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[Cob] building with shipping containers, straw bales, and cob

john fordice otherfish at
Thu Jun 26 16:30:05 CDT 2008

I'd be concerned with moisture condensation on the interior of the  
steel container, at least while the cob is drying.
other fish

On Jun 26, 2008, at 12:54 PM, Robert Alcock wrote:

> Not to want to buck the trend, here, but I don't think this post is so
> off-topic... the poster is, after all, asking how to incorporate cob
> into a particular form of construction (with containers).
> I would say that cob can likely be used to remodel the interior of a
> building with almost any material, including steel containers. You  
> would
> need to paint the steel with an adhesion coat, something that will  
> stick
> really well to steel and leave a rough surface. The cob would give a
> comfortable, organic interior with high thermal mass, which would be
> useful because I imagine containers would tend to be pretty  
> uncomfortable.
> Thermal expansion/contraction in the steel might present problems. My
> only experience with cob and steel has been setting a steel woodstove
> into a cob fireplace, and I have found that the cob cracks because of
> thermal expansion of the stove. So far the cracks aren't fatal, and we
> have achieved the intended result (linking the stove to the thermal  
> mass
> of the house core).
> Robert
>> I agree with Tim...this is the weirdest off-topic post yet to show on
>> the cob list.  Come on, this is the COB-LIST, not the "container-
>> list" or "steel-list" or "strawbale-as-insulation-list"
>> You should only post to this list if you want to discuss COB  
>> building!
>> On Jun 25, 2008, at 11:56 PM, Tim Nam wrote:
>>> Do you have access to free containers or something? I mean, why not
>>> just stick with the strawbale and cob?  Just asking.
>>> I would use the containers for a basement, if at all.
>>>  Tim Kijoo Nam
>>> Corvallis, OR
>>> tkn317071 at
>>> "We are discussing no small matter, but how we ought to live." -
>>> Socrates
>>> ----- Original Message ----
>>> From: Selvoy Fillerup <selvoy at>
>>> To: coblist at
>>> Sent: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 6:12:21 PM
>>> Subject: [Cob] building with shipping containers, straw bales,  
>>> and cob
>>> All:
>>> I?d like to discuss the possibility of incorporating recycled
>>> shipping containers with natural materials (such as straw bales and
>>> cob) to create a natural/industrial blended home. I prefer the
>>> organic look and feel of natural materials and would like to use
>>> containers as a skeletal framework on which to build. Does anyone
>>> have experience with both methods of construction?
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