SCORE!! Straw Bales at Michael's Crafts
Posted 04 November 2005 - 08:49 PM
There are these little bales of straw at Michael's Crafts in the USA that are cut to size and make a goodly size log or whatever you wanna do with straw...and usually they cost about $5.00 each. The Holloween clearance sale is goin on and there still might be some left. Bought several for 99cents each just now. :) Makes them very reasonable for those who don't have a lot of storage space for the real ones. Plus not having to cut the straw is a BIG plus. :D
Posted 05 November 2005 - 06:50 AM
if you lived closer
i'd ship you plenty of straw dirt cheap,
it's like $5 a full bale in this little flower shop
about a mile from my house...
Posted 05 November 2005 - 09:18 AM
There are feed stores and farms in the area where I certainly could put my hands on a real bale or two if I should desire. But Storage is a bit of a problem. These little bales are already shredded to the apropriate length and easily fit whole in the cupboard until needed. Some day when I have a bit of acreage, I may graduate to needing more straw than a few mini-bales a year. But not in my current location.
For someone who dabbles, there is not much easier than popping open one of these little bales, soaking the whole thing in a tub of 160 deg. F water (or chemical pasturization if you prefer), draining, and making a nice log or medium-ish laundry basket. :)
Posted 05 November 2005 - 09:20 AM
i.e. length/width/height ?
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:13 PM
I bet one could simply cut holes in various places and then dunk the entire bale into a bleach / lime no - heat pasturization bath.
Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:18 PM
sin I was thinking the same thing...I going to what till I move then give it a shot
Posted 08 November 2005 - 09:28 AM
Our mini-bales will be bound at 12x12x8 inches and weight approx. 5lbs. We'll be selling them as part of our straw log kits and individually. Each bale will hydrate to 22-27lbs which is enough for several 36in straw logs or enough to fill a 60qt tote.
Our straw is cut with a custom built machine which makes every piece an average of 2 inches in length. This provides for a perfect myco environment, much faster colonization times, and a lot less contamination problems.
MycoSupply sells 6"x6"x12" bales for $9; ours are over twice the size and will be priced at $2/lb... Yes, that's over twice the size for about the same price.
If you haven't already you should come take a look at our other products -
Posted 08 November 2005 - 01:25 PM
who is we zen, cuz that sounds interesting, i think these logs I have are from walmart and the straw is not cut short enough although it seems to work as well as straw from lowes and it is def easier to store without looking like a farmer in a condo.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 05:21 PM
I wish yall would have been in business a year ago when I was doing alot more, but if I ever get busy again I will know where to go - I def think mycosupply is overpriced and you stand to get alot of their business
I have to stay small scale for now though, I just don't have enough time or space.
I will need more straw at some point in the near future and I hate cutting so I may just take these I have back and go through you guys.
Do you think you will ever sell flowhoods? I don't know if you could beat fungiperfecti on their price but that would be cool, I want a flowhood but I don't want to build it or spend $500 right now. Oh well.
Posted 08 November 2005 - 07:01 PM
We are looking into some flowhoods but it is difficult with pricing. We had thought about designing a flowhood and glovebox that could easy be disassembled and stored mostly flat but the pricing was too high. In order to build a quality, professional product they would have been around 300$ each anyway.
We may look into it again in the future, but right now we're just trying to get our product line expanded into the substrates and kits a bit more. As soon as I can get them up we'll have kits for oysters, shittake, and um... one other one I think.
Keep an eye out as our product line changes over the next couple of weeks.