In ancient times, sauna heaters were nothing more than shallow fire pits dug in the ground covered by two or three layers of stones to heat the sweat huts.
The first wooden sauna cabins were built in Finland in the fifth to eighth centuries. Since then, the sauna stove has evolved from wood-burning fires, to modern electric and gas heaters, and even to futuristic infrared technology.
When evaluating the many options available in sauna heaters, the first consideration for you will be the cost, followed by functionality. If you can’t operate a wood-fired heater in your sauna, you have a few other choices. Let’s take a brief look at the different sauna stoves:
The stove is encased so there’s no chance of any electric shock by water getting to the heating elements. This heater can also be used without water for a hot dry air sauna experience.
A gas stove will require a licensed electrician and HVAC professional to hook it up to the gas line but if your home already uses gas heat, this is the way to go.
One thing you’ll want to keep in mind when shopping for residential sauna heaters is the warm-up time. A sauna stove can take as long as 40 minutes to warm up, which is one reason so many sauna users opt to get a far infrared heater, which will heat up to the correct temperature (up to 140° F) in as little as 10 minutes.
There are pros and cons to each type of heater, so it is best to take some time to educate yourself about sauna heaters. With a little knowledge you’ll see how easy it is to select the best possible stove for your home sauna as well as your budget.
Swedish Sauna Stoves Made by Tylo - Outstanding safety features include a thermo-safe design that offers a low surface temperature.
Polar Sauna Stoves - Gentle Heat and Steam - Beautiful red enamel exterior makes these stoves very attractive.
Heat Your Sauna with a Vico Propane Sauna Heater - Less costly to operate and lasts substantially longer than an electric heater.