Saunas are very efficient because they are only consuming electricity when they are being used. A sauna costs about as much as running a dryer or a stove. A normal sauna can be up to optimim use in 25 minutes including warm up time. Wood fired saunas are the least expensive if you have a large supply of wood.
Mostly because of ancient traditions. Wherever the Finns lived, there has traditionally been a sauna nearby their residences. In the early days of Finnish history, it was a small wooden hut near a lake, and people used it not only for cleaning themselves, but also for childbirths, some medical operations and other duties that required a clean, bacteria-free environment. Today, practically all houses in Finland have a sauna. In urban areas, you usually have one per building, but even in a relatively small apartment it is not a rare piece of luxury these days. This being the case, Finns discover at an early age what a refreshing way it is to clean oneself both physically and mentally. The tradition is not a dying one either.
The basic parts are the stove ("kiuas"), filled with fist-sized stones, and the benches or platforms ("lauteet"), made of wood (anecdotes of metal benches in the saunas of some Finnish-built Russian warships are told :). There are usually two benches, one of which is higher (the seat) and the other one lower (place to rest your feet on, or another seat if you feel it's too hot). These are what all saunas have. The modern saunas have the usual shower and dressing rooms too, but the traditional ones near a lake or sea (usually in the vicinity of a summer cabin, or built in one) do not require anything but a stove for heating and a bench to sit down on -- you can do the cleansing in the lake. The stove is traditionally fuelled by wood, but electrically heated saunas are common due to their safe, easy and clean use. The average sauna has room for 3-6 people at a time.
There are no rules, only guidelines. Finns like their traditions, but do not enforce them on themselves or foreigners. Usually you bathe together with your family. If you are with friends or others that aren't family members, men and women take turns bathing separately. Most public saunas are separate for men and women, but not all. You take all your clothes off (this is not a rule, mind you; if someone wants to use a towel or bathing suite, it's not a breach of any important etiquette), go and sit down on the benches and relax. The air is not particularly humid at first (there is no visible steam), and when you feel like it, you throw some water on the stones to increase humidity. This causes the water to vaporize very quickly, and it makes the bathers feel a momentary breath of hot air on their backs. It may be uncomfortable, if the stove is too hot or if you use too much water, and in those cases it helps to step down on the lower bench, or to go out entirely. This is also perfectly acceptable, and first-time sauna bathers shouldn't feel obligated to stay in if they don't feel like it. The basic goal is to enjoy and relax, and sweat. After you've done enough of that, you go to the showers, and/or swim in the lake, depending on the facilities. After swimming or showering, you can go back to the sauna, and repeat this cycle as many times as you want.
This varies according to the bathers' wishes. Usually the temperature is between 60°C and 110°C, the widely-agreed-upon ideal temperature being somewhere around 85°degrees. Sometimes (after a few drinks) Finnish men engage in an unhealthy competition over who can stay in a hot sauna the longest time. This is not the way sauna is meant to be enjoyed, not to mention that it can be dangerous. Also, you shouldn't engage in excessive drinking in a sauna. A cold beer after sauna, however, tastes usually great.
Some do, most don't. This is a habit that requires a healthy heart and a bit of courage, but it is practised, and there are some enthusiasts who think sauna in the winter is nothing without a quick swim in the snow or freezing water. Of course, others think this is sheer madness.
The great thing about saunas is they only consume power when you're using it. The heaters used by Northern Lights are rated at 7.5Kw. This means for every hour the elements are on the heater will consume 7.5 Kw of power. At current hydro rates (7 cents per Kwh ) the sauna heater will use 52.5 cents worth of power for every full hour the heater is active. A 1 hr sauna session with a 1/2 hr heat up will consume no more than 79 cents of hydro. This number is actually higher than reality because of the insulation value of the wood which will cause the heater to shut off once the interior has reached desired temperature. Of coarse the wood fired hot tubs cost nothing other than your sweat equity to chop some wood.
