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  • What's the Difference between Hemlock and Red Cedar in Sauna Construction?

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    Few people take into consideration the type of wood used in the construction of their home sauna. Believe it or not, the wood is an important factor in your decision making and the production process of your infrared sauna's manufacturer. Producers build saunas using hemlock and red cedar the majority of the time because these woods are strong, resilient, and low in toxicity once they have been kiln dried. As you search for a new infrared sauna for your home, you'll have to decide between hemlock and red cedar. So, what's the difference?

     

    What's considered during Construction?

    When manufacturers are building infrared saunas, there are a number of different characteristics of wood that they take into consideration. Among the most important are the following:

    • Wood toxicity: As alluded to above, toxicity of wood is heavily weighed during the selection process. You use an infrared sauna to flush toxins from your body, so wood needs to respond properly to kiln heating to remove natural oils and resins that could reduce the detox benefits of a sauna.
    • Wood weight: Heavier wood makes the production process of an infrared sauna more expensive because more hardware needs to be used to secure the construction of the sauna.
    • Shrinkage: As your sauna heats up and cools down over time, the wood is bound to crack or splinter. Woods that are more resistant to shrinkage are ideal in providing longer usage life to infrared saunas.
    • Crushing strength: While construction strength and durability of wood are taken into consideration, it is also important to ensure that wood won't crack or give under the pressure of human weight while in use.

     

    Hemlock Infrared Saunas

    Hemlock is one of the most popular types of wood used in the production of infrared saunas. The wood is light in color and comes with a lower cost, making it more affordable from the outset to build saunas using hemlock. On top of that, the heavier weight (compared to red cedar) and greater crushing strength make it less expensive to produce as heavy-duty fixtures aren't required to secure the end product.

    Additionally, hemlock is more resistant to shrinkage, giving it a longer usage life compared to others as it resists cracking and splitting. Finally, hemlock is non-allergenic, non-toxic, and has little to no wood aroma, making it beneficial to your body and creating an enjoyable atmosphere for any users.

     

    Red Cedar Infrared Saunas

    Red cedar is an increasingly popular choice as a construction material for infrared saunas. Red cedar is more expensive to procure, but it is lighter in weight than hemlock and extremely strong in its own right. This means it's less expensive to construct than other wood models because, again, heavy-duty fixtures and hardware aren't often required to build a secure product. Like hemlock, red cedar is non-toxic, though a small percentage of users may experience an allergic reaction to the natural oils and resins in red cedar. Many people find that the intense aroma of red cedar adds a little something extra to the sauna experience.

     

    Whether the Hemlock or Red Cedar Infrared Sauna is right for you, Saunas and Stuff, CA has what you’re looking for. With free shipping to most major Canadian metropolitan areas, Saunas and Stuff makes it easy to purchase a Sauna for your home!

  • Why It’s a Good Idea to Stretch in Your Sauna

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    There are many health benefits one can experience from regular sauna use and some would say there are even more health benefits to be had from regular infrared sauna use. Either way, reaping the benefits from regular sauna use can be enhanced with certain activities, and we’ve got one in mind that anyone can do!

    One word: STRETCH. Stretching is one of the best things that you can do for your body, and it can be even better for you when done during a sauna session. Your stretching doesn’t have to be too extreme, even light stretching to loosen and extend your muscles is beneficial. When you combine the heat from your sauna with the effects of stretching your muscles, you’re increasing the health benefits for your body.

    Heat from your sauna helps to flush out lactic acid in your body, which helps release tension from your muscles. By stretching and sweating from the heat of the sauna, you are loosening up your muscles, increasing your flexibility, as well as flushing out this lactic acid. Whether you’re stretching in a traditional sauna or an infrared sauna, you are bound to reap similar benefits.

    Stretching can be a relaxing form of exercise that works to improve your body as you burn calories. Although it is not an aggressive form of exercise, when you are in the presence of the heat from the sauna, your body has to work harder when stretching, increasing how much you are sweating and the toxins that are released from your body. Although this may seem like it has a relatively low-impact on your body, you’re likely to increase weight loss just by increasing the amount of time you take to stretch during your sauna sessions.

