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- All timber used in the construction of these barrel saunas originates from sustainable forests
- Sides and roof feature 42mm thick interlocking wall logs with rounded ball and socket stave joints
- Front and rear walls feature 28mm thick interlocking tongued and grooved wall logs
- Doors and windows glazed with annealed glass (no plastic, acrylic, styrene or perspex)
- Morticed and tenoned joinery door and windows
- Part boarded timber door with glazed panel in the front wall 1'11" wide x 5'5" high (0.59m x 1.65m)
- Wooden door handle
- Key locking door
- 2 non opening windows in the front wall, 1'0" wide x 2'2" high (0.3m x 0.66m)
- 2 windows in the rear wall, 1 opening and 1 non opening, 1'0" wide x 2'2" high (0.3m x 0.66m)
- Full height internal partition built with substantial framing and 18mm thick cladding to both sides of the partition
- Fully glazed single hinged internal door approximately 1'11" wide x 5'5" high (0.59m x 1.65m)
- Internal door glazing bronze tinted 8mm thick toughened safety glass
- Decorative mineral felt tiles included in a choice of colours
- Strong stainless steel barrel hoops
- 28mm thick timber floor panels are fitted inside the barrel
- Protective heat shield
- Protective timber guard
- Timber slatted benches specially made to fit each room but they are easily removed
- 1 full length bench supplied to each side to suit central heater position
- Louvred ventilators
- Heavy duty treated timber support cradles with ex 4" thick timber (finished thickness 95mm), overall width 5'3" (1600mm)
- Verandah with projecting roof canopy, enclosed sides and 2 benches
- Verandah approximately 1'10" deep (0.57m)
- External width 6'8" (2.04m)
- External length 10'10" or 13'1" (3.3m or 4.0m)
- Internal width approximately 6'5" (1.96m)
- Changing room internal length approximately 2'11" or 4'2" (0.9m or 1.27m)
- Sauna room internal length approximately 5'6" or 6'7" (1.67m or 2.0m)
- Overall external height approximately 7'1" (2.15m) including support cradles
- 10'10" (3.3m) barrel seats up to 4 adults in comfort and up to 6