Complete Guide To Buying Your Barrel Sauna

Complete Guide To Buying Your Barrel Sauna

Owning a outdoor or barrel sauna at your home often comes with benefits. Not only do you not have to share with the public, it can help relieve the stress. That means if you wish to share the sauna with your immediate household or even alone, you'll get to have that option. The good news is, there are high-quality saunas designed specifically made for residential homes. Buying a sauna online has never been easier, and shopping for one can be exciting.

The most tough challenge of shopping online for a sauna is picking the perfect one for your home. Evaluate your needs so you can start by determining what they are. If you need help with that, you can go through this guide to help you navigate the various features, sizes, and upgrades that you can get with barrel saunas. At the end of this guide, you'll be more informed and hopefully know what kind of sauna is perfect for your home.

There will be key considerations you will need to consider in the guide, and it's been broken down to provide as much information as possible.


It all depends on how you use the sauna and the amount of space that you have available. When shopping for a sauna, it will tell you how many people it can seat comfortably. It should also tell you the interior dimensions and give you the technical drawings so that you know how to fit it in the space you'd like it in.


You can choose from a variety of heaters to have in your sauna. It all depends on personal taste. The most traditional heater is the wood-burning stove, but it may not work well in a smaller heater.

For example, if you only have the space for a smaller heater, then electric heaters are ideal for small saunas that are 6x6' or less. A wood-burning stove wouldn't be ideal for saunas this size because it wouldn't be able to handle the heat that larger saunas would. Electric heaters are also easier to maintain, and you can control the temperature, which is important in a smaller sauna. However, you will need a licensed electrician to install the electric heater inside the sauna.

Wood fired heaters are one of the most popular haters for saunas because of the heat they produced. It can get boiling, so it's best used in a sauna that is 6x6' or larger. It's also easy to install these heaters, and the ambiance is what you'd expect in a sauna.


Choosing the right type of wood for a sauna is important. Why? Because it determines the design and how it absorbs the heat. There are various types of wood that can be used for the home, and it can be customized to your needs.


The different wood that is used for home use is Spruce, Cedar and Pine. They can easily absorb the heat and steam efficiently and many designs can be made with it. Let's look at the benefits.


Spruce Outdoor & Barrel Saunas

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Spruce is one of the cost-effective saunas that you can use to build a high quality one. Spruce is a white wood that has fine grains and white knots in it. Overtime, the wood will get darker, but it will keep it's lighter color. Spruce has little scent that you can smell while you use the sauna, which can be relaxing for many people. 


Pine Outdoor & Barrel Saunas

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Pine, also very cost-effective, like Spruce, can be used for saunas. It is light colored, and it has great strength. Pine has a nice smelling aroma and this can be used either indoors or outdoors. However, treat pine barrel saunas if using it outside your home.


Cedar Outdoor & Barrel Saunas

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Cedar is one of the most popular wood that is used for barrel saunas because it's widely available. It is naturally resistance to termites, rot and decay, making this an attractive option for a sauna. It also has a pleasant aroma, which is something that's nice to smell when relaxing in the sauna.  Although there are many grades of red cedar saunas on the market Backcountry Recreation only uses the highest clear grade cedar available making out saunas one of the highest quality red cedar saunas on the market.

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