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



    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!


  • What to Look for in a Home Sauna


    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.




  • Top Twelve Ways to Customize Your Infrared Sauna

    outdoor sauna or indoor sauna

    Unless you’ve shopped for an Infrared Sauna lately, you likely don’t realize how many options are available and how you can customize your home sauna experience.

    Whether to accommodate one person or several; stand alone, installed, or for corner assembly, you can build the relaxation haven of your dreams.

    Here in Canada, Canadian Red Cedar has a rich aromatic scent and for most, it is the sauna wood of choice. However, certain people may have an adverse physical reaction to aromatic oils, shampoos with perfumes infused or certain herbs with natural aromas.

    Hemlock is another popular wood because it releases the soothing odor of the great outdoors.

    Whatever kind of wood you prefer, many amenities are standard, but you can adorn your sauna with a variety of upgrades.

    1. Movable Backrests – depending on where you want to sit and how you wish to recline – these are extremely handy
    2. Battery Powered Air Ionizers - these remove bacteria and odors from the air
    3. Internal Lighting – sets the tone and setting
    4. iPod and MP3 Input and Speakers– nothing’s better than selecting from your own list of favorites to add to the overall ambiance
    5. Cabinetry –beautiful woods and stunning designs make for infrared saunas that are essentially “furniture-worthy”!
    6. Reading Lights – whether something inspirational or the latest New York Times Best Seller – you can enjoy your book in the peace and quiet
    7. Wide Benches – for lounging
    8. Easy Electrical Connections
    9. Color Therapy Lighting with a Remote – set the stage with lighting that subtly changes or remains at a level most relaxing
    10. Accessory Shelves for decor or to hold Beverages
    11. Decorative Doors and Handles – create your one-of-a-kind masterpiece
    12. Ultra-Low EMF Carbon Fiber Panel Heaters

    The Canadian winters may be long and are sometimes brutal, but with the help of our custom and stock infrared saunas…you can weather the storms, and enjoy a charming respite year round.



  • Infrared Saunas for the Bath

    Infrared sauna cabin


    Advances in fields like technology and wellness have caused us to re-consider yesterday’s innovations as today’s necessities. If you’ve ever used a DVR to record your favorite programs to enjoy them commercial-free, or have relied on a smart phone to alert you to traffic conditions so you arrive on time at your next appointment, then you’ve integrated something once considered a luxury into part of your daily routine. These have become activities and provide information upon which you consistently rely!

    In the field of wellness, if you’ve ever experienced the soothing, calming, healthy benefits of an infrared sauna, there’s little doubt you’d turn down the opportunity to consistently integrate saunas into your life as well.

    Peaceful and therapeutic, today’s saunas are moving from fitness centers and high-end salons to home baths. Trends in bathroom design have literally made just about anything possible. While towel heaters and dual sinks were once considered luxurious amenities, the infrared sauna has helped transform the modern bath into a personal spa.

    If your home is large enough to accommodate a gym, it will likely be able to accommodate an infrared sauna as it provides the perfect place to rejuvenate muscles after a workout. While most of us do not have this square footage in our homes, the master bath has become the ideal spot to create an exceptionally inviting retreat from the stresses of the day.

    What’s interesting about any innovation is, the more standard it becomes, the more easily the installation becomes available for home use. Big screen TVs were once a movie theatre feature. Now sizeable flat screens adorn living rooms, family rooms, and bedrooms throughout Canada. And so it is with infrared saunas…

    Contemporary bath design is sleeker and more “spa-like” than ever. Everything from fixture finishes to gleaming tiles evoke relaxation. Many homeowners have even abandoned the idea of installing tubs in lieu of a shower room and sauna combo. In this design, they reap the maximum benefit of the space and are instead installing elements they will actually use.

    Home infrared saunas are no longer relegated to the basement or the backyard. They are very much a mainstay of the modern bath.

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