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Helpful Information

Refer to this section to find answers to common questions about choosing the right sauna!

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How to choose a professional sauna builder?

When choosing a professional sauna builder make sure their production process and facility are designed to ensure modernity, efficiency, attention to detail and whether they have invested in state-of-the-art equipment that enables manufacturing high-quality saunas and other wood products with precision and consistency. 


To maintain the highest standards, professional sauna builders source their materials from trusted local suppliers who share commitment to quality. By working closely with them, sauna builders can ensure that the raw materials used in production are of the finest quality and meet their specifications. This also helps to support the local economy and reduces transportation costs and environmental impact.

As a sauna builder and manufacturer, our production process and facility combine modern equipment, quality materials from local suppliers, and stringent quality control measures to deliver exceptional saunas and wood products to our customers. We take pride in our attention to detail and strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our manufacturing operations!

What material should I choose for my sauna?

When it comes to selecting materials for an outdoor sauna, there are several options to consider, each with its own advantages and considerations. The choice of material depends on factors such as aesthetics, durability, insulation, and maintenance requirements. Here are some common materials used for outdoor saunas:

1.     Cedar: Western Red Cedar is a popular choice for outdoor saunas due to its natural resistance to rot, decay, and insects. It has excellent insulating properties, helping to retain heat efficiently. Western Red Cedar also emits a pleasant aroma and is visually appealing. Regular maintenance, such as exteriorsealing or staining, may be required to preserve appearance.

2.     Hemlock: Hemlock is a softwood known for its durability and resistance to warping and cracking. It is a cost-effective option and provides decent insulation. Hemlock can be stained or finished for protection, but it is less resistant to decay compared to Western Red Cedar.

3.     Thermally Modified Wood: This is a specially treated wood that undergoes a heat and steam process, making it more stable and resistant to decay. Thermally modified wood, specifically Norway Sprucehas improved dimensional stability and can be a suitable choice for outdoor saunas.

Remember that proper ventilation is important for any outdoor sauna, regardless of the material used. It is also essential to consult with professionals or sauna manufacturers for specific recommendations based on your location, climate, and personal preferences.

Where should I locate my sauna? 

When considering a location for an outdoor sauna, there are several factors to keep in mind. Here are some important considerations:

  1. Privacy: Choose a location that offers sufficient privacy. You may not want your sauna to be visible from the street or neighboring properties. Consider using natural barriers like trees or shrubs or constructing a privacy fence to create a secluded area.

  2. Accessibility: Ensure the location is easily accessible from your home. You'll want to have a convenient path or walkway leading to the sauna to avoid any inconvenience, especially during colder weather when you're more likely to use it.

  3. Natural Airflow: Proper airflow is important for an outdoor sauna. Choose a location that allows for good airflow and ventilation to prevent excessive heat buildup and ensure a comfortable sauna experience. Placing the sauna near a natural breeze or incorporating vents into the sauna structure can help with this.

  4. Safety: Consider safety precautions when selecting the location for a wood fired sauna. Ensure there are no flammable materials or structures nearby. Adequate clearance should be maintained from trees, fences, or any other combustible objects to prevent fire hazards.

  5. Views and Surroundings: Think about the views and surroundings you would like to enjoy while using the sauna. If you have a beautiful garden or a scenic view, consider positioning the sauna to take advantage of those elements. Alternatively, if privacy is your priority, position the sauna away from any busy areas.

  6. Drainage: Choose a location that has proper drainage to prevent water accumulation under the sauna like gravel pad which prevents waterpulling. This is particularly important if you plan to rinse your sauna inside. 

  7. Electrical and Water Supply: If your sauna requires electricity or water supply, ensure that the chosen location is easily accessible to these utilities. It will make the installation process smoother and more convenient.

  8. Sunlight Exposure: Consider the path of the sun throughout the day and choose a location that receives an optimal amount of sunlight based on your preferences. Some people enjoy a sauna with morning sunlight, while others prefer afternoon or evening sun.

What heaters should I consider?

When considering heaters for outdoor saunas, there are a few important factors to keep in mind. Here are some popular options to consider:


Wood burning stoves or electric heaters:


1. Wood-Burning Sauna Stove: Traditional wood-burning sauna stoves are a popular choice for outdoor saunas. They provide an authentic sauna experience and create a pleasant aroma. These stoves require proper ventilation and a chimney to expel smoke and fumes. There are 2 types of wood-burning sauna stoves: interior loading and exterior loading ones. 

Interior loading refers to the method of adding wood to the stove from inside the sauna room. With an interior loading stove, you can open the stove door from inside the sauna and place the wood directly into the firebox without stepping outside. This offers convenience and allows sauna users to easily maintain the fire and add wood without leaving the sauna. However, fire safety is reduced with this type of wood-burning stove due to ambers that might be present inside the sauna.

Unlike interior loading stoves, which are loaded from inside the sauna room, exterior loading stoves require you to load the wood from outside the sauna. With an exterior loading stove, you need to open the stove door from the outside and place the wood into the firebox. This means you may have to step outside briefly to add more wood, interrupting the sauna experience. However, the advantage is that you don't need to worry about tracking in dirt or debris from outside when loading the wood. Fire safety is increased in this case, due to absence of ambers in the sauna.