    With weight loss and the release of toxins, you are bound to improve the health of the systems within your body. Stretching is meant to be a relaxing form of exercise and it is often accompanied with meditation. As you stretch and feel better physically, you are more likely to let loose mentally and emotionally too, and give your mind a chance to relax along with your body!

    You’re less likely to put extra wear or tear on your muscles when you stretch in your sauna because your muscles are warmed up by the heat. This helps you avoid pulling muscles by over-extending them before they are warm enough. Your heart is also pumping well, as your blood vessels are dilated from the heat, bringing more oxygen to the muscles and in turn, helping them stretch better.

    From your insides to your outsides, stretching daily through your sauna session can lead to a lot of health improvements and benefits for your body. Your body is your instrument and it is extremely important to take care of it. Carefully try stretching in your sauna to see the difference it can make!

    If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of owning your own home infrared sauna, check out our selection, here! We even ship free to most major Canadian metropolitan areas!

     

  • Featured Product: 6-Person Carbon Fiber Sauna with TV!

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    The greatest part about using your sauna is that each sauna session is an opportunity to detoxify and regenerate, so that you feel refreshed and healthy. Whether you’re using it after a workout, a long day at work, or before you get your day started, you want to be able to maximize your sauna session and enjoy full relaxation. Owning your own home-sauna is a welcomed luxury, but it’s important that you pick one that is right for you and your family. Our six-person carbon fiber sauna with TV is perfect for large families, or those who entertain often!

    This sauna is the largest one available on the Saunas & Stuff Canada website and will provide you, your family and friends with the space you need to truly feel refreshed and renewed after your sauna session. With this sauna, you’ll be relaxing with lots of space to lounge, have friends over, and watch TV – all while you are detoxifying!

    You always want to make sure that your sauna is kept clean so that it is a healthy environment for you and others to be in. Six people is not a small amount for a sauna to have inside at one time, but this infrared sauna offers a battery powered air ionizer, removing all bacteria and odors from the air. Your sauna will stay pure and fresh, and be ready to use at all times!

    This sauna consists of Canadian Hemlock wood and tongue and groove construction with non-toxic glues on the interior and non-toxic finishes on the exterior. The product comes with a limited lifetime warranty, with a seven-year warranty on the heaters, cabinet and electrical and a one-year warranty on the stereo and TV.

    Measuring at 73 inches X 67 inches X 78.5 inches, the size of this sauna provides you and your family with space to comfortably enjoy a sauna session with several other people. You have enough room in this sauna to bring in extra towels, and it has cup holders for your beverages. Don’t forget - hydration is key to enjoying your sauna session, as you will be detoxifying and can become easily dehydrated through this process. Be sure to drink lots of water to keep yourself hydrated during this process. In the case of beverages in your sauna, always be careful and remember to take them with you when you leave for safety purposes.

    This sauna offers some special features, to increase your relaxation and enjoyment of your sauna session. You can easily take advantage of the feature of a moveable backrest where you can place the backrest against any wall or back of the bench in the sauna that you would like, to help give you some support and keep you relaxed. There are two different leveled benches in this sauna, as opposed to the typical standard bench. This gives people the opportunity to spread out a bit and sit at different levels.

    So grab the kids or the neighbors… or maybe just the remote and some water, and lay back and enjoy all the space and features that the six-person carbon fiber sauna has to offer!

     

  • Does Regular Sauna Use Help You Live Longer?

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    Rumor has it that regular sauna use has its benefits and can help you live longer. Well, rumor no more --- it is, in fact, true! Regular sauna use has proven to have multiple health benefits for individuals, specifically men,ultimately leading them to a healthier and longer life.

    In Eastern Finland, a study was completed tracking men’s health in relation to regular sauna use. The study, beginning in 1984, assessed over 2,000 middle-aged, Finnish males, who used saunas anywhere from once a week to everyday.

    The study found that the risk of death caused by a sudden heart attack was 22 percent lower for males who used the sauna two or three times a week and 66 percent lower than the average male, for those individuals using the sauna anywhere between four and seven times per week. Risks of all heart conditions were reduced most by men who spent more than 20 minutes in their sauna sessions, nearly everyday.

