Homeowners all over the world are getting excited about portable infrared saunas. These nifty little houses give you better benefit than a steam sauna, but don’t require water and hot stones. After trying one out, I loved it so much that I decided to go ahead and customize one on my own, using turned wood of course.
The nice thing about building your own infrared sauna is that you can design it to fit into any space in your home. The only downfall is that with a portable infrared sauna, you can take it with you. Still, having a fixed outdoor sauna out on your back deck is certainly a good incentive to get healthy by soaking up some intense heat.
Choosing the Turned Wood
The challenge with projects this large and turned wood is finding pieces that are large enough to cover your needs. For this reason it is best to keep your infrared sauna on the small side, maybe roomy enough for two, but no more. The inside should be made using turned cedar to help repel moisture and get a nice scent. If you are lucky, you can find someone who is ripping down an old cedar deck or shed, and has no more use for the wood. If you treat those pieces properly you should be able to use them to line the inside of your infrared sauna.
For the outer walls you can get away with any type of wood, and then treat it and paint it to match your home décor. Pine makes a good outer layer, as it stands up well against the elements.
The only other important consideration when planning on building your infrared sauna is an electricity source. Infrared saunas don’t require water, but you will need to power them. It is recommended that you put the heater on its own breaker to avoid it interfering with the electricity for the rest of the home.
You can find the infrared heater sold in most hardware stores. Check its specifications to make sure it is sufficient for providing enough heat for the size of the structure that you are building. Connect it to a central locale inside of your hand built sauna to make sure that you get the full benefit no matter where you sit. Ensure that it is covered by a grate to protect against burns if someone accidentally butts up against it.
If this is too much work for you, check online for a pre-fabricated portable infrared sauna. Review sites can help you find the best one for the price range you are looking for. Either way, you are going to get a great place to relax, with incredible health benefits, no matter if you buy one or make it on your own.