There is a lot of talk these days about traditional saunas and the 2 person option, but which one is right for you? It all depends on your experience in a sauna, your comfort level with hot temperatures and your ability to withstand pain. The type of wood you use for your sauna also makes a difference. Financially, sauna benches made from Western Red Cedar tend to be the best choice for this category of sauna. Some Eastern Red Cedar benches are also used, but if you are looking for a more naturalistic feel or a bench made from a pine tree, look no further than Finnish Lappeenra.
A traditional sauna bench made from Canadian Hemlock wood such as Finnish Lappeenra or Bannockburn make a great choice for the comfort conscious homeowner. These benches come in a variety of sizes and shapes depending on what you want. Some even have a footstool! Most have a glass top on them for added safety and ease in the cleaning process. They heat up to about 175 degrees, which makes them a nice place for you to rest while enjoying the heat of the sauna.
If you don’t care for the idea of sitting directly on a bench, there are other alternatives. You can get a portable or inflatable sunray that comes with a two year warranty. Sunray saunas are very popular in Finland where they are much more popular than they are here in North America. Portable and inflatable sunrays are easy to store away and move around, which makes them great for people who are not comfortable sitting directly on a bench. You may not get the elevated temperature that you would get from a bench, but you will still feel very comfortable.
A traditional sauna in a Finnish cave on the island of FINNISH LAUGHS is believed to be the first massed-producing unit. It used two bowls full of water and sand that sat directly on top of a platform on the top of the hill. The boiling water would have been heated by the large rocks placed on top of the bowl. As you might expect, this was an incredibly primitive way to heat a body.
Two Finnish Scientists were invited to work on this new contraption and they came back with their own innovative version. They reduced the boiling point of the water to about six hundred degrees and they designed vents in the sides. The air flow would have been pushed through the vents in order to push the steam through the pipes of the sauna. Once again, there were flaws in the design. As it turned out, the vents that were designed did not work so well and when it was discovered that the Finnish lava stones would not melt, it was discovered that they would not give good results either.
However, the biggest problem was that no matter where you went, no matter what time of the year it was, the prices of these saunas was just prohibitive. It is a little known fact that Finland was one of the last parts of Europe to use the traditional sauna. The other European countries, as we know them today, were using them much earlier, in the 13th Century. During those days, they would use canadian hemlock wood in the construction of their saunas because the canadian hemlock wood was so heavy and sturdy. Even now, if you go into a sauna in Finland and look closely, there will be at least three pieces of timber holding up the roof and the walls.
In the early part of the thirteenth century, during the middle of the fourteenth century, during the Dark Ages of the European Renaissance, Finland was invaded and conquered by the Russians. At that time, the Finns were prohibited from building their own saunas. This was done because the Russians felt that they were savages. Even now, many people do not believe that the Finns were the first people to use a heating system in a sauna, but when they did, they were the ones who built the first Finnish sauna.
From all of this information that you now have, it is obvious that you are still uncertain about the origin of the sauna. The fact that no one knows where the saunas came from or why they were banned from building their own saunas is irrelevant to you. The important thing is that you now understand the basics about saunas and that you can begin to learn how to build your own saunas.