A stylish barrel sauna built outdoors is the latest trend among sauna enthusiasts. And what better way to have one for yourself than DIY?
When we talk about saunas, you'll most likely think about a sauna bath or enclosure built indoors. In fact, you may well have used one such sauna at a gym or a day spa.
Nevertheless, a DIY barrel sauna is unlike any other, as it elevates the concept of sauna bathing to a whole new level.
You see, barrel saunas offer a unique blend of a traditional outdoor Finnish sauna bath and a charming nature-inspired modern aesthetic. Add to it the fact that these are easy-to-build saunas with compact options available, and you've got the perfect recipe for building a home sauna by yourself.
Now, the idea of building something like a sauna bath, that too from scratch, might sound daunting. But you can rest easy as we've compiled a detailed barrel sauna building guide to help you build one from start to finish.
So let's get building right away.
What exactly is a barrel sauna?
Barrel saunas are not like your typical sauna place; they're an entirely different concept altogether. So before we begin with the building process, it's essential you understand what exactly a barrel sauna is.
As you might already have figured out, a barrel sauna features the shape of a typical barrel and is installed outdoors. You can think of it as a life-sized wine barrel with a tilt of 90 degrees.
Just like a regular barrel, a barrel sauna also uses wood planks with notched edges to create a cylindrical shape. Herein, stainless steel straps are used to tightly wrap the post-assembly barrel and keep the entire structure from falling apart.
Also, while some barrel saunas may have glass windows and ceilings, others might stick to the aesthetics of a classic barrel. And depending on your liking, you can choose between a naturally lit and a traditional all-wood barrel sauna.
How does a barrel sauna work?
Well, given the distinctive shape of these saunas, it's not surprising for first-time users to believe that barrel saunas use a similarly unique heating method.
However, when it comes to working, a barrel sauna isn't much different from other saunas.
To begin with, a barrel sauna also uses the same kind of sauna heaters that are used to heat other standard saunas. For instance, if you're using an electric sauna heater from Amerec to heat your indoor sauna, you can use the same for a barrel sauna too.
Not to mention, these saunas are also compatible with wood burning and gas heaters.
Also, notwithstanding the design of a barrel sauna, you still need to prep it like a regular indoor or outdoor sauna. For instance, you'll be running electrical wiring and water lines, enclosing the space and insulating it, etc., just like you'd in traditional sauna rooms.
In short, these barrel-shaped sauna baths are in the same league as their regular square or rectangular-shaped counterparts in terms of working.