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In brief, all these heat sources have their place and advantages in different sauna scenarios

Clearly for convenience gas and electric sauna heaters shine.

Most sauna heaters are electric these days. Gas does have one extra advantage similar to cooking with gas … when you turn it up, it quickly produces more heat. Too much heat? Turn it down and it produces less heat quickly. Gas sauna heaters do have one more advantage... if the power goes out, you can still take a sauna ;-)

Electric sauna heaters need more time to warm up and cool down. If you like humidity, many electric sauna heaters come with a steamy feature designed into the unit now.

In the woods, what else can you use? It's also the most traditional and instinctually satisfying. If you've never chopped your wood, stoked your sauna fire, smelled the smoke, felt the blast of steam and the good sweat of a wood-fired sauna, endeavor to try it. Ideally all of these sauna heat sources should be experienced, not merely purchased on the word of some showroom salesman.

Indeed, one of our staff recounts a memorable sauna in a native sweat lodge: "We heated 35 rocks within a pyramid of logs outside. Once the rocks were red hot, we brought 9 rocks into the shallow teepee and songs were sung. Water over the rocks released steam. Then 8 more, more sweating, talking and singing. Then 9 more, more sweating and singing. Then 8 more, more sweating and singing. One rock was left outside as a tribute to our ancestors looking down from the stars."

Infrared saunas don't get as hot nor cause profuse sweating like a traditional sauna, but they're great for the healing sauna therapy light. It's especially better for those recovering from an illness or surgery, or often for seniors who do not like a red hot sauna. And you can't beat the nearly instant penetrating heat. Infrared lights can be added to the other saunas mentioned.