I picked up my $9,300 mobile sauna shell from Eric, Voyageur Custom Saunas. What a great time to bare down and build an awesome mobile sauna. The garage is a perfect work station. We can apply a few hours each day to advancing the Finnish product, our own health and wellness mobile retreat.
Please welcome to the video chronology of turning this mobile trailer shell into a really awesome mobile sauna!
Day 1A: foil wrap. Creating a sputnik foil insulated thermo heat insulator thermolator
Day 2, tongue and groove
Day 3 is more of that.
Day 4 – 10 deep Wim Hof breaths and procuring stove pipe material from the big box outlet. For many this is the least favorite part of building a sauna, including me. But we need to purchase the stove and chimney pipes and components for our wood fired sauna stove. In addition to information in my ebook, you can click here for a detailed list of what you need.
Day 5: pivoting away from building common wall to building sauna benches.
Day 7: The Common Wall. I elected to go with 2×2’s instead of 2×4’s for two reasons: weight and space. We gain 2″ by using 2×2’s in stead of 2×4’s which is something more than nothing, and every inch counts when we are designing a sauna within a 7’x12′ ice fish house chassis. And same goes for weight. Sure we’re going to put in a 450 lb. stove, but this is our choice of no compromise. Anyhow, here’s the common wall going up:
Day 9: Having lunch with Plumb Bob, a critical partner in crime who allows us to define exactly where our stove is going to go, and by extension from that, exactly where our chimney stack is going to go. This is a stage where, unless we get Plumb Bob in the mix, we may be more apt to really screw things up, painting ourselves in a corner by having to cut a rafter to fit in the chimney or forgetting about heat shields or air gaps, so that we have to rip things apart to fit, or sell out and have to purchase expensive elbows to fit our stove into a space that we didn’t initially intend.
Welcome Plumb Bob:
Day 11, working through a little lull in the action and a bit of shortness of energy. We are able to show you how stove surround is very important. We like a double course of durarock, with 1″ or 1 1/2″ air gap. This air gap works exceptionally well as we are able to encourage cooler air from below to circulate up through the chamber, keeping our wall cool. Further, the inside layer of durarock doubles as a thermal mass actuator, a fancy word for providing heat mass for our hot room.
Day 14: Hair is getting unruly, but we have turned a major corner, and you’ll get a good assessment of the end zone. A messy day of hot room door building and side bench building, where after dealing with this the taste of a nICE cold beer is sure welcome.
Day 17, stove is in and crackling away!
The final day! 60 labor hours and 17 days. I was able to take the first sauna in this new mobile sauna after completing all the Finnishing touches. There are a couple things not shown, like putting in a floor drain, but ultimately this is the best I can offer in terms of helping you with your mobile sauna build project. Hope this inspires and thanks for watching!