How Long To Heat Up My Outdoor Sauna?

How Long To Heat Up My Outdoor Sauna?

The matter of heat up time for any sauna will be a matter of personal bather preference and outdoor weather conditions.  What I mean by this, is that each sauna bather enjoys their experience uniquely.  Some folks want to be in the room from the start up so that they can experience the heat gradually rise from room temperature up to the desired high temperature.  Others want to enter the sauna at the exact high temp that they prefer.  And finally, everyone enjoys their sauna experience at a different temperature point.
October 05, 2022 — Tim Zilis
Manufacturer Spotlight: Almost Heaven Barrel Saunas

Manufacturer Spotlight: Almost Heaven Barrel Saunas

Almost Heaven Saunas got their start creating barrel saunas, which in 1977, was about as cutting edge as you could get in the sauna industry.  Today, they create outdoor barrel saunas as well as outdoor cabin saunas that utilize wood burning stoves or electric heaters with Wi-Fi controls for the ultimate in convenience.  Almost Heaven Saunas has expanded their product line with Indoor Sauna Rooms that can utilize Infra-Red Sauna panels or Electric Finnish Rock Sauna heaters.  They truly offer every type of sauna experience that a bather could want including the Hampton and Newport Saunas which incorporate both Infra-Red and Rock Sauna heat into the same room.  In a word, revolutionary!
August 18, 2022 — Tim Zilis
Manufacturer Spotlight: Finlandia Sauna

Manufacturer Spotlight: Finlandia Sauna

Finlandia Sauna is one of the oldest sauna brands in the United States.  They have been creating great sauna products since 1964.  They specialize in wonderful Finnish Sauna Stoves and Heaters that are manufactured in Finland and sold in the United States and Canada.  Finlandia sauna is still managed by the founding family out of the Finlandia Business Park in Portland, Oregon.
August 16, 2022 — Tim Zilis
Steam Shower Installation Frequently Asked Question, Get Answered Right Here!

Steam Shower Installation Frequently Asked Question, Get Answered Right Here!

How should I run the steam line?

Always use brass or copper piping.  PVC or PEX pipe is not allowed for steam installation.  The steam line should never be installed in such a way as to create a “U” in the line.  Piping in this manner will create a trap in the steam line which will collect condensation.  The subsequent back pressure can become a danger. 
All residential steam generators are designed for atmospheric operation only and any back pressure created by the “trap” will force the pressure release valve to open.
The steam line should always be installed with a slight pitch either toward the generator or toward the shower. This pitch should be ¼” per foot.  This will allow the water and condensation to drain from the steam line.
Steam line installation should use unions for all connections.  In the unlikely event that your steam unit needs servicing, this will make removal much less time consuming.
Use a 220-degree rated fiber glass insulation on the steam lines as the steam will cool the longer it travels through the steam line.
Always use copper or brass fittings for your steam installation. SharkBite connectors are not approved for this application.
January 27, 2022 — Tim Zilis
Incorporate Style and Design to Create a Truly Custom Sauna Room

Incorporate Style and Design to Create a Truly Custom Sauna Room

We spend more time and effort on home interior design than ever before. We are now able to create the exact look and feel of every aspect of our home. Why not apply the same attention to detail with the design of your own custom sauna room?

The days of using a pine “hot-box” as your personal sauna are behind us. With today’s new construction materials, you can create the precise look and feel that you desire. Let’s look at some of the materials that can be used to set your sauna apart from the typical sauna found at most health clubs.

Unconventional materials such as glass, stone and slate are becoming popular. These materials are challenging traditions and giving people a luxurious feel maximizing space and light.



January 21, 2022 — Tim Zilis
Indoor Sauna Room with HUUM electric sauna heater

Installation of a Panel Built Almost Heaven Pinnacle Indoor Sauna Room with HUUM Electric Sauna Heater System

You might be wondering what it takes to install a panel-built sauna room in your own home.

Our recent experience helping a customer install their very own indoor sauna will help to answer all your questions.  Whether you plan to build it yourself or have our installation team build it for you, the steps and the result will be the same. 

December 02, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Indoor Panel Built Sauna Room

Four Types of Sauna for Every Home - Panel-Built Sauna, Standard-Cut Sauna, Custom-Cut Sauna and Barrel Sauna

There are four typical styles of sauna room: Panel Built, Standard Cut, Custom Cut, and Barrel Saunas.

Each type of sauna has unique benefits which can ease the construction of your perfect sauna room. There are also cost benefits between the different types of sauna rooms. A good understanding of where you will construct your sauna room and how you will be using your sauna room will help determine the best type of sauna room for your needs.

November 09, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Sauna Room Cleaner

The Complete Guide to Sauna Room Cleaning

A sauna can be a great addition to any home, but it also requires maintenance. This article will provide you with the information you need to keep your sauna room clean and clear of bacteria so that you can enjoy it safely!
October 29, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Indoor Sauna Room with Finlandia Sauna Heater

How To Build A Sauna

Have you ever dreamed of having a beautiful and healthy sauna in your own home?  If you have, you probably were unsure of how to get started.  The following pointers should help to get you on your way.  And remember, if you have any questions that need answers feel free to call the team at Finnish Sauna Builders.  We are here to help you create the sauna of your dreams.   

October 23, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Dundalk Sauna Room

Sauna Room Top Tips

How is a Finnish Sauna different from other baths? 

A sauna requires an insulated room, clad in a softwood such as Cedar Wood.  It also needs a heater which can raise the room temperature to around 180 degrees.  When the stones are hot enough, a small splash of water will create a nice blast of steam to raise the humidity level for a brief time.  Remember, a dry sauna differs from a steam bath as a sauna room is typically 255 humidity while a steam shower is 100% humidity. 

October 23, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Barrel Sauna Room

How to Install a Sauna Room In Your Home

Have you ever dreamed of having your own Finnish Sauna Room right in your own home?  It might be easier than you think.  With a little research, a touch of carpentry experience and some good old fashioned hard work, you can create a safe and wonderful sauna experience right in your own home. 

October 23, 2021 — Tim Zilis
Steam Shower Heart

Which Steam Shower Package Should I Choose?

When deciding which system to purchase you will want to focus on the quality of construction, proper steam generator size, functionality and style of the control system, length of warranty and safety certifications.

October 23, 2021 — Tim Zilis