Guest post series continues.
Our stove is a second hand beauty from good friends (one, Bruce, who passed away in March).
Bruce would take so much pleasure in all this, and in the amount of pleasure we are all reaping from it.
This was an enormously satisfying project.
Last year we had enjoyed sauna trucks on the edge of lake Baikal, in Siberia. In those trucks, the body of the wood stove was inside the sauna, but the stove was built into the side of the truck, so it could be loaded from the outside.
It was such an enjoyable experience that we endeavored to build one of our own. Though I helped with the design and a few practical elements, my husband Jim did all the work.
We put the sauna on concrete posts and put a screen underneath the cedar flooring, so bugs can’t get in.
We snugged the flooring close together but there are little cracks here and there due to some warp that was in the boards when we got them.
The spaces are likely to get a little wider over the years but even now, we could dump buckets of water over our heads and it didn’t pool anywhere. It would just go through the cracks. Jim made a slight slope on the earth under the floor, so water will just drain into our pond. So far it seems to work great.
The dimensions: the hot room is 7’x8′. The screened in, attached porch is 5’x8′. So the total dimensions are 12’x8’
We used a spring ball catch on the top of the hot room door. That works just great.
We used local drift wood for the door handles. Also terrific.
We gathered rocks on the beach. Growing up in VT, I thought I knew what granite is, and that is what I looked for. But there are rocks that look like granite but aren’t. Since the look-alikes are not igneous rocks, I was nervous. But I did the best I could and we used the onces I was more sure of and so far, no exploding rocks 🙂
We really liked gathering the local bay leaves and making a tea of them to both drink and pour on the hot rocks.
The whole experience is amazing. We ended up spending about $5,500. I expect it is already worth it.
Thanks loads for all your kind help. With warm regards,
cw & jim