The Barrel Sauna has many advantages in its design aside from its architectural uniqueness...
Since heat rises, much of the heat in a square sauna is trapped at the top. The curvature of barrel saunas allow for heat to be pushed back down to the walls closer to the occupant as more heat is produced by the heater.
QUICKER HEAT TIME
Traditional square saunas have more cubic feet of air space to heat, much of which is unused. The circular design of barrel saunas eliminates that unused space by 23%, ultimately allowing the sauna room to heat up 23% quicker under the same conditions.
NO NEED FOR INSULATION
You may be concerned when you hear that the sauna is not insulated. But not to worry!!! Similar to that of a log house, cedar provides natural insulation properties as many tiny air pockets are trapped inside the cellulose construction. Adding insulation will only attract mold and become infested with rodents overtime creating a potential health hazard.
Cedar is widely considered to be the best sauna building material for several reasons. Along with its natural insulation properties, cedar is naturally resistant to decay, insects, and mold/fungus. It is also one of the most stable soft woods known and does not become hot to the touch. Cedar also has an enjoyable scent that is only enhanced with heat and steam. The color and grain of the wood make it the most beautiful sauna wood available.
Barrel saunas require very little maintenance. The only major maintenance needed, if you choose to, is keeping up with the finish.
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