Before buying a sauna barrel, there are several things to consider. We will talk about a few of them in this article.
Since barrel saunas usually have only one layer of cedar, which is the only insulation, it is vital to choose the right thickness of the wood. It makes a big difference, especially if you live in cold climates. Wood staves that are more than 1″ thick are appropriate for cold regions.
By choosing cedar as wood for an outdoor sauna barrel, you will get material with low density. This means that cedarwood will insulate your sauna barrel better compared to hardwoods.
The thermal mass of the sauna barrel is small, so you need to add more stones near the heat source. There is no definite answer to what is better – small or large thermal mass. The more this parameter is, the slower the room is heated, but the temperature is kept longer. In the case of the portable sauna barrel, the small thermal mass is more advantageous. Thanks to it, the sauna can warm up in just half an hour in summer and 45-55 minutes in winter.
The difference in temperature between the inside of the barrel and the outside can be huge, so it will be better for you to have a wood-burning stove of a larger size. In this way, you can be sure that you can get the right temperature, especially in winter.
The uniform heating distribution in the sauna barrel makes it possible to have two levels of benches in the steam room. But the upper pair of benches is not always necessary, especially if only one or two people will use the sauna. At the top, humidity and temperature parameters are optimal, but the visitor can only lie down on the upper benches. If this is how you plan to use the top benches, you may consider this configuration. But if you prefer to sit in the sauna, then you don’t need extra shelves over your head.
Choosing the Right Size for Your Sauna Barrel
When choosing a sauna, you’d better think ahead about using it because this is an essential factor in selecting the correct size. As an example, 6- to 8-foot saunas are perfect for two people. If you plan to invite friends often, consider more spacious options.
What else do you need to check?
Don’t forget to check a few more points while ordering and assembling a barrel sauna:
- When installing a new sauna barrel, make sure there is enough space between the barrel and the ground and the barrel is not touching the ground. Without contact with the ground, the sauna will serve for decades without rotting.
- If you use the stove in the sauna, be sure to use a damper and check the ventilation through the chimney regularly.
- You’ll be more satisfied if you choose a barrel sauna with a changing room. The changing room is a functional area and a way to lose less heat through the sauna barrel door. In addition, this room can serve as a relaxation room, which increases the possible number of guests.
- Be sure to make your sauna barrel safe. The sauna should not be located too close to your home or other structures. Assemble it only in a suitable place that complies with fire regulations. It would be best if you also had a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location.
- Do not paint the wooden facade of the sauna. It interferes with the properties of cedarwood and prevents moisture from escaping.
We hope that you will find the most suitable variant of the barrel sauna with our recommendations. And if you are still not sure then call our managers, who will be happy to help you.