I have had many emails on this question.
- “I’m building a sauna and can’t decide whether….”
- “Glenn, you mention an outdoor wood burning sauna but we have an ideal place in our basement for….”
- “My husband wants a wood burning sauna, but i’m worried about…”
- “I grew up with an old school wood burning sauna, and now it’s my turn to build my own….”
- “Glenn, I have plenty of access to wood, and enjoy the wood cutting experience, yet I’m concerned that my wife won’t want…”
- “What about the smoke, will my neighbors…”
- “I’ve heard that a wood stove can take hours….”
- “I can hook up 220v heater because we finally pulled out our hot tub bacteria petri dish…”
In defense of electric heated sauna stoves:
- Easy to use: Flip a switch, or use the programming device.
- Easier to install, no chimney stack.
- No red tape with insurance company or fidgety building inspector.
- Sauna stoves heat rocks, who cares how they’re heated?
- Cleaner, easier to maintain.
In defense of wood heated sauna stoves:
- Authentic, natural way to heat.
- Brings forward the ‘up north’ cabin vibe.
- Promotes and outdoor experience and the concept of escape.
- Negative ions are realized through wood burning.
- Wood burning saunas vent better, more naturally.
- More radiant heat for better “ahhhh” loyly production.
I didn’t list that electric sauna stoves heat quicker, as I can personally attest that my wood burning saunas (all three) heat up about the same time as electric sauna stoves. Nate’s Firestarters help, custom made by a Barton School student. They are so easy, an 11 year old can do it.
Wood, electric, let’s not debate forever:
NOW IS THE TIME FOR YOUR OWN SAUNA.