2. Electric Sauna Heater: Electric sauna heaters are a convenient and efficient option. They are easy to install and provide precise temperature control. Look for models specifically designed for outdoor use to ensure they can withstand the elements. Consider heaters with a stainless steel construction for durability.

When selecting a heater for your outdoor sauna, consider factors like the size of the sauna, power requirements, availability of fuel sources, and budget. It's also essential to follow the manufacturer's recommendations and consult with professionals if needed to ensure proper installation and safety.

How many people are going to use the sauna at the same time?

The capacity of an outdoor sauna can vary depending on its size and design. Different saunas have different seating arrangements and space available for users. In general, outdoor saunas can accommodate anywhere from 2 to 10 people at a time.


Smaller outdoor saunas may have a seating capacity of 2 to 4 people, while larger ones can accommodate 6 to 10 individuals comfortably. The actual capacity of a specific sauna can be determined by factors such as the size and layout of the benches (two-tier or one level), the layout of sauna, and the intended usage.


It's important to consult with a sauna manufacturer about the recommended capacity for each sauna model they offer. This information can give you a more precise estimate of how many people can use the sauna simultaneously.

What shape should I choose for my sauna?

The shape of an outdoor sauna can vary depending on personal preference and design choices. Here are some common shapes we offer:


1. Round Barrel Sauna: This is a popular and traditional design that resembles a large wooden barrel. It often has a rounded metal roof and walls, giving it a distinctive and aesthetically pleasing look. The round shape helps with heat distribution and air flow and creates a cozy atmosphere. You should keep in mind also, that head room in barrel sauna is reduced due to shape of the structure.

2. Square Barrel Sauna: Similar to the round barrel sauna, this design features a square or rectangular shape instead of a round one. It retains the barrel-like appearance but offers a slightly different aesthetic with more capacity and seating layout options, creating more interior volume, keeping the same foot print as barrel saunas.


3. Hexagonal (Hexa) Sauna: A hexagonal sauna has six sides, creating a unique and visually appealing structure. This shape allows for a spacious interior while maintaining an efficient use of space. The hexagonal design can also add an interesting architectural element to your outdoor setting due to original shape.


4. Custom Sauna: Some outdoor saunas we offer are custom-designed and built to meet specific requirements or fit a particular space. In these cases, the shape can vary greatly depending on the vision and preferences of the individual or the design team. Custom saunas offer the flexibility to create a truly unique and personalized outdoor sauna experience.


Ultimately, the shape of an outdoor sauna is a matter of personal preference and the desired aesthetics of the owner. Whether you prefer a traditional round barrel sauna, a square barrel design, a hexagonal structure, or a custom-made sauna, each shape can provide a delightful and relaxing sauna experience.

What layout options should I consider for my sauna?

When planning the layout of an outdoor sauna, it's important to consider factors such as accessibility, functionality, and aesthetics. Here's a suggested layout that includes a sauna room, a change room, and a porch:


1. Sauna Room:

The sauna room is the central space where the sauna heater and benches are located. It should be designed to provide a comfortable and relaxing sauna experience. Here are some considerations:


- Dimensions: The size of the sauna room will depend on the number of people you expect to accommodate. A common guideline is to allow for at least 2 square feet of space per person.

- Walls: Choose durable, heat-resistant materials for the walls, such as cedar or redwood. These woods are known for their resistance to moisture and ability to withstand high temperatures.

- Ventilation: we install a proper ventilation system to allow fresh air to enter and humid air to escape. This helps regulate the temperature and prevents excessive humidity.

- Lighting: Use soft, ambient lighting to create a soothing atmosphere. Avoid harsh or bright lights that could be uncomfortable in a sauna setting.

- Benches: we install sturdy, heat-resistant benches at different heights to accommodate different users. It's common to have higher benches closer to the ceiling, where the temperature is higher, and lower benches at a lower level. Likewise, opposite bench layout is the only available option for round barrel saunas and optional for other shapes, like square barrel or Hexa.


2. Change Room:

The change room is an area where people can undress, store their belongings, and prepare for the sauna experience. Consider the following elements:


- Dimensions: The change room can be smaller than the sauna room but should provide enough space for people to comfortably change clothes and store their belongings if needed.

- Hooks and Shelves: we install hooks or racks for hanging towels and clothes and include shelves to store personal items upon request.

- Seating: we offer benches or seats for people to sit and put on or remove their shoes.

- Privacy: Ensure that the change room offers privacy by using solid walls or curtains. Separate it from the sauna room to maintain temperature differences between the two spaces.


3. Porch:

The porch is an optional but beneficial addition to an outdoor sauna. It serves as a transition area between the sauna and the outside environment. Consider these aspects:


- Dimensions: The porch should be large enough for people to relax and cool down after a sauna session. The size can vary based on your preference and available space.

- Seating: we offer outdoor seating options, such as benches, for people to relax and enjoy the fresh air.

