Bale Heights

Bale heights are an important consideration at the planning stage, especially for post and beam structures. Nothing is more frustrating than stacking bales into a frame that is just a little bit taller or shorter than an even number of courses of bales! Set your post heights based on the actual dimensions of the bales you will be using. It is best to make the finished height one to four inches shorter than the stack of bales, since they will do some settling on their own and are easier to work with if placed tightly into the frame, not loosely.

Bale heights can also be taken into account when you are designing window and door openings. Rough bucks or windows that correspond to bale heights will help solve annoying stacking difficulties, especially if you decide to use floating bucks.

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