Those of us who have built our own saunas have all been there. We have crossed off many of the tasks on our build list:
- Paneling our hot room: check.
- Hot room door installed: check.
- Benches installed: check.
- Chimney pipe installed: check!
As we approach the “Finnish” line of our sauna builds, it’s a good idea to allow an extra day or two to fully cure our sauna stoves, before we install them in our hot rooms.
How do we cure a sauna stove?
- Set our sauna stove outside.
- Light a fire in our stove.
- Let the paint smell dissipate outside.
A key point: Don’t go crazy with big fires. It’s a good idea to start a small fire and let that burn for an hour or so, let it die down, then build it up again. By gradually building up heat, theory goes, our stoves will cure better. The paint will not be stressed and will be allowed to “cure” to the steel.
A day or two of small, building fires, with a final megga burn outside before installing, will help ensure that our new sauna stoves will be cured of any ills (and yucky smell).