- Shade and Shelter: Consider adding a roof to provide shade and protection from the elements. This allows users to enjoy the porch in various weather conditions.


Remember to comply with local building codes, obtain necessary permits, and consult with professionals to ensure the safety and suitability of your outdoor sauna layout.

Should I use metal roof for my sauna?

Using a metal roof for an outdoor sauna can be a suitable option depending on various factors. Here are some points to consider when contemplating a metal roof for your outdoor sauna:


1. Durability: Metal roofs are known for their durability and resistance to weathering. They can withstand harsh environmental conditions, such as heavy rain, snow, and UV radiation, without deteriorating quickly. This durability can make them a good choice for outdoor structures like saunas.


2. Heat reflection: Metal roofs have reflective properties, which means they can reflect a significant amount of sunlight and heat. While this can help keep the interior of the sauna cooler during hot summer days, it may also result in increased heat loss during colder seasons.


3. Corrosion resistance: Ensure that the metal roof you choose is specifically designed to withstand high humidity and temperature fluctuations. Stainless steel or galvanized steel are popular choices for outdoor structures due to their corrosion resistance properties. Regular maintenance, such as periodic cleaning and inspecting for any signs of rust, will help prolong the lifespan of the roof.


4. Condensation control: Proper ventilation is important when using a metal roof for an outdoor sauna. Without adequate vapour barrier, condensation can form on the underside of the roof, leading to moisture-related issues. Consider using a vapour barrier to prevent condensation and maintain a comfortable sauna environment.

What additional options should I consider for my sauna?

Foldable benches, backrests, a flat floor, window/s and exterior stain can be great options to consider for an outdoor sauna to enhance comfort, functionality and convenience. Here's some information on each:


1. Foldable benches: Ideal option for hot yoga and stretching while in your sauna at the comfort of your home! No need to go to expensive yoga studios anymore. 

2. Backrests: Adding backrests to your outdoor sauna provides additional support and comfort. They are typically installed on the sauna's walls, allowing you to lean back and relax while enjoying the sauna experience. Our backrests are mostly made from fine sanded, clear grade Western Red Cedar but we also offer clear grade, vertical grain Hemlock as an option. The choice of material depends on personal preference and the overall aesthetic you want to achieve. We recommend getting backrests for round barrel and square barrel saunas.


3. Flat Floor: A flat floor or floating floor design in your outdoor sauna offers several benefits. It ensures a level surface, making it easier to move around, sit, or lay down comfortably. A flat floor also provides stability and minimizes the risk of tripping or falling while inside the sauna. Additionally, it simplifies the cleaning process, as there are no uneven surfaces or crevices where dirt and debris can accumulate.


4. Windows: Installing windows in your outdoor sauna can bring in natural light and offer a connection with the surrounding environment. Windows not only create a brighter and more open atmosphere inside the sauna but also allow sauna bathers to enjoy the views outside. The type and size of windows can vary depending on your preferences and the design of your sauna. Our window materials include double-glazed insulated tempered glass, clear or with tint to ensure durability and energy efficiency.


It's important to consider the location and orientation of the windows to maintain privacy and avoid excessive heat or direct sunlight exposure. Additionally, we make sure the windows are properly sealed to prevent any moisture or heat loss.


4. Exterior Stain: Applying an exterior stain to the sauna's exterior surfaces can enhance its appearance and provide protection against the elements. Stains are available in various colors and finishes, allowing you to choose a look that matches your personal style or complements the surroundings. Exterior stains are typically designed to penetrate the wood, providing a protective layer that helps prevent water damage, UV fading, and decay.


Before applying an exterior stain, ensure that the wood surfaces are properly prepared by cleaning and sanding. Ensure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific stain product you choose, including application techniques and maintenance recommendations.

When considering all of the above options, it's important to consult with a professional sauna builder or manufacturer! They can help you choose the right materials, designs, and construction techniques based on your specific needs and preferences. They can also ensure that the sauna is properly ventilated to provide a safe and enjoyable experience.

What foundation should I prepare for my sauna?

Building a foundation for an outdoor barrel sauna is an important step to ensure stability and longevity of the structure. Here are some guidelines for constructing a foundation for an outdoor barrel sauna:


1. Site selection: Choose a flat and level area for your sauna installation. Ensure that the ground is stable and can support the weight of the sauna.


2. Clear the area: Remove any vegetation, rocks, or debris from the site to create a clean surface for the foundation.


3. Gravel base: Start by creating a gravel base for the foundation. Excavate the area slightly and spread a layer of compacted gravel. This will help with drainage and prevent the foundation from shifting over time.


4. Concrete pavers: The most common, simple and cost effective foundation for a barrel sauna is a concrete pavers installed and level positioned based on the sauna supports location and layout. Measure the dimensions of your sauna and dig 6-12 inches deep holes, sized 24x24 and each end of the sauna support. Typically the number of concrete pavers needed is twice more than the number of sauna supports.

It's important to note that local building codes and regulations may vary, so it's always recommended to check with your local authorities before starting any construction project. Additionally, you may want to consult the specific installation instructions provided by the manufacturer of your barrel sauna for any additional guidance or requirements.

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