Imagine as snow is falling outside an area brew pub, a well bearded urbanite turns to his pals, enjoying a couple craft brews, and the subject of sauna surfaces. “Should we finish these beers and take a few rounds?” Of course! And with that, Clintmeister pulls out his smart phone and clicks a button or two, et voila! His electric sauna stove kicks into gear.
How? Thanks to this “after market work around.”
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The two main things you’ll need are in the links below. You’ll also need 8 gauge wire, wire nuts, and an extension cord you’re willing to sacrifice.
Sauna power cord goes into the contactor and then into the panel. Then you hook the male end of the extension cord into the contactor and plug it in. The WEMO plug needs to be plugged into a regular outlet.
It might not be to code, but it’s 100% safe. Mine was pretty easy to do. You’ll need to figure out a way to keep your sauna always on, because now you’ll be turning it off and on with the WEMO plug. A friend of mine drilled a hole through the knob into the panel and put a screw in it. Worked like a charm.
It’s a HUGE game changer!