NOTE: I don't have much time to keep this page updated, but I will try to maintain the links at least...
|What is a sauna?|
|The sauna that I am discussing on this page is the traditional Finnish one, heated to between 80 and 110 degrees or so Celsius, where you periodically throw water on to rocks that are heated by either a wood burning or electric stove. To fully enjoy a sauna, a cycle of three different stages takes place. 1) The sauna, where you sit relaxed, sweating away; 2) The lake (or shower), where you cool your body; and 3) The sitting room, where you relax and talk, and maybe have a beer.|
|Why would I want a sauna?|
|This should be quite obvious. There are many excellent web sites that go more into the details of the history, traditions, and benefits of the sauna. This site is more focused on how to build (or purchase) a sauna. Be sure to visit the other web sites, as they do offer a lot!|
|How can I get a sauna?|
|If you live in Finland, this is probably not a problem. This guide it written more for people who live in countries where the sauna (at least the real Finnish style sauna) is not as common. As I live in the United States, this site is geared more to this country, but I hope that others will also find some of this information useful.|
|What do I need to know? (more coming soon)|
|WHAT COSTS / MATERIALS GO
INTO BUILDING A SAUNA?
Our sauna was built in an unfinished basement, and includes a simple shower room. The materials and costs reflect what we used to build the sauna in November and December of 1993.
WHAT WATTAGE ELECTRIC STOVE DO I NEED?
|Disclaimer...the fine print...|
|The information I have provided
on these pages is based on my own experience building a sauna, and is
accurate to the best of my knowledge. I will not however be responsible
in any way for any losses incurred from the use of this information.
Please inquire with your city's building department regarding any regulations
that may affect you prior to proceeding with any work or purchases.
Also be sure to discuss any questions you may have with the manufacturer
or seller of any products prior to making a purchase, as specifications
and design considerations may vary from one manufacturer to another.
Some information on this page is courtesy of the various manufacturers
But most of all...relax and enjoy your sauna!