Choices, Choices: 4 Types of Lumber for Sauna-Making
Here’s a little glimpse into our history: Almost Heaven Saunas made its mark crafting cedar Barrel Saunas in the era of Mork & Mindy, disco, and Star Wars. Since then, we’ve tinkered with a standard barrel design to develop some popular adaptations, added a successful line of indoor home saunas, and introduced our products all across the globe.
And now for our latest development: Offering 4 different types of lumber to choose from when ordering your sauna!
For our outdoor Barrel Saunas, Western red cedar has always served us well. It is a lumber that is naturally resistant to the elements, and it has often been remarked that the cedar smell is a special bonus. Our most traditional cedar of choice has been clear with no or minimal knots.
We’ve also made rustic Western red cedar Barrel Saunas available for anyone who wants a more organic, woodsy feel to their oasis of relaxation. Rustic cedar has a collection of beautiful, tight knots.
In recent years, we’ve worked a lot with Coastal hemlock and fir – or hem-fir as it is typically called. Hem-fir is a lighter colored lumber, and we’ve made wide use of it for our indoor saunas.
And then there’s our most recent addition to our lumber selections: Nordic spruce. (Fun fact: The Nordic spruce we use comes from Sweden!) This lumber tends to be knottier and has a very light, very lovely coloration. Like red cedar, it is a great lumber for outdoor applications.
All of our U.S.-made saunas are now available in all four lumber types, giving you the freedom to select what complements your personal style preferences best!