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Many sauna manufacture (mostly from Asia) use cheaper woods such as hemlock, pine or spruce. Their marketers have coined a phrase "hypo allergetic wood". This is one of the lowest marketing tactics I have seen to date. This is being done in order to give some precived value to an otherwise very low valued wood. The fact is that cedar produces no off gases or saps. There have been documented cases of allergies developing from prolonged exposure to cedar dust such as a saw mill workers. I have yet to come acros a single case of any one being allergic to cedar in any other way. Cedar is the number one wood of choice for sauna manufacturers and builders, however it is also one of the most expensive and thus the slanderous remarks.
We feel that being honest is a much better policy to win your trust rather than trying to lure you with near impossible statements such as life time warranty. Nothing lasts forever ! Our warranty policy is simple, we offer a 3 year warranty on everything we sell. With this warranty you will get NO hastle next business day replacement (if shipping service permits). However, as a valued customer you will get full engineering support through the life time ownership of your product. Our heaters do carry longer warranties as we pass on the manufacture warranties from our suppliers and this is where you will find the "lifetime quarantees".
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No not any more, we used to have catalgues and brochures but we have since made a leap ahead into cyber world, and are now using our website as the most accurate and up to-date information guide. The internet now allows us to provide our customers with a much larger wealth of information without the associated costs of print media. However, if you do have a question you can call us anytime and we most certainly will help. If you are working on a larger project, you can take advantage of our engineering support at no cost.
For complete sauna kits including infrared, barrel, and DIY kits, please allow 3-4 weeks delivery. These kits are shipped via our preferred freight forwarder company and where possible we will schedule residential tailgate delivery (curbside). Heaters and accessories are usually in stock unless otherwise displayed. These are shipped via courier or Canada Post and usually are 4-5 day delivery service. We do have expedited shipping services available for an additional fee. Please call us if you need a rush order. Once your order has been shipped you will be contacted via email and a tracking number will be provided.
No our saunas are made in Canada and fall under the NAFTA free trade agreement. Therefore US customers pay no sales taxes or duties. 6% GST will be added to Canadian customers invoices. Manitoba residents will pay both PST 7% and GST 6%.
We want you to be 100% satisfied with your purchase, if you are not, ship it back to us in the original packaging condition and we will refund your purhase less a 10% restocking fee. Refund offer valid for 30 days from receipt of product.
Hybrid Technology is the most advanced, medically effective sauna on the market. It uses deep penetrating Infrared technology from carbon ceramic panel heaters that maximize body coverage. At the same time the traditional Finnish rock heater quickly brings up inside temperature to the bathers comfort level (no need to wait). Because effective infrared occurs between 4-14 microns, there is very little air heat created in a properly designed IR sauna. With the addition of a Finnish heater users have full control over the enviornmental temperature inside the sauna. With Hybrid Technology, bathers can even add water which aids in opening the pores. Even light bathing is possible in the Hybrid Sauna as well as aromatherapy. The Hybrid Sauna meets the needs of all types of bathers.
The most important thing to look at is materials and workmanship when investing in a sauna. Our Hybrid Saunas and Barrel Saunas are made with 1 1/2" thick Western Red Cedar. Compare this to other companies and you will quickly see the difference in quality and workmanship. Our saunas are designed for longetivity. We believe customers buy our products because they work! You won't find a TV or other gimics devices included with our products. But you will find quality materials such as stainless steel heaters and straps, and we back all our products with great customer servicing and technical support.
We think so! There has been much of research on this subject but the two items that are consistant are: 1.) that a greater surface area will cover more body area. 2.) Cooler temperatures produce Infared at a spectrum closest to the bodies (9.4 microns). The patented carbon ceramic heaters accomplish both these criteria with its large surface area and 190 degree surface temperature. Because the Magicyura heater is sandwiched between two layers of fiberglass, they are also virtually indistructable.