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Sauna Stove

What Is A Sauna Stove?
There is a common misconception in the world of saunas that a sauna stove is the same thing as a sauna heater. This is not the case. A heater is a multi purpose device used to heat up rocks for all kinds of saunas, whether Turkish, Swedish or Finnish. A sauna stove is specific only to Finnish saunas, and is quite distinct for several reasons.

A heater is an electronic device. A stove is most often a barrel or an ancient smoke stove. Both aim to store mass amounts of heat in a pile of rocks for a long time. However, a stove keeps this temperature a mild 60-80 degrees. The feeling of warmth you get is derived from pouring water onto these stones.

Saunas that use stoves need to have some sort of ventilation system (most often a chimney) due to the fact that they use wood as their source of fuel. Obviously wood makes smoke and breathing in smoke is very bad for you.

Because the stove is the heart of any authentic Finnish sauna so if you are building one please spare no expense with the stove. It and it alone is the prime-determining factor in your level of enjoyment. If it burns out of control and you cannot control the temperature of your sauna, its healing properties are useless.

Generally men prefer hotter sauna stoves then women or children, so you should be aware of who is planning on using your sauna before buying the stove. While a Finnish presents very little health risk to those who are enjoying it, you'll want everyone to be as comfortable as possible, while still getting maximum benefit from the device.

Benefits of A Sauna Stove
Luckily, stoves are usually safer than heaters. The casing of a stove never gets burning hot, unlike a heater. If you have children in the sauna they will undoubtedly be curious about the stove and the soothing steam shooting off of it. While they should never touch it, on the odd chance that they do, they will not be badly injured.

Stoves also consume less energy than a heater. This difference is, when a heater is turned on it immediately begins heating the entire sauna. This can be wasteful if people are not in there using it. A stove on the other hand, sits and simmers as it builds heat. The stove with a closed lid will store the heat until it is needed. When it is needed, simply raise the lid and all the heat is released.

Having a stove will also save you money on paneling. If panels are kept too hot for too land, as they are in a dry heater sauna, the paneling dries up and cracks. This may result in having to change the paneling every two years.

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