If you want to have a real Finnish sauna heater in your home, there are a lot of important considerations that you have to make, not the least of which is your choice of a sauna heater. Not only does the sauna heater have to be a robust device capable of bringing the room up to temperatures of about one hundred degrees Celsius, the sauna heater has to be able to work continually and efficiently to produce the requisite temperature and a good amount of quality steam. After all, without steam it really isn’t much of a sauna heater.
Sauna heaters vary in size and output and the traditional one hundred degrees of the Finnish sauna heater is not so much a requirement as it is a guideline (you may well like your sauna heater a bit cooler than that boiling point, but it is the temperature that produces the best steam).
In a traditional Finnish sauna heater, the heater serves two main purposes – heating the room and creating the steam. The rocks that are used are just as important as the sauna heater and they are the surface onto which water will be poured to make the steam.
Of course the modern sauna heaters use rocks more as a nod to tradition rather than a necessity. There are certainly many other effective ways of filling a room with steam. Whatever the reason for continuing the traditional use of sauna heater stones, however, there is no doubt that a hot steam bath in a sauna heater is a wonderful and somewhat therapeutic way to relax.
The sauna heater is largely responsible for the level of relaxation you will achieve. When you’re installing a sauna heater, make sure you have a good heater. It certainly doesn’t have to come all the way from Finland, but you definitely don’t want a sub-par sauna heater in your sauna or steam room. Of course, accepting the expense of importing a sauna heater from Finland may not be a bad idea either. After all, no culture on the planet knows more about the sauna heater than the Finnish.