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How To Build Your Own Sauna - Part 1 - Choose Your Heater
Saunas are becoming more and more popular worldwide. Itís no wonder that many people want to enjoy the benefits of their very own sauna, yet they donít want to spend a small fortune to acquire one. If you consider yourself pretty handy, building a sauna for your home can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience that doesnít break the bank. Before you begin you must make sure that the materials required fit into your budget and that you have ample space available for the sauna. One important question should be answered before you start your project.
How will you heat the sauna?
This is probably the most important question you should be asking yourself as it will determine many other factors.
For starters, there are many different types of heat you can use ranging from electricity, gas, or wood. The most popular choice is wood burning, as it provides a pleasant aroma and nostalgic atmosphere. However, you should know that there are drawbacks for going this route. First, a wood burning sauna uses wood. How will you acquire the wood? If you plan to purchase it, do you have enough money to continually buy wood throughout the year? How will you dispose of the ash? Do your local building regulations allow wood stoves? If not you may be in for a surprise. Also, many home-owners insurances do not provide coverage if you own a wood burning stove. For most, these drawbacks can be enough to deter them from owning a wood burning Sauna. There are other options though.
Electric stoves are becoming more popular for people that donít want to deal with the hassles of wood. Electricity is also a very available form of heat, as nearly all homes already have electricity available. This makes it convenient for both indoor and outdoor saunas. Also, electricity is the primary form of heat that infrared saunas use. Infrared saunas produce radiant heat with special heaters that many people believe are much more beneficial than traditional saunas. If you plan to build an infrared sauna, electricity will probably be your source of heating.
Gas is also a very viable option for people as it is usually cheaper and more practical than both wood and electricity. Gas is fairly easy to obtain no matter where you live, and is for the most part, cleaner than both electricity and wood. If you choose to use gas as your sauna heating source, be sure to check the carbon monoxide levels around your home, or around the area you will be installing the Sauna.
Your decision on a heating source will also determine where you build and if it will be an indoor or outdoor sauna. Wood saunas are generally placed outdoors, as most owners do not want to deal with the inconvenience of hauling messy wood throughout the house. Your insurance policy may also require you to build the wood burning sauna outside, away from the home in a separate building.
Generally speaking, wherever you choose to build the sauna, there are plans and designs to help you overcome some of the obstacles of building a sauna. Designs and plans can be found all over the internet or can be as easy as calling a manufacturer. Good luck!
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