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Old 06-26-2008, 10:28 AM
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I know little to nothing about adobe.
So I am curious.. Can the adobe filled bags hold the weight of an oven.
I would be afraid they would get wet and shift or settle... or shrink.. or something.

Just wondering.

I agree with BaconGrease.
It is going to be a beautiful place to hide from the world!

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Old 06-26-2008, 03:34 PM
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I LIKE IT!!!

This gives new meaning to the term "dirt bag".

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Old 06-26-2008, 04:21 PM
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This gives new meaning to the term "dirt bag".

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Haha Now that's funny!
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Old 06-27-2008, 08:07 AM
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I have been fondly called Dirt Bag Annie, and yes the bags are awesome building material. The mixture inside dries and becomes a 12”W by 5”H by 14”L solid brick. Feed sacks make even bigger, better, thicker walls…..Cheep too, in this case the soil, sand and water came from the site so I only bought the bags at 25 cents a piece. (and of course a minimal amount of other building material.) After constuction the bags are covered with in this case adobe plaster and the a few coats of lime plaster to keep them from breaking down over time.... unprotected 10years, protected.. who knows, the missions are built with adobe.
The oven base is back filled with “farm debris” (Terry is standing on some in the pic, he isn’t really that tall) and will be topped with a slab, then insulation.
Even by reducing the back width of the oven dome brick I may still have to extend the slab out in front about 6 inches. We will give it the same curve as the base. That will hopefully blend in with all the curves around it.
The whole project is a giant canvas, constantly providing me with new areas to be creative in and on.
Thanks for all the ideas and feedback!

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Old 06-29-2008, 05:42 PM
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Wow, that's going to be one awesome space - I'm looking forward to watching your progress! Do you need a special type of soil to use those bags or will any soil do?
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:02 AM
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The soil needs to be a mix of clay and sand. They have all kinds of different formulas for that work. We have mostly clay soil here so we could just use what came out of the trench plus a little more we dug up down the hill. The sand came from our dry creek bed, we have about an acre of that! Our formula was 20% clay soil and 80% sand + water. The first coat of plaster was also just clay and sand with some straw added. I have heard of people using what ever type of soil they have for the bags. It is considered a "sustainable" building method, as little to no wood is used and the only cement is in the foundation. (It takes more energy and money to make cement than it is worth) My next project will be a wine cellar. All underground and round like a kiva, using the soil we dig up, what ever type that may be (probably clay). It never ends!
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:59 AM
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Wow, I'd love to try that, it looks fantastic!


But... I need a bigger garden!!
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:34 PM
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How structurally sound is the pearlite /cement mixture?

We have decided to make an overhang in front of the oven earth bag base. We thought of using cement board to overhang an additional 6-8 inches, making a bender board form on that, then pouring the 4” pearlite /cement mixture slab, reinforced with rebar on to that. Will it support someone using it to pull themselves up? Could I stand (135 lbs) on it to prune the wisteria?
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Old 07-09-2008, 04:34 AM
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The perlite insulation mixtures are generally not a structural layer and we try to minimize the amount of portland in the mix. It can be soft like styrofoam....strong enough (non compressible) to hold up your oven if it's on a solid base, but not a material used by itself for strength.

How big a piece do you need? Can you find a waste piece of countertop or a large sink cutout to do the job?
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Old 07-09-2008, 07:25 AM
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Good to know! We only need to extend the space in front of the oven enough to suport the oven landing...... 6 to 8 more inches! I will check over at the habitat for humanity store for some old counter top or?.
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