What is the difference between a wet and a dry Sauna?
They are the very same thing. A sauna can be used wet or dry. When someone says "wet" they mean that water can be poured over the stones in the heater. If water cannot be poured over hot stones it is not a sauna. All Homecraft sauna heaters are CSA approved to accept water. Water can create a more relaxing atmosphere and it aids in perspiration and deep cleansing of the pores. The water is usually contained in a sauna bucket and applied with a sauna ladle. See our accessories section for your choice of styles. Sauna heat and humidity are flexible so it is up to the bather as to how they want to use the sauna to suit their needs.
Why do you recommend Cedar?
Western Red Cedar is the wood of choice in a sauna application. The extractives in Western Red Cedar distinguish it from other softwoods in color, odor, and taste. The extractives impart extraordinary natural durability and dimensional stability, far exceeding many other wood species. The application or Western Red Cedar in saunas is not only safe, but it is an excellent use of its outstanding appearance, natural durability, dimensional stability, and thermal insulating property. All our Western Red Cedar is clear, (no knots) kiln dried, and grade A+ better.
Should a sauna be insulated?
YES. Insulation prevents heat loss. For indoor saunas, 2x4 studding with R11 or R13 fiberglass insulation is quite adequate for the walls. Use R26 in the ceiling. Always use an aluminum foil vapor barrier over the insulated stud walls, never use poly as it will break down from the heat.
Do I have to vent the sauna to the outside?
NO. A vent to the outside is not needed for a residential sauna. Venting is not a safety issue; vents only make it more comfortable for the bather, allowing oxygen to replenish inside the room. Did you ever hear of someone being dizzy inside a sauna, it is likely because the room was not properly vented. Vents are merely a cut out in the wall from the sauna to an existing room adjoining the sauna. No ductwork is required. We recommend venting from the sauna to an area inside the house. The minimal heat that escapes into the house from the vents will not damage your drywall, wallpaper, or paint.
Where can I install a sauna?
A traditional sauna can be built into any unused room, big or small. A 7'x5' is an average residential sauna as it is usually big enough for the entire family. We can supply materials for any sized space you have, including a neo angled corner. All you need is an easy to clean waterproof floor, a 220/240v. electrical hookup for the heater, and for convenience, it is best to have a shower nearby for washing off. Health clubs, hotels, motels, master bathrooms, garages, patios, decks, basements are all ideal places for Saunas
Do I need to have a sauna floor drain?
NO. Most residential saunas do not have a floor drain. Very little water is actually used in the sauna. However a drain is convenient for cleaning in heavy use saunas and commercial saunas.
What kind of floor is appropriate for a traditional sauna?
We recommend washable floors such as tile, sealed cement/concrete, or heavy duty vinyl.Never use carpet.
Should I insulate the concrete floor in the traditional hot sauna?
NO. There is no significant heat loss through the floor as the floor temperature in a sauna is normally about 80°F (27°C).
Do I need to install water lines into the sauna?
NO. Water lines are not necessary in the sauna. They are needed, however, for the nearby shower. The sauna bucket can be filled occasionally from the bathroom or laundry room taps.