We’ve all been there: “should I toss on another log?”
Is there enough fuel in the firebox? Is the sauna hot enough? Those of us who have taken a lot of saunas often stand in front of our saunas and hesitate before throwing in a log, just to throw in a log. We have learned that:
Our sauna stoves don’t need perpetual stoking. Once the heat chamber is “up to temp,” we can damper down our stoves, idling at a spot of efficient burn rate. (gasification). No excess wood: only enough to get the firebox hot and give us enough fuel for our complete sauna session.
This is like our bodies: we perform best not too full, and not too hungry.
For our sauna stoves, this means burning well and hungry for wood. Before adding a log, we pull the coals forward because our stoves burn efficiently from front to back.
So, as we stand next to our sauna stove and ask “should I toss on another log?” We think again. Usually, we can get great heat for that last sauna round just by pulling our coals forward. Once burning well, we let our stoves benefit from intermittent fasting.
BONUS: Pulling the coals forward for that last sauna round gives us an even, resonating heat. This is the heat that gets to our bones. This is good heat.