    With very warm temperatures, it is thought to be the high temperatures and humidity that cause advantageous physiological changes in the cardiovascular system. Earlier research showed that the heat from saunas helps to improve the function of blood vessels and even lowers blood pressure in individuals who experience hypertension.

    The more time that spent in the sauna, the better the health results. New studies continue to find more health benefits, including benefits of hot sauna baths. Along with fewer deaths from heart attacks, fewer deaths and issues with strokes were linked to extended and frequent sauna time.

    Although the study was only conducted on middle-aged men, Rita Redberg, a San Francisco cardiologist says, “it should apply equally to both sexes. There’s no physiological reason why it wouldn’t.” So not only is this study great news for men, but women can enjoy the health benefits of regular sauna use as well!

    For some time now, it has also been known for saunas to be great de-stressors for all individuals. Now, as it turns out, this 20-minute period of frequent relaxation is beneficial for both the mind and the body.

    The next time you’re at the gym, give the sauna a try! If you’re someone who would like to have easier access to a sauna and would like to start using it on a regular basis, a home sauna might be a good investment for you. Our selection of home saunas are perfect for your home, no matter how much (or little) space you have.

     

  • The History of Infrared Technology

    Many people wonder what the differences are between traditional saunas and infrared saunas and, furthermore, what infrared technology is and the history behind it. It’s slowly becoming common knowledge that infrared saunas have many health benefits, but what’s not so commonly known is the history behind infrared technology. Below, is a brief look into the history of this now commonly-used technology.

    Infrared light has a longer wavelength than red light, which is the color with the longest wavelength of visible light. This longer wavelength indicates a lower frequency; infrared light has an extremely low frequency. Over 75 percent of the sun’s rays are considered ‘infrared,’ and we take this heat from the sun and radiate it through our bodies.

    Wavelength Diagram

    Sir William Herschel studied the temperatures of colors and came to the understanding that the temperatures rose from violet to red. With further research, Herschel was able to measure the temperature beyond the red portion of the spectrum, to see that the area beyond this part had the highest temperature and was a form of light beyond the red light. The energy given off from infrared light is not visible to the human eye, but can be seen with the use of specific cameras.

    The use of infrared in technology and appliances began in the twentieth century and has since been used in various products that we use in our everyday life. Infrared is a form of radiant heat and is increasingly found in more and more appliances. It has also been used in therapy, as the heat helps to heal and assists individuals in recovery from injuries, relieving stress, and loosening tense muscles. Through time, infrared has evolved to be a key ingredient in the creation of many appliances. Today, you can find infrared in appliances ranging from toaster ovens, to heaters, to grills, and now even to saunas. Saunas and stuff has a large variety of infrared saunas that have been known to have many health benefits for their consumers.

    As time continues, the world is bound to see more appliances take advantage of infrared technology. Infrared saunas are widely used and like many appliances that use infrared technology, have been known to be beneficial for the mind and body. These saunas are also known to have lower energy costs, as they typically heat up to anywhere between 120 degrees to 150 degrees, whereas regular saunas heat up to anywhere from 185 degrees to 195 degrees. However, the fact that infrared saunas do not heat to the same temperature as regular saunas does not mean that they are not as effective or lack health benefits. The infrared heating panels inside of these infrared saunas create even more heat in the sauna, so while you are still saving energy, you’re also heating your sauna just as much.

    Infrared technology continues to use light to create heat instead of a common heating unit. The development of this technology has helped to create appliances that individuals across the world can use to better their health, all while saving energy!

     

  • Enhance Your Workout With An Infrared Sauna

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      Infrared Saunas can be very beneficial to one’s mind and body, and are effective at improving overall health. Infrared Saunas are commonly used after workouts to help detoxify the body, relax tense muscles and increase blood flow. Below are a few tips on how to best use an infrared sauna to enhance your workout, and why it is beneficial.

