Infrared sauna wood color and texture

March 6th, 2007

The look of your new FIR sauna cabin can be easily overlooked if you focus on usage details only, like heater type, warm-up time, comfort and so on. But probably you also want an infrared sauna box to fit the interior of your house well. In this case appearance is an important factor and you need to have an idea of how your sauna will look.

First thing you can do is to find the pictures of the model itself. Same model can exist in several modifications which use different wood types. Do not forget about other important aspects of wood such as toxicity and smell.

Looking at sauna pictures is a step in a right direction, but it is not enough. The fact is that many websites use “enhanced” pictures of a sauna, which were made to look good with image processing tools, like Photoshop. Many pictures are made too small to make out the details. So, if you order a sauna based only on digital pictures there can be a big disappointment when a sauna arrives. It may look completely different.

Think if you can find a place where you can see and try models you have selected. It is a best option I think. But if you can’t find a specific infrared sauna model in your neighborhood, you can look at real samples of wood of which it is made. Visit some woodworking and furniture shops and look at wood your future sauna is made of. Also you can try to find sample pictures on the Internet, using picture search on Google, Yahoo or other search engines. There are some specialized resources on the Web as well:

Common Furniture Woods – an article describing furniture woods with samples
Wood Profiles – a big list of wood profiles
WoodSampler – samples of wood from Woodwokers Association
Choosing wood for your furniture – another good article about furniture woods

Choosing wood can become entertaining in itself. Variety of wood colors and patterns is fascinating. I wish you enjoy your sauna not by only sitting in but also by looking at it.

NuSauna publishes Spring 2007 show schedule

March 4th, 2007

If you look for infrared saunas at shows and expos in your local area, take a look on NuSauna web pages where they announce plans for participation in various events. NuSauna is a distributor of Cedrus Saunas.

Sam’ Club Schedule
Road Show Schedule

SaunaGen announces infrared Royal Saunas series

March 2nd, 2007

A new line of infrared sauna models for year 2007, Royal Saunas, was recently announced by SaunaGen. Now, when the infrared sauna market sees new models introduced more often than before, when competition is rising, this is an expected move from such brand as SaunaGen.

Here is how SaunaGen official website describe what enhancements new saunas have:

What does separate The Royal Sauna Series from other competitors? The new design of the Royal Sauna provides the end user optimum use of infrared heat from the front, back and lower side, and the angled infrared sauna. The most direct contacts the end user receives from all infrared saunas are from the back heaters. Royal Sauna has now angled its front heaters directly towards the end user.

Front heaters become angled, and it is a good change from my point of view, since a person taking a sauna will get more even exposure to infrared. Other changes are rather cosmetic – a color therapy, an improved design and so on. Heater type is ceramic, the same as in old models. Looks like SaunaGen has decided not to switch to carbon. I’ve also noticed that 1-person model looks like it has no angled heaters – dimensions are too small for that.

In addition to infrared saunas, SaunaGen also offers a spa kit, which contains an eye mask, aromatherapy, a spa robe and a towel, a body massager and a floor mat.

SaunaGen – Royal Saunas Series

Traditional sauna building overview

March 1st, 2007

Nice overview of the traditional sauna building process can be found at Great Saunas website. Although filled with references to sauna kits sold by Great Saunas and written about traditional, not infrared saunas, this guide gives you a good overview of the sauna building. It can be handy if you going to build an infrared sauna, because an infrared sauna is similar in building to a traditional one. Thing are even easier with infrared – there is no water, so no need to worry about moisture.

This guide is adapted from the “Art of Sauna Building” book by Pertti Olavi Jalasjaa.

Take a look and check if there are any good ideas for you to use – Build Your Own Sauna… It’s Easy! by Great Saunas.

Infrared sauna review: CarbonFlex IG-520 by Saunatec

February 27th, 2007

Talking about new infrared sauna brands which use flat carbon sheets as a heating element in their saunas, a new line of infrared saunas, CarbonFlex from Saunatec clearly worths mentioning. I want to remind you, that Saunatec saunas are sold internationally by a group of companies which brand them under their own product names. These brands are Helo, Amerec, McCoy, Polar and Finnleo. I previously covered an older 2-person model from Saunatec, but this new line introduces a flat carbon heater technology.

The model in review – a 2-person CarbonFlex IG-520 D/IG-520 B:

Wood: Hemlock (IG-520 B also comes in red cedar modification).

External dimensions: Width: 48 in, Depth: 40 in, Height: 74 3/4 in (77 in for IG-520 B).

Heaters: Carbon heaters covering all side and back walls, and space under the bench.

Outlets: 120 V, 15 Amps, 1620 Watts.

Accessories: CD/AM/FM player, remote control, speakers, spot lighting, color therapy (IG-520 B only).

Warranty: Lifetime on wood and emitters (emitters are covered only if the sauna is used as a non-commercial product), 5 years for controls and electrical parts, and 1 year for speakers and a player.

Price: Approximately $2000 for IG-520 D.

CarbonFlex saunas are the first ones that I’ve seen that have carbon heater sheets on the whole surface of the wall. Other brands, like Sunlight Saunas, or EZe Products have large carbon heaters too, but they don’t cover the walls completely. In CarbonFlex saunas there is no cold spots on back and side walls. In the same time, they do not have heater on the floor as Sunlight Saunas have. CarbonFlex heaters are imported from Japan. Place of assembly of a sauna itself is not mentioned.

IG-520 B model is positioned as a “premium” model, and is little higher, has color therapy, outside and inside controls (unlike IG-520 D, which has a control panel only inside) and has red cedar wood option. IG-520 D has a latching system for assembly, while IG-520 B uses a buckling system. In all other ways these models look quite similar.

There is no page for these models at the official Saunatec website, so I give a link to one of the distributors – CarbonFlex infrared saunas. You can also find there an assembly guide for both IG-520 D and IG-520 B models.

Brighton Sauna discloses construction details for their heaters

February 27th, 2007

Not so long ago I’ve noticed the Brighton Sauna website has added details on internals of ceramic heater used in their saunas. Since companies don’t usually write about the nature of their far infrared heaters, I’ve thought it can be interesting:

Brighton Sauna does not use carbon heaters in our infrared saunas. We use ceramic heater rods that contain a thick pure ceramic casing over a glass tube wrapped in a thin conductive metal wire.

Link – Infrared Sauna Construction by Brighton Sauna