This is a way interesting sauna. The only major issue that I see with the barrel sauna is that you step right out from your ‘hot room’ to the outdoors. If you go with one of these, and you live in a colder climate, be sure to position the barrel sauna so the door opens away from the prevailing winds. Nothing worse than being in a 180 degree sauna, and someone opens the door to say hi, and ice cold 5 degree winter wind comes blowing on your sweaty face! A cool look, but I prefer the conventional free standing stick frame 8×12 ‘shed’ type sauna. 8×12 is an awesome dimension as:
- 8×12 = 96 square feet, and under any building code restrictions i’ve ever heard of. (Some municipalities require permits for structures larger than 100 or 120 square feet).
- 8×12 allows for an ample size sauna room, say 6’x8′, as well as a 6’x8′ nice sized changing room.
- An outbuilding can be customized to match your house: same siding, pitch, roof, even a cool out-patio for chilling out.
- The 6’x8′ changing room can double as a home office, party space, or doghouse (figuratively) away from your primary residence.