How it works...
Logistics & Location
We like to place our saunas near the home during the Winter months, when one is less inclined to venture far in snow and colder temps. If you plan to use your sauna on a regular basis, having it close to the home - just a short walk away - is essential. Ideally, you can see the sauna glowing and heating up from the comfort of your living space. During warmer months, when it’s easier to walk a trail through the woods, we prefer to move our sauna to a nearby lake. Think about how frequently you will use the sauna and which location would work best for your situation throughout the seasons.
Firing & Managing the Heater
The only maintenance associated with the heater is emptying the small ash pan before each firing. It’s best to burn very dry wood no longer than 14 inches. Then, fill the stove completely with small pieces of wood. (We prefer round limb wood that doesn’t have to be split). Depending on the temperature outside, return to stoke the fire once after about 15 minutes. After another 15-20 minutes, the sauna will reach temperatures exceeding 190°F (even in the dead of winter in New England!). The Sweat Sauna Co. sauna is now ready to use!
We recommend wiping down the benches, floor, and door handles of your sauna on a regular basis using warm water and an oversized sponge. We like to add some antimicrobial, pleasant-smelling essential oil to the cleaning water, such as tea tree or eucalyptus. The rubber floor can also be wiped down post-session. It’s always best to fire the sauna after a cleaning to dry.