     

    How Long To Use The Sauna After A Workout

    Detoxifying your body is a healthy process to experience, as it allows you to naturally eliminate toxins through sweating. Although it is highly recommended to spend time in an infrared sauna after working out, it is recommended that you start out with short sessions, approximately four-minutes long, in the sauna, if you are new to using infrared saunas. As your body adjusts, you can begin to increase your time in the sauna from anywhere between 15 and 30 minutes; whatever you find most comfortable!

     

    Why It Helps After A Workout

     Consistent time spent in the sauna after exercise stimulates blood flow, helping to improve muscle recovery after exercise. Infrared saunas cause the body temperature to rise, leading the blood vessels to dilate increasing blood flow and moving oxygen throughout the body.

    This increase in blood flow combined with the heat of the infrared sauna is great for relaxing tense muscles as well. Muscles are relaxed by the heat of the sauna allowing circulation to increase and pain or inflammation of the joints and muscles to decrease. This is also a great time to take advantage of your relaxed muscles and stretch them out after your long workout.

     

     Why It Helps With Health Overall

    As mentioned before, the detoxification process is a major health benefit of a sauna. In releasing toxins, the body rinses out bacteria, replaces dead skin cells, and purifies the skin, helping to keep pores open, which can help clear up acne and other skin conditions.

    Medically, infrared saunas have, in some cases, shown to lower blood pressure and help with type-2 diabetes. They have also helped individuals with hypertension and congestive heart failure. However, if you are suffering from one of these or an additional health  issue, be sure to consult your doctor before using a sauna on a regular basis.

    Infrared Sauna Therapy is known to have mental benefits as well as physical benefits. Spending time in the infrared sauna helps balance your cortisol level, which is a stress hormone in the body. The high temperatures of the sauna allow your mind to release certain endorphins that help you feel good. With a relaxed mind and muscles, you are able to experience less stress and relax.

     

    Next time you work out, take some extra time and treat yourself to a relaxing sauna session. With all the potential health benefits, you might be glad you did!

    Do you use the sauna regularly after a workout? If so, have you seen any health benefits? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section!

     

  • Ceramic Heaters vs. Carbon Fiber Heaters

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      Buying a sauna to install in your home is an exciting experience. A new sauna means you no longer have to mingle with strangers at the gym to enjoy the relaxation and health benefits of a sauna. Now, whenever you want to sit in a sauna and break a good sweat, you need only walk down the hall in your own home or head out to your back yard. As you go shopping for a new sauna online, you'll come across a lot of different models and options.

    The most common heaters you might come across are ceramic and carbon fiber heaters. If you feel confused by those options, you’re not alone. Few people know how a sauna works, they're just glad it does. In this post, you'll learn the crucial differences between ceramic heaters and carbon fiber heaters.

     

    Even Heat Distribution The heating surface area of a carbon fiber heater makes it easier for this type of heater to provide even heat distribution compared to ceramic models. The surface area of a carbon fiber heater is much larger and composed of thin carbon plates. This allows these models to provide even heat distribution that lacks hot and cold spots which are typical of ceramic heaters. As a result, you will enjoy heat that is well dispersed throughout your sauna.

     

    Use of Infrared Rays Carbon fiber heaters emit warm rays that are closer to far infrared than a ceramic heater is capable of producing. The result is a heat that is beneficial for your health and healing inside your sauna. Heat emitted from carbon fiber heaters has a slightly lower temperature, which allows you to stay in the sauna longer and allow for deep tissue penetration. When the sauna heats you from the inside out, it provides better relief of stress, sore muscles, and aching joints.

     

    Lower Energy Costs Because a carbon fiber heater produces heat at a lower temperature, and provides more even heat distribution, you'll enjoy a much lower hit to your monthly utility bills. The engineering of carbon fiber heaters is already energy-efficient in nature compared to ceramic heaters, but the improved performance of carbon fiber models means you'll waste less money heating your sauna and maintaining temperature levels.

     

    Better Life Span The last thing you want to do is buy a new sauna now, and be forced to potentially replace your heater in the next decade. The average ceramic heater has a lifetime expectancy of just 5,000 hours, compared to a minimum of 20,000 hours for a carbon fiber model.

