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The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Outdoor Saunas

Can you put a steam sauna outside?

Yes, but be sure to consider weather resistance of the sauna as it is exposed to the elements. It should be resistant to rain, snow, wind and extreme temperatures. Proper ventilation is crucial to prevent buildup of moisture and mold. The foundation needs to be strong, secure and not susceptible to sinking or shifting over time. Consider the proximity to power sources, and any local regulations regarding outdoor structures and permitting concerns.

Is it worth it to get an outdoor sauna?

The value of a sauna comes down to what you want out of it and the savings you could have from its use. Consider the health benefits, of course, but also the convenience, the space and privacy as opposed to going to a spa or gym, cost savings especially over time with more use and the value it could add to your property. 

How long do outdoor saunas last?

In general, outdoor saunas are designed to last for many years. Most saunas can endure anywhere from 15 to 25 years, provided they receive proper care and maintenance. It's crucial to regularly tend to both the exterior and interior of the sauna to keep it in good condition and maximize its lifespan.

GDI-8202-01 Narvik Indoor or Outdoor Sauna

What should I look for in an outdoor sauna?

Choose a sauna that can withstand outdoor elements, ensuring it's weatherproof against sun, wind, and rain exposure. When deciding on the type of heater, weigh the benefits of electric and wood-burning options. Always prioritize safety when using an outdoor sauna, taking into account potential risks associated with its placement and use in an open environment.

Do outdoor saunas get moldy?

Traditional saunas achieve high temperatures by heating the air with steam, leading to increased exposure to moisture. The higher moisture levels in traditional saunas pose a greater risk of mold and mildew formation. Ensure you have good ventilation and always air it out well after each use. Regular maintenance can help prevent the buildup of moisture causing mold.

Do you need a drain in an outdoor sauna?

Most residential saunas do not require a drain. Commercial saunas that are large and have more excess water from many bathers and humidity should have one. It can be helpful for cleaning purposes especially if using a hose.

What is the best shape for a sauna?

Saunas that are more round or curved help prevent air pockets. A barrel sauna, because it is circular lends itself to the best air circulation, as does a ‘pod’ type sauna with curved walls and a curved roof.

Mini POD Outdoor Sauna

How much does it cost to run an outdoor sauna?

The cost to run an outdoor sauna depends on various factors, including the type of sauna, its size, insulation, heating source, and local energy rates. On average, electrically heated saunas may cost around $1 to $5 per hour to operate. Wood-burning saunas might be more cost-effective but involve the ongoing expense of wood. It's recommended to check with the sauna manufacturer for specific energy consumption details and consider local utility rates for a more accurate estimate.

Where is the best place to put an outdoor sauna?

Place it on a level foundation that won’t shift or sink over time. Its life can be extended if it is protected from some of the elements such as under an overhang or covered patio. Consider privacy, ventilation, safety and accessibility. Lastly local regulations and permitting that may be required.

Can you use an outdoor sauna in the winter?

Many people find outdoor saunas particularly enjoyable during colder months. The heat from the sauna provides a contrast to the chilly outdoor temperatures, creating a cozy and invigorating experience. Dress appropriately for the weather when entering and exiting the sauna. Cold temperatures can be a shock to the system, so wear warm clothing when going back outside. If your area experiences heavy snowfall, be prepared to clear snow around the sauna to ensure safe access and ventilation.

How do you power an outdoor sauna?

When deciding on the power source for your outdoor sauna, consider factors such as cost, convenience, and local regulations. It's crucial to follow manufacturer recommendations and safety guidelines, and for any electrical work, it's advisable to consult with a licensed electrician. Apart from wood-burning stoves that obviously require wood as a fuel source, electric heaters of different sizes will require special electrical connections. Most require a dedicated circuit. Read the manufacturer's specifications and always have a certified electrician install your electrical. 

What is the price to build an outdoor sauna?

An outdoor sauna built as a standalone structure and crafted from wood are usually placed on a concrete or gravel foundation (for proper drainage. The cost of a personalized, standard-sized (2 person) outdoor sauna typically falls in the range of $2,500 to $5,500 but of course depending on the dimensions and the wood type selected. That would also likely not include the price of the stove and rocks.

SaunaLife Barrel Sauna E7G

Here you will find our full Outdoor Sauna collection.

Check out the many barrel saunas from several brands that can be used with an electric heater with rocks, or a wood-burning stove.

If it is an infrared sauna you want in your outdoor space, visit our outdoor infrared collection.

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