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Different Types of Saunas

There are many types of saunas, so whether you want a typical outdoor steam sauna or a glass sauna that uses dry heat, you're covered. In dry saunas, heat is achieved using a carbon or ceramic electric heater.

This is unlike the traditional Finnish sauna, which is warmed by a wood-burning stove and stacked with sauna stones.

Users of various outdoor saunas may reap a wide range of health benefits, which vary according to the heat source and other features.

Traditional Finnish Sauna: The traditional Finnish sauna generates ambient heat with the help of an electric heater and, on occasion, a wood-burning stove. In addition, the sauna is filled with thermally conductive sauna stones that absorb and retain heat to create almost heaven-like healing steam.

Infrared Sauna: The use of infrared heaters is what differentiates an infrared sauna from the traditional Finnish sauna. This type of sauna generates heat via the use of infrared light. In many circles, an infrared sauna is also referred to as a far-infrared sauna. "Far" denotes the pattern of the light spectrum where infrared radiation resides.

Dry Sauna: The only difference between a traditional Finnish sauna and a dry sauna is that the latter uses water to produce a hotter and more humid environment, while the former does not. In addition, dry heat works at a far lower temperature (around 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and produces a significantly lower humidity level than a steam sauna.

Barrel Sauna: The barrel sauna is among the popular styles of backyard saunas and sauna kits. You can tell when you're looking at a barrel sauna just by its design and interior space - no need to look at the heating method here. The walls of a barrel sauna are curved, while the structure is cylindrical. There is often a glass front or a tempered door so users can take in the surrounding vistas.

Red Cedar Sauna: Cedar saunas are another common backyard sauna built with Juniperus virginiana, also known as red cedar wood. In addition to possessing a deep, earthy tone, the rustic transparent red cedar wood is pleasantly scented over repeated sessions in the sauna. It is also resistant to decay and holds up well against moisture.
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