     

    As you consider the purchase of a new sauna, take a few moments to consider the type of heater powering your model. While it might not be the first thing to cross your mind, the heater in the model you purchase will impact the performance, efficiency, effectiveness, and maintenance cost of the saunas you are considering.

     

  • Mistakes to Avoid When Looking for a New Sauna

    2015-05-11_1412   Whether you've just purchased your first home and it has an old sauna in it, or you're looking to remodel your home and add a sauna, there are mistakes you must avoid. Any purchase for your home, from a washer and dryer to paint colors, is worthy of serious consideration to ensure you make the best possible choice. It is important that you don't get caught up in the excitement of installing a new sauna in your home.

    Instead, take your time and carefully consider the sauna models you've viewed online. The following points are some of the critical mistakes you need to avoid when looking for that perfect sauna to install in your home.

     

    Type of Heater

    Infrared heaters have largely replaced the old wood burning saunas used throughout much of human history in heat rooms. However, not all infrared heaters are made the same. As you compare models, you need to avoid inefficient, poor quality heaters that leave you spending more money on utility bills and waste time as you wait for the sauna to get up to proper temperatures.

     

    Assembly Systems

    You need to pay attention to the assembly systems that hold your sauna together. If you've purchased from a suspect vendor, you could have a poorly assembled unit in your home that doesn't hold heat (at best) or fails to stand the test of time (at worst). Factors to keep an eye on include:

    • Exterior buckles
    • Magnets
    • Slide clasps

     

    Types of Wood

    The type of wood used to construct your sauna plays a big role in the joy you'll get from your investment. Woods such as Aspen, Basswood, and Fir are not suitable types for use in a sauna if you plan on using it frequently over the years to come. These are soft, light woods with low tensile strength. The result is a sauna that has poor decay and shock resistance, and could warp, dent, or scratch easily.

    Instead, look for saunas produced using Hemlock and Canadian/Western Red Cedar. These woods have natural beauty that helps create a welcoming environment, but also have functional strength and durability. Hemlock is very stable and not likely to cup, check, or twist over time. Red Cedar has a low shrinkage factor and is highly unlikely to warp, twist, or check while you own your sauna.

    If you're going to install an outdoor sauna, Canadian/Western Red Cedar is a must. Not only does it boast the benefits mentioned above, it has also has the best heat retention among woods commonly used in sauna construction.

     

    Glass Panels

    When you buy a sauna with glass panels, it enhances the beauty and appeal of your sauna. With that said, be aware that too many glass panels used in the construction of your sauna means less heat inside. Not only does the glass not hold heat in as well, more space dedicated to glass doors means less space for infrared heating panels to provide warmth.

    Keep these elements in mind as you shop online for a new sauna, and you'll be sure to pick the best sauna possible to help you kick back and relax in style for years to come.

     

    If you have any questions, or need some advice during your search for the perfect sauna, feel free to contact us anytime!

     

  • What to Look for in a Home Sauna

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      The sauna is becoming an increasingly popular home accessory, and many newly-constructed homes have saunas built in. If you are thinking about adding a sauna to your existing home, you want to make sure you get the most for your money.

    Although home saunas require an up-front cost, you will find that they are a great investment in your home. Having a sauna in your own home could mean you spend less on spa treatments and more time relaxing in your own back yard or bathroom oasis. Adding a sauna could even increase the resale value of your home, but only if you know how to be a smart sauna shopper. Here are some things to consider when you start sauna shopping.

     

    Quality Construction

    Your home sauna is only as good as the materials it is made of. If those materials are cheap and shoddy, the constant heat and steam of the sauna environment will quickly take its toll.

    Be sure to take some time to research which kind of wood you want based on look, price and quality. You want to buy the best quality sauna you can afford, keeping in mind that a good home sauna can last for decades.

    Also keep in mind things like hinges and door hardware. Those doors will be opening and closing a lot, and they will need to be able to stand up to lots of moisture and steam. Buying a sauna with top quality construction means you will be able to spend more time relaxing and less time repairing hinges and driving screws.

