Questions & Answers


What is a sauna?

Saunas are small rooms that are heated to temperatures from 150°F to 195 °F (65°C to 90°C). The average healthy person can tolerate such heat because it is a dry environment with extremely low humidity. This is called a "dry sauna". Saunas usually have unpainted wooden interiors and a temperature control system.

What is the difference between a wet and dry sauna?

The main difference between a wet and dry sauna is the water that is sprayed over the stones in a wet sauna. Since the rocks are heated to such an extreme temperature, the water evaporates very quickly, forming steam. There is no water in the dry sauna, only heated rocks.

How to use a sauna?

A sauna visit is traditionally an alternation of dry, wet, dry, wet, etc. with cooling breaks in between. During the rest break, you can do anything, for example, sit outside the sauna until you are ready to enter again. However, it is not recommended to sit in the sauna for a long period of time without breaks. Some say that the main rule of visiting a sauna is what makes you comfortable. The moment it ceases to be convenient, it ceases to be the right way to visit the sauna. You can learn more about rules and recommendations for visiting the sauna in our guide.

What is the difference between an infrared sauna and a regular one?

A traditional sauna warms the room, heats the air around you to such an extent that your body begins a natural cooling process.  Infrared saunas emit light with a wavelength that your body absorbs without warming the room around you.

What type of heater is the best for a sauna? 

There are four types of sauna heaters: gas, electric, wood-burning, and infrared. Electric heaters are a great option for people who want to flip a switch and enjoy a relaxing sauna. This type of heater is considered the most practical, as it heats up quickly. They can be programmed to turn on at a certain time. Similar to a wood-burning stove, but different from baseboard heaters, electric heaters heat a basket of stones to increase the ambient temperature inside the sauna. Learn more about sauna stoves in our detailed guide to sauna stoves. Contact our team – we will be happy to answer any of your questions and find you the best heater for your sauna. 

What is included with each sauna kit?

Barrel cradles; body staves; wall panels; panoramic window (if model has a window); glass front door; interior benches; backrest staves; duckboard flooring; fasteners; adhesive roof tape; metal bands; porch benches; heat shield; cable raceway; rain jacket with trim.


Where to place my outdoor barrel sauna?

You should place your sauna on a hard and flat surface (a small taper will do for water drainage). You can place your sauna on flooring, concrete, paved stones, pressed gravel, etc.

How long will it take to heat up?

As a rule, the sauna heats up to 165F in 30-40 minutes and to 185F in less than 60. The time it takes for the sauna to warm up depends on the ambient temperature surrounding the sauna. Therefore, if you have an outdoor sauna and you live in a northern climate, and it's the height of winter, give your sauna a little more time to warm up.