Designing and building your Sauna can be easy if you choose an off the shelf product which is built to measure and designed by the manufacturer. But if you’re configuring your sauna yourself then there will be several factors you want to take into consideration. First among these is how big of a sauna heater do I need?
How Big of a Sauna Heater Do I Need?
The first decision with your sauna heater is whether you want a gas fired stove with coals, or you want a wood fired stove. In either type of sauna you can choose stoves of different sizes and these will often indicate a cubic meter capacity, which is to indicate the size of sauna they will efficiently heat. Typically there are small stoves which heat a 8-16 cubic meter sauna, medium sized which heat 12-20 cubic meters, and then industrial size sauna stoves which come in a variety of larger sizes.
For gas fired sauna stoves you may also see a measurement in terms of pounds (lbs) which indicates how many lbs of sauna stones the stove will hold, and these may vary from 50lbs up to 300lbs. The larger the stove the more lbs of stones it will hold and therefore how large a sauna the stones will heat. However the best measurement is the cubic meter, the lbs of stone just indicate how many stones you will need, but these often come supplied with the sauna.
What Other Sauna Options You Need to Consider?
The other options you need to consider when buying your sauna include some of the following.
The mounting: some heaters are wall mounted on a flat wall, some are corner mounted, others are free standing, and some are versatile and can be mounted in one or two ways, so its best to designed your sauna lay out on this basis. Keep in mind that wall mounted heaters make the sauna floor easier to clean and of course free up floor space.
Vaporizer type: some sauna stoves have manual vaporizers while others have automatic vaporizers with a humidification reservoir, which increases the humidity and intensity of the heat in the sauna, therefore more efficient, as less energy is needed to reach the required humidity and heating level.
Control Panel: many stoves have a built in control panel which has a thermostat and a pilot light to show when the stove is firing. However you may want to consider the option of an advanced control panel which also has a timer unit which will make the stove more efficient and prevent you from having to come and switch the sauna on and then wait until it is up to heat. Even more convenient again are wall mounted control panels which you can fit next to where you will be sat in the sauna so you don’t have to get up to increase or decrease the heat or humidity.
So you have plenty of options when choosing your ideal sauna.