A portable sauna is made of western red cedar that is naturally rot resistant and antimicrobial. The Surf Sauna is built to accommodate two to eight people and although it's built for winter surfers, it can be used for other activities beyond surfing. The hardware and chassis are made from galvanized and stainless steel, according to the New Hampshire-based company.
Western red cedar is often used for saunas, including those built by Glenn Auerbach in Minnesota. He says in Scandinavia, many saunas are paneled with white spruce. Auerbach advises staying way from pine and if you need to save money, look for recycled cedar to use in an outdoor sauna.
Cedar tongue and groove is used throughout this sauna. The "candle window" is an extra feature that Glenn Auerbach, an outdoor sauna builder who operates SaunaTimes.com, says can create a feeling of openness in an outdoor sauna.
Outdoor saunas can offer health benefits and relaxation as well as serve as a unique spot to socialize with friends and family, according to Glenn Auerbach, a sauna builder who blogs at SaunaTimes.com.
A rectangular window higher up on the wall of the front of this outdoor sauna acts as a transom window to bring in light and give some definition to the outdoor room. Glenn Auerbach, a Minnesota sauna builder who blogs at SaunaTimes.com, also says a transom gives people using the sauna a panoramic view.
The "Earth House" sauna is constructed with stone, log timbers and a green roof, which hosts a combination of dwarf evergreens and ornamental grasses. The stone walls give the sauna a solid, grounded appearance and an artistic, craftsman quality. It was built by Outdoor Craftsmen, a Colorado company.
Using cedar tongue and groove can create a gorgeous outdoor sauna space for the ultimate in relaxation. Glenn Auerbach, who also blogs at SaunaTimes.com, often uses western red cedar for the saunas he builds in Minnesota.