     

    Type of Wood

    The type of wood in your home sauna is entirely up to you, but it is important to realize that some types of wood are quite fragrant, especially when wet.

    Wood like cedar gives off a distinctive scent. That is great if you love that scent, but not so great if you find the scent rather strong. If you have a friend who owns a red cedar sauna, you might want to spend some time there and see if you like the scent. If so, go right ahead and order one for yourself. If not, you might want to consider a different kind of wood. You may find hemlock a more suitable option.

     

    Adjustable Seating

    This may seem like a small thing, but it can actually be quite important. If you plan to invite friends over to take a steam in your sauna, choosing a model with easily adjustable seating is a very smart idea. You want all of your guests to be comfortable as they relax and unwind in your little corner of paradise.

     

    Traditional vs. Infrared

    There are two types of saunas (traditional and infrared) and they both heat up in different ways, and can give you different experiences. The biggest difference between the two types of saunas is the intensity of the heat. A traditional dry sauna heats up to temperatures between 185 and 195 degrees, while an infrared model tops out between 120 and 150 degrees. A traditional sauna uses a stove to heat the air inside. When water is added to the coals on the stove, you boost the humidity inside the sauna. Infrared saunas, on the other hand, use infrared heating panels that emanate an even intensity of heat into the sauna. Keep these differentiating factors in mind when looking for a sauna for your home.

     

    Saunas & Stuff Canada, has a wide selection of saunas available in different wood finishes. Browse our selection here.

     

     

  • Installing a New Sauna: Indoors or Outdoors?

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    If you're tired of going to your local fitness center or spa and sharing the sauna with perfect strangers, it might be time to purchase a sauna for your home. As you consider the saunas for sale in our online inventory, it is important that you don't jump into the decision without thinking about what type of sauna best fits your home. There are multiple factors to consider, not the least of which is deciding whether you want to install an indoor or outdoor sauna.

    Overriding Considerations Whether you are leaning toward the indoor or outdoor sauna for sale, there are installation requirements that you should keep in mind that impact both types of saunas. The most important factors are water supply, electrical supply, and space to accommodate the new sauna. Limited space is often the primary factor impacting indoor saunas, while electrical and water supply lines often make or break the viability of outdoor saunas.

    The Case for Indoor Saunas Selecting the indoor sauna for sale that you've been looking at ensures you'll be able to use your new retreat any time of day, any day of the year. Additionally, it is common to convert an indoor bathroom (or a portion of that existing space) into a sauna. The benefit of an indoor unit compared to an outdoor unit is the ability to use existing electrical and water supply lines to support your indoor sauna. On top of that, you won't have to pour any new foundations to install a sauna in your home.

    Keep in mind that an indoor sauna results in the loss of space in your home, the need for proper ventilation, and difficulty creating proper drainage for your spa. This doesn't mean that an indoor sauna is a bad idea, but rather, that you should keep these factors in mind as you design the space within your home that will house your indoor sauna.

    The Case for Outdoor Saunas Whether you live in a warm-weather climate or a cold-weather climate, that sauna for sale that you're considering could make a great addition to your backyard. Building an outdoor sauna adds to the theme of a larger backyard space, and prevents the loss of space inside your home. Additionally, you can build an outdoor sauna of any size or shape you desire. Rather than making drastic changes to an indoor space, you can easily add ventilation and drainage to accommodate your outdoor sauna.

    Before you begin work on an outdoor sauna, read these few tips to help the process go smoother. For starters, evaluate the feasibility and cost of running water and electrical supply lines to your new sauna. Also, you'll need to pour a foundation and insulate the unit against the elements.

    Cost Considerations Generally speaking, indoor saunas are less expensive because you already have the space and supply lines available. An outdoor sauna requires greater construction and preparation costs. It is possible to cut down those costs by purchasing an outdoor sauna kit for sale. The prefabrication of sauna kits eliminates some of the construction costs associated with an outdoor unit.

    Whichever direction you go, take the time to analyze the feasibility of installing a new sauna in your home. Indoor and outdoor units have different benefits and drawbacks, so weigh them carefully before purchasing that new sauna for sale.

     

     

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