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Choosing Your Sauna

Considerations When Choosing Your Sauna

Some questions to answer when choosing your sauna

Consider these general factors when choosing your sauna, then the question below

  1. Construction -- See Converting a Room to Sauna vs. Setting up the DIY Prefab Modular Sauna Kit. Cedarbrook Sauna + Steam focuses on cedar saunas nearly exclusively.
  2. Usage and Location -- If you like using a sauna frequently, then you'll probably want one indoors next to your bathroom. If it's for your summer cabin, then a wood-fired outdoor sauna is ideal.
  3. Privacy -- Indoor saunas certainly offer more privacy.
  4. Available Space -- An indoor sauna requires space in your home. Most of our customers prefer to convert a large closet to sauna or add-on room.
  5. Heat Source: Electric, Gas, Wood-Fired or Infrared? Some caveats when choosing:
    • Infrared saunas can plug into an existing electrical circuit which makes it one of the easiest options
    • Electric saunas require their own electrical circuit which is a relatively easy option. 
    • Wood-fired saunas require a supply of wood, and of course stoking the fire and monitoring 
    • Gas saunas require some technical expertise when providing the supply lines as well as exhaust vents

We provide this article which shows a comparison of ALL the most common sauna kit options: Home Sauna Kits | What Are the Differences Between Precut, Prefab, Modular & Infrared?


Do you want your sauna indoors or outdoors?

After considering the above general factors, you probably have a sense if you're leaning toward an indoor or an outdoor sauna.

  • Indoor Sauna Kits — we offer:

    • Pre-CUT Sauna or Liner Kit 
      Precut sauna kit is composed of pre-cut and custom-cut cedar boards. This kit basically lines the walls of an existing closet or room with cedar. Our precut sauna kits include custom-cut tongue and groove cedar paneling, sauna heater, sauna door, sauna benches and sauna accessories to fit your room exactly.

      See these: Do-it-yourself pre-cut indoor HOME sauna kits / Sizes range from3'x5' to 7'x7'.
      See these: Do-it-yourself pre-cut indoor COMMERCIAL sauna kits  / Sizes range from 6'x8' to 12'x12'.
      We also can build any custom-sized sauna you'd like.
    • Pre-FAB Sauna Kit
      Prefab modular sauna kit is composed of pre-built pre-insulated wall sections (or panels) ready to screw together, quickly making a sturdy freestanding sauna room indoors (or outdoors with a roof package added).

      See these: Do-it-yourself pre-fab indoor sauna kits / Size range from 4'x4' to 12'x12'.
  • Outdoor Sauna Kits — we offer:
    • Pre-FAB Outdoor Sauna Kit with a Roof Package
      Prefab modular sauna kit is composed of pre-built pre-insulated wall sections (or panels) ready to screw together, quickly making a sturdy freestanding sauna room ready to be placed outdoors with a roof package added.

      You MUST choose and provide your own base and power supply lines, e.g. an underground electrical conduit or gas line. Suitable base options are pressure-treated lumber platform, concrete pad, brick patio, cinder block to lift the sauna off the dirt and water drainage.

      See these: Do-it-yourself pre-fab outdoor sauna kits / Sizes range from 4'x4' to 12'x12.

Are you converting a closet or room into the sauna room?

Indoor saunas are certainly cheaper because typically the room has already been built. Once electrical wiring is finished, the stud bays should be insulated and then covered with a Sauna Foil Vapor Barrier. The sauna foil barrier is provided in all of our pre-cut sauna indoor kits.

Precut sauna kit is composed of pre-cut and custom-cut cedar boards. This kit basically lines the walls of an existing closet or room with cedar. Our precut sauna kits include custom-cut tongue and groove cedar paneling, sauna heater, sauna door, sauna benches and sauna accessories to fit your room exactly.

Please watch our videos series online for free: Converting a Room to Sauna.


Or do you prefer to put together a sauna kit in an open room or garage?

Our pre-fab saunas are kits you put together in an existing room or garage. These sauna kits can be placed directly on a cement floor or we also can provide Modular Sauna Tray or Base. See this photo gallery of 4'x4' sauna kit being put up: Prefab Sauna Kit Assembly (4x4) Photo Gallery.

Pre-fab modular sauna kit is composed of pre-built pre-insulated wall sections (or panels) ready to screw together, quickly making a sturdy freestanding sauna room indoors (or outdoors with a roof package added).

See these: Do-it-yourself pre-fab indoor sauna kits / Sizes range from 4'x4' to 12'x12'.


If you move, will you take your sauna with you?

Our pre-fab saunas kits can be taken apart and relocated. The indoor saunas are more easily relocated, but any outdoor sauna could be moved as well, though a bit more involved with a roof and a base to consider.


What size of sauna is recommended?

When choosing your sauna size, consider these questions:

Do you want to lay down on the benches? — Plan for at least a 6' span for your sauna bench.

How many sauna bathers? — If you plan on sharing your sauna with 2 or 3 others on a regular basis, we recommend at a minimum a 4'x6' sauna, but 5'x7' or larger is certainly more comfortable.

How many sauna benches? — If you're interested in a larger sauna, then of course you may design many different bench arrangements. You might also consider widening the lower benches so they span all the way to the wall.


Can I add infrared to any sauna I choose?

Yes, many of our sauna customers add an infrared light box to a traditional sauna heater which encloses rocks. Infrared lights take only about 2 seconds to reach their peak temperature (about 110°F.)

 

 

 

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