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Backyard cold plunge between sauna rounds for $72.99

As more and more folks are discovering the authentic sauna experience, more and more folks are understanding that sauna is not just about the hot room.  Matter of fact, the benefits of a proper cool down are being recognized as ability to:

  • Equalize body temperature (as a pre-set for next sauna round, or to go to bed)
  • Enjoy fresh air and nature (while in the garden all misty wet with rain)
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase Adrenaline and Endorphin rush accentuation (“omg, i feel great”)
  • Boost immune system
  • Improve mental health

Athletes, like football players, use cold plunge for relief, after beating the shit out of each other.  Wim Hof applies cold plunge therapy as a key part of the Wim Hof Method.  Those with cabins and lake cottages cut holes in the ice, where winter cold plunge retreats are warmly received.

Finns have been enjoying and benefiting from winter swimming, Avanto, for many generations.  Americans are recognizing the value of cold plunge between our sauna rounds.

Sales are up for stock feed tank for cold plunge

With more and more people enjoying their own backyard sauna retreats, farm and garden stores are seeing an uptick in 100 gallon stock feed sales.

We buy this cold plunge stock tank once, and get to use it over and over.

Once back home, we are able to carve out our cold plunge within our backyard sauna cool down zone:

The backyard sauna deck. To the right of the tree: outdoor shower. To the left of the tree: $72.99 cold plunge trough. Out of camera range: sauna guests smiling.
Submitting to the Fleet Farm Health and Wellness Outreach Program. Collective ages of these 3 senior sauna enthusiasts: 167 years old. (and feelin’ fine!).

Resourceful right brain thinking allow for many adaptations of the backyard cold plunge.

resourceful millennial kiddy pool cold plunge

How have you been enjoying cold plunge between your backyard sauna rounds?


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11 thoughts on “Backyard cold plunge between sauna rounds for $72.99”

  1. I attached a garden hose shut off valve to my new $72.99 100 gallon feed trough. After sauna session is complete, I can recycle the water, attaching garden hose and watering the backyard garden while draining the cold plunge. Note the antithesis to chemically infused hot tub. (Water temp isn’t the only thing that’s opposite).

  2. we have an inflatable pool that we fill up for the kids every once in a while, close to the sauna. i take advantage of that when available, with a rinse off before getting in, of course. i have a shower on the side of the sauna with a hose connection. this is normally rigged up to the hose bib on the side of the house (city water) for most sessions but if hitting it up pre-work, i hook it up to a bib on the irrigation pump (we only run it during the morning). this water is typically colder than what comes out of the house and with the irrigation pump on its own well, there is no chlorine, etc. in it.

  3. Hi Mike:

    I change the water in my backyard cold plunge only about every 4-5 sauna sessions.

    The trick is to de-jankify after every sauna round with a full clean rinse under the outdoor backyard shower.

    Now, as we get into the season where our outdoor showers fueled by our backyard garden hoses are shut down for the Winter, we can replicate the program with the freeze proof faucet. and a 5 gallon water bucket.

    Entering the cold plunge rinsed off and clean extends life of water. This is pretty obvious but it made sense to me, while reading this New York Times Magazine article about the many pools in Iceland.

    “Most Icelanders have a story about taking visitors, often American, to the pools and then seeing them balk in horror at the strict requirement to strip naked, shower and scrub their bodies with soap from head to toe. Men’s and women’s locker rooms feature posters highlighting all the regions you must lather assiduously: head, armpits, undercarriage, feet. Icelanders are very serious about these rules, which are necessary because the pools are only lightly chlorinated; tourists and shy teenagers are often scolded by pool wardens for insufficient showering. “

    Anyhow, you asked in a few words and I answered in many, including links to hopefully drive us all back into the cold plunge.

  4. mike, we ‘upgraded’ to one of those intex caldron pools over the summer so it is available all the time. the pump/filter helps keep it clean and we do treat with chlorine tablets but a very light amount, probably not much more than regular tap water. same deal as when we had the cheapo inflatable pool, rinsing off with a hose after a sauna round helps reduce the gunk that makes its way into the pool.

    that pool is super sweet once it starts getting cold, an actual cold plunge instead of a semi-warm pool. the family has long since given up on going in it at that point of the year so i get it all to myself! jumping into that thing with 50 degree water is awesome but the ‘real’ cold is here now, pool is taken down and it is back to water buckets in the winter.

  5. Hey Glenn,

    Love this site, thank you for all your wonderful information. I recently built a custom sauna in my basement and wanted to add a cold dip between rounds. I purchased the 100 gallon feed tank. I am wondering what you recommend to keep the tank from freezing solid in the winter? Any tips or helpful hints would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

  6. Hi Jacob:

    Glad you are enjoying saunatimes.

    As far as keeping your 100 gallon feed tank from freezing in winter, well, I’ll be honest. My exact feed tank (the one in the photo) is flipped over for the cold couple months. I gave up. I’ve been zen’ing out with Nature’s luffa (snow angels), and the bucket rinse (one of the best ideas i’ve ever heard).

    After which, sitting outside on a cold Winter’s night, steam billowing, is akin to a cold dip. (and that’s about when i’ll take a sip of a libation from a drinking glass made entirely out of ice). Not sure if it’s the endorphins rushing or what, but man, oh, man I hope my wife never wants to leave the great 4 season state of Minnesota! I love it! You too?

    Back to the practicality of your question. In the same department at Fleet Farm, where you can purchase the 100 gallon feed tank, you can purchase this Tank Deicer. $42.99. You plug it in and put it in your feed tank. One of its great features, should the cold plunge enthusiast become too excited, is that it has a ‘fully grounded cord with metal anti-chew protector.’

    I haven’t used the tank deicer, but a couple buddies crazier than me have them and use them. I’ll check to see if the anti-chew protector has been a useful feature for them.

  7. Hey Jacob,

    I’ve used tank deicers to keep stock tanks clear, but they would definitely work for a cold plunge. Usually they run continuously, but that seems excessive if you only use it a couple times a week. I don’t know how long one would take to thaw a partially frozen tank, though I don’t see any reason it couldn’t do it. Throwing a piece of plywood over the top while it’s working would probably help. When it comes time to actually get in the tank I’d just unplug and remove the heater entirely. You’ll want the room to stretch out anyways.

  8. We use a Japanese soak tub. The most effective way we have found to keep the water relatively free of algae/bacteria growth is to add enough salt to bring it to 3 ppt. This water salinity keeps the water free of most things that grow and foul the tub via nature. The last bit of water lasted over a month, I only put in a mechanical fish filter once to remove the stuff that people bring into the water. I’ve been using an ocean water mix (I keep saltwater tanks) but regular salt with perhaps added epson salts might be a cheaper solution. This greatly reduces the need for replacing water.

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