Sauna FAQs

How long will it take my sauna to heat up?

It really depends what the outside temperature is. However, your sauna will generally reach 75°C in 30 minutes and 90°C within an hour.

How long will it take to receive my order?

Typically it takes ~6 weeks to receive your order if the item is in stock. We will communicate your expected shipping time at the time of purchase.

Do I need shingles or another type of roof on my sauna?

Adding some kind of roofing material to your barrel sauna will extend its lifespan. We don't love the look of shingles, so we don't sell them. We recommend purchasing metal roofing from your local building store.

How long should I sauna for?

We recommend spending 20 minutes in the sauna, followed by a cold plunge or shower, then 20 minutes of rest. And repeat!

Above all, listen to your body and if something doesn't feel right, exit the sauna, sit down and drink water.

Talk to a physician before trying hot-cold therapy if you have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant.

What kind of wood are your saunas made out of?

Our saunas are made out of Eastern White Cedar, harvested right here in Canada.

How do I care for my sauna?

Interior: Use a damp mop and a sauna-specific disinfectant after use.
Keep towels on your sauna benches to minimize sweat and oils stains. Use paraffin oil once/year to protect the wood in your sauna from decaying due to humidity. Do NOT apply wood stain or sealant to the interior.

Exterior: The wood will eventually turn silvery from the action of the sun and rain without harming the wood itself. To preserve the sauna’s natural colour for longer and to generally protect the wood from rain and sunlight, use a UV-inhibited stain on the exterior.

How do I prepare the site for my sauna? Do I need some kind of foundation?

If you're planning to build your sauna on the ground, we recommend laying down a thick bed of gravel for drainage and to keep your sauna level. Otherwise, your sauna can go directly on your existing deck.

Why aren't barrel saunas insulated?

The cedar wood and the convex shape of our saunas is designed to heat up fast and efficiently. Due to the extreme temperature differences between the interior and exterior of the sauna, it's best to let it breathe.

How long will it take to assemble my sauna?

It will take 6-8 hours to assemble your sauna with 2 people.

Will my sauna require professional set up?

No—our saunas come with detailed setup instructions. It's like putting together a really big piece of ikea furniture! If you'd rather delegate, you certainly can seek professional help.

How will I set up my sauna?

After preparing the site, you'll need 2 people to set up your sauna after receiving your crate. you'll also need a drill and a rubber mallet. Then you'll follow the step by step instructions to assemble your sauna.

Can I build my sauna on my deck?

Yes! Make sure your deck is in good condition and is on proper foundations before building your sauna on it.

What's the recommended minimum age for sauna use?

We recommend having reached puberty before trying thermotherapy since this is generally when sweat glands fully develop. Children who haven't reached puberty should not use the sauna.

Should I sauna if I'm pregnant?

Talk to a physician before trying hot-cold therapy if you have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant.

Are your saunas suitable for all kinds of wild Canadian weather?

Yes! Our saunas are made from Canadian white cedar and are intended for use in all weather. As a personal testimony, we have our sauna overlooking the Atlantic ocean in Nova Scotia which receives some of the harshest storms. If you're concerned about high levels of wind, we recommend strapping your sauna down!

How long will my sauna last?

Outdoor barrel saunas can last up to 20 years if well-cared for.

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