When discussing straw bale construction with folks who are new to the concept, we hear some pretty predictable questions.
One of the first things people want to know about is fire danger. While loose straw will burn, baled straw less easily supports flame. That’s because the straw in bales is densely packed. This inhibits oxygen flow needed for fuel combustion. And baled straw covered on all sides with thick plaster is nearly fireproof.
What about bugs? Straw is not like hay, so there is not much nutritional value in it. And once the bales are plastered, there is no avenue for bugs to enter the walls.
He's not called Peter Panther for nothing!
Sometimes, with a little chuckle, people make reference to “the big bad wolf.” Keep in mind that wolves are on the endangered species list, so there are not many of them around anymore. And we’ve yet to hear of huffing and puffing as a cause for the collapse of a straw bale house.