a thick wall so compare to a 2x4 vs wood shavings, trying to get each to light
    If what Gonzo posted is what I think it is, it's a bit different than the style you posted with the bales of straw and clay over the top of it.

    This is a product that consists of finally shredded and processed fibers that are compacted and glued into a dense sheet, somewhat like the fiber sheets that are on the walls of many a burn building/trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Ya you can put retardant on it. Ever watch a Hay barn burn? Nuff said. T.c.
    The surface to area ratio in compressed fibre board prevents it from burning the same way a hay barn burns. Same reason a log won't ignite the same way a pile of wood shavings will.

    Fill the house with hay, however, and we have a helluva barn burner.

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