Spontaneous Combustion

Concerns about spontaneous combustion do not apply to straw bales. The significant microbial activity within hay bales can result in spontaneous combustion under extreme conditions of humidity, temperature, and storage. Straw bale walls, however, will not create or support spontaneous combustion.

4.2: This single, plastered bale shows how the plaster penetrates into the bale, gripping the straw. The two "columns" of plaster carry most of the loads imposed on the finished walls.

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