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Outdoor saunas

Like regular saunas, outdoor saunas work the same way. Still, they have the fundamental characteristic of being resistant to the environment by having unique shapes, types of wood, and insulation. This allows them to be at the mercy of nature while giving you and your family a cozy place to enjoy the warmth of a sauna. An outdoor sauna is a perfect choice if you want to combine the benefits of a sauna and nature. In addition, an outdoor sauna can be ideal for those who do not have enough space inside their home to place an indoor sauna. While an indoor sauna requires a relatively large space inside the house or even a whole room, an outdoor sauna requires a custom and open space to be located.

Outdoor saunas

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Can a sauna be outside?

Of course! But it can’t be any type of home sauna. They have to be specially conditioned for the harsh environment they’ll be in. The two most significant factors that affect a sauna if it’s placed outdoors are rain and snow; if the sauna isn’t sealed correctly, especially if it’s a high-tech sauna with digital controllers, led lights, etc., it can be damaged by a heavy downpour or in general have a shorter lifetime, in the case of snow the previous point also applies, but now the weight of the snow has to be taken in account. A unique sauna made for the outdoors, or simply called “Outdoor sauna,” can take the challenges of nature without a problem.

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How much does an outdoor sauna cost?

According to a study made by homeguide, the average national cost of a sauna is $6,000; outdoor saunas tend to be more expensive because they are made to withstand the outside environment. The type of wood, size, and overall design of the sauna drastically affect its pricing. Home-brew research by us found that the average cost of an outdoor barrel sauna is $9900, outdoor cabin saunas are around $11000, and DIY saunas for outdoors are around $7500.

How much does an outdoor sauna cost?

According to a study made by homeguide, the average national cost of a sauna is $6,000; outdoor saunas tend to be more expensive because they are made to withstand the outside environment. The type of wood, size, and overall design of the sauna drastically affect its pricing. Home-brew research by us found that the average cost of an outdoor barrel sauna is $9900, outdoor cabin saunas are around $11000, and DIY saunas for outdoors are around $7500.

Are outdoor saunas expensive to run?

The average cost is $0.31 for a 20 minute home sauna session, which isn’t much different if it is indoor or outdoor. The one thing that might increase the difference between running an indoor vs. an outdoor sauna is that the indoor temperate doesn’t change as much as the outside temperature. If it’s much cooler outside, it will take longer for the sauna to heat to an ideal temperature increasing the time ran, thus the cost. Our price comes from the average electricity rate (12.52 cents kWh), the kilowatts of medium sauna heater (7.5 kW), and the amount of time ran (20 minutes).

Can I paint the outside of my sauna?

Yes, you can paint your sauna to match its aesthetics, but it isn’t as straightforward as painting any wall. Generally, wood is a tricky material to paint. Its rugged surface makes it tough to apply an even coating. If you use conventional wall paint, it won’t last.

On top of the usual hardships of painting wood, painting a sauna comes with an extra layer of difficulty. Meet ‘breathability,’ wood is the best material for a sauna, thanks to many benefits. Still, one thing that affects it more than other methods like cement, tiles, or other man-made materials is decay. According to a study by USDA, water is the main culprit in wood decay. Usually, wood loses the extra moisture by ‘breathing,’ but if you add a layer of paint, the water gets trapped, accelerating the decay process, therefore reducing your sauna’s lifetime.

Can I paint the outside of my sauna?

Yes, you can paint your sauna to match its aesthetics, but it isn’t as straightforward as painting any wall. Generally, wood is a tricky material to paint. Its rugged surface makes it tough to apply an even coating. If you use conventional wall paint, it won’t last.

On top of the usual hardships of painting wood, painting a sauna comes with an extra layer of difficulty. Meet ‘breathability,’ wood is the best material for a sauna, thanks to many benefits. Still, one thing that affects it more than other methods like cement, tiles, or other man-made materials is decay. According to a study by USDA, water is the main culprit in wood decay. Usually, wood loses the extra moisture by ‘breathing,’ but if you add a layer of paint, the water gets trapped, accelerating the decay process, therefore reducing your sauna’s lifetime.

What kind of paint do you use in a sauna?

Breathable wood paint is your sauna’s friend. A quick Google search will show you many options that claim to be breathable paints, which is somewhat true because most paints are breathable, but what you should be looking for is ‘how breathable.’ There are two main methods for checking how breathable paint is: Steam diffusion (SD) and moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR).
SD is widely used, and the lower the value, the better. You should be looking for wood paint with an SD value lower than 1.
MVTR is slightly more complicated than SD but is more specific; it tells you how much water vapor can pass through a meter square of a painted surface over 24 hours. The higher the value, the better. You should be looking for values higher than 1.6lb/10ft2/24h.

Wood oils can also be used to stain the exterior of your sauna, but just like paints, they need to be breathable.

Do outdoor saunas need electricity?

Not necessarily, the main factor that decides if a sauna needs electricity or not is the type of heater it uses. If the sauna you want to buy comes with a gas or wood-burning heater, it shouldn’t need electricity to run. On the contrary, if it uses an electric sauna heater, you need to provide it with the electricity required to run it.
As a side note, keep in mind that some high-end saunas come with tech features that need electricity, and they might not use an electric heater (although most do).

So if you want an outdoor sauna for your deck, inside the woods, or anywhere without a direct electrical connection, you should aim for a traditional outdoor sauna, one without an electric heater or high-tech.

Do outdoor saunas need electricity?

Not necessarily, the main factor that decides if a sauna needs electricity or not is the type of heater it uses. If the sauna you want to buy comes with a gas or wood-burning heater, it shouldn’t need electricity to run. On the contrary, if it uses an electric sauna heater, you need to provide it with the electricity required to run it.
As a side note, keep in mind that some high-end saunas come with tech features that need electricity, and they might not use an electric heater (although most do).

So if you want an outdoor sauna for your deck, inside the woods, or anywhere without a direct electrical connection, you should aim for a traditional outdoor sauna, one without an electric heater or high-tech.

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