Although once considered a luxury purchase, the home sauna is now very affordable and it can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and with a number of different stove or heater options. A sauna kit can be fitted into a former bedroom, attic, office or shed.
Prices also start in the “very affordable” range for the cheaper kits, and they also allow a high level of personalisation and customization into the room in which they fit.
These saunas are supplied as either “material” sauna kits or “prefabricated” sauna kits and they can be assembled in anything from 3 or 4 days right down to 2 or 3 hours.
Types of Sauna Kit
A home sauna kit can take the form of either, a sauna room lining with benches and a heater, i.e. a material kit, or a complete structural sauna with walls and even a roof and an outside patio area, i.e. a prefab sauna kit.
Prefab saunas are purchased in a near fully assembled state and require only an hour or two to position and complete. They can fit into a room within a house, or they can take the form of a log cabin in a garden or a back yard.
Material sauna kits comprise nothing more than the raw materials required to make a sauna and they require a good level of DIY (Do It Yourself) skill for assembly and fitting.
Material Sauna Kits in more detail
Material sauna kits are, as their name suggests, a kit of materials that allow a room to be transformed into a sauna.
Material sauna kits include all the materials required to line a room and provide bench seating, racks for towels and a stove for the sauna (with rocks if necessary). The materials are primarily timber and several woods are suitable. The stove or heater can be fired by gas, a wood burner, or usually (in home saunas) electric power.
Prefab Sauna Kits in more detail
Prefab sauna kits are delivered in a semi-completed state. Once assembled, they are usually self supporting and will include a roof and window(s) if they are for an outdoor site.
These kits only require the connecting of a small number of prefabricated units, typically the walls, floor and roof, to complete the assembly.
Most prefab saunas are purchased for a stand-alone position in a garden or backyard and they are robust and well constructed.
Sauna stoves and heaters
Traditional sauna stoves work by heating rocks on the top of the stove. These “Finnish” style saunas can be called hot-rock saunas and they create a warm and humid atmosphere. These saunas traditionally burnt wood, but you can now buy electric stoves that provide a similar, but easier to maintain, heating effect.
This type of sauna stove also allows the splashing of water onto the hot rocks. This is called a “steam shock” and it is highly invigorating and very popular with most sauna users.
Infra-red sauna heaters
A new innovation in the world of home saunas has seen the arrival of the infrared sauna heater.
These heaters are an alternative to the conventional stove heaters and they use infrared rays to radiate heat directly to the body. They produce an almost artificial sauna experience by making the skin feel hot, even though the ambient air temperature is unaffected.
Infra-red sauna heaters do not require any heat-up time or cooling-off period and they do not create a humid environment. They also offer very economic running costs.
Sauna kit Assembly
Material sauna kits are assembled indoors in their finished location and they generally take two to three days to complete. They have no special ventilation requirements providing that there is an opening window in the room for natural air flow.
Material sauna kits are cheaper than prefab kits, but they do require a reasonable degree of DIY skill to assemble and locate.
Prefab sauna kits are supplied in an “almost complete” state and they only require basic DIY skills to finish the assembly. They only take 2 or 3 hours to fully assemble.