Here's why Andrew Huberman recommends a traditional sauna.
Studies indicate that temperature (the higher the better) is the most important factor in determining health benefits from sauna use.Read More
The time it takes to heat a traditional outdoor sauna will depend on factors such as the size of the sauna, the type of heater, and the outdoor temperature. Generally, it can take anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour for a traditional sauna to reach the desired temperature of 160-200°F (70-90°C).
Planning permission requirements for outdoor saunas can vary depending on your location and local regulations. It's important to check with your local planning authority to determine if permission is needed and to ensure your sauna complies with building codes and regulations.
- Barrel saunas: These saunas are designed with a cylindrical shape, resembling a large barrel laid on its side. The unique shape offers efficient heat circulation and requires less energy to heat the interior. Barrel saunas are often made from cedar or other high-quality woods, providing a natural, aromatic experience.
- Cabin saunas: Cabin saunas, also known as garden saunas, are rectangular or square structures that resemble small cabins or sheds. These saunas typically have more interior space and can include additional features such as windows, multiple rooms, or built-in seating. Cabin saunas can be built from various materials, with cedar, spruce, and pine being popular choices.
- Mobile saunas: Mobile saunas are portable structures built on a trailer or wheels, allowing for easy transportation and setup in different locations. These saunas often come in smaller sizes and can be either barrel or cabin-style, depending on the design. Mobile saunas are ideal for those who want the flexibility to enjoy a traditional sauna experience in various settings.
A solid, level foundation is essential for an outdoor sauna. This can be achieved by using materials such as concrete, paving stones, or a wooden deck. A proper foundation helps to ensure stability, proper drainage, and overall longevity of the sauna.
While cedar is a popular choice for outdoor saunas due to its durability, natural resistance to decay, and pleasant aroma, other wood options such as spruce or pine can also be used. Ultimately, the choice of wood will depend on factors such as personal preferences, budget, and availability.
The lifespan of an outdoor sauna depends on factors such as the quality of materials, construction, and maintenance. With proper care and upkeep, a well-built outdoor sauna can last for 15-20 years or even longer.
Both infrared and traditional saunas offer unique benefits. Traditional saunas provide a higher, more intense heat and higher humidity levels, while infrared saunas use far-infrared heat to penetrate deeper into the body.
Overall though, the (high) temperature of your sauna is the most important factor in disease prevention and longevity of life according to research. For these purposes, traditional saunas are better. Read about what Andrew Huberman has to say around the topic traditional versus infrared saunas here.
Yes, proper ventilation is essential for an outdoor sauna to ensure optimal airflow, maintain a comfortable temperature, and prevent the buildup of moisture. Ventilation also helps to promote a safe and healthy sauna experience by reducing the risk of mold and mildew growth.