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[Cob] Re: linseed oil on outdoor cobBarbara Roemer and Glenn Miller roemiller at infostations.net
Thu Sep 16 08:15:48 PDT 2004
Kathy sez: Perhaps I can persuade my library to get in a copy of the Steens book. For Kathy and anyone else who's interested, the Steens' new floor book won't be out before spring, minimum, and while they still sell the original one, some of the info is outdated. Worth waiting for the new one if you can. Kathy, if you have little rainfall, your bench might be fine outside depending on your expectations of it. The Steens live outside Elgin, AZ, on a plateau, with an almost year-round creek, so it's not desert, but has about 11 inches of rain July-October, with ~7" in July and August. From Nov.-Mar they get another 3-4 inches (11" or less in the growing season is considered desert, if I remember). The quantity at any one time is probably important. The wonderful bench in their entry garden is still there, and is weathering beautifully: looks almost like a ruin, but not quite. Our cob oven, on the other hand, was left open in a couple of storms, and while it only eroded ~ 1/4" (and is unplastered), it has cracks all the way through its 4-6" surface in a few places and needs repair. Still bakes pizza fine, but loses a lot of heat so doesn't get up to the 700 degrees it used to where it would hold heat for 24 hours and we could bake all day in it. The repair is not difficult, but I wish I'd avoided it with a little more care. The roof will replace a tarp next year, but then we have 65" of precip. from Oct.-April/May and none after that. Perhaps since it's a much thinner wall than a bench would be, the experience is irrelevant to a massive structure which might get damp clear through and dry out after the rainy season. In our area, people roof benches and finish with linseed oil. Barbara
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