DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOGS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING SAUNA
Outdoor wood-burning saunas operate by bringing a warm, comforting flame to logs to produce heat. To build and maintain a fire with the appropriate temperature for your sauna, you have to be sure that you are using the right logs. You may be unsure of what type of wood to use for your sauna stove and wish to know more about the best type of wood. Possibly, you are also curious about how to use your stove efficiently, as well as unsure of how to feed it properly or which stones to use. Here is more about the different types of logs you can use for your sauna heater.
WHAT KIND OF WOOD SHOULD I USE FOR MY SAUNA HEATER?
The best part about the fact that your sauna stove operates by using a wood flame is that you have a variety of options for fuel. Ultimately, any kind of wood can be used for your sauna heater. While both softwoods and hardwoods can be used as fuel, here is where they differ:
Recommended Building Wood Types: Cedar, Oak, Aspen, Pine, Hemlock, Spruce
Trees that contain sap may release fumes or burning liquid when ignited and should be avoided.
Do not use painted or stained wood for your sauna heater, which can release harmful toxic fumes.
Be sure to use clean, seasoned firewood, which means it has been dried for an entire season.
Avoid using green wood that has been freshly cut from the forest. (Allow it to dry out until the moisture content has reached 20% or less.)
To identify good quality wood that is able to withstand intense changes in temperature, look for smooth, unvarying color and no broken knots.
Using the correct sauna stones for your sauna heater is just as important as using the best type of firewood. Special stones are required for operation, meaning typical stones found by the river or embedded in the dirt will simply not work. The stones must be the correct weight for heat retention.
BEST WAY TO FEED YOUR OUTDOOR WOOD-BURNING SAUNA
If you happen to be building your own sauna outside the home, you may be wondering if you should opt for an inside feed or an outside feed. It is recommended that you should settle on an inside feed, and here are three reasons why:
You will lose up to 25% of the heat inside the sauna if you choose to feed your stove from the outside.
Installing a chimney kit, which can be added on when purchasing a pre-built outdoor sauna, is cheaper than feeding through a wall. (metal framing and clearances required)
Feeding on the inside is aesthetically-pleasing, making the light cleanup required afterward worth it.
While any type of wood can be used for your outdoor wood-burning sauna, certain wood types are better than others for the job. Softwoods are better for building the exterior of your sauna due to slower heating time, faster burn, and heat absorption. A few examples of popular softwood types are pine, cedar, redwood, fir, and spruce. Although more expensive, hardwoods are better for your sauna stove because of their long, slow burn and ability to withstand drastic changes in temperature. Popular hardwood examples consist of oak, maple, walnut, cherry, birch, and poplar.
Try to stock wood, if possible, and only use clean seasoned wood. Avoid wood containing sap, as well as painted, stained, or green woods. Be sure to use the correct sauna stones for your sauna heater and remember that an inside feed is best for the ideal sauna experience.
If you have any other questions or concerns about your sauna stove or any other sauna-related inquiries, be sure to always use My Sauna World as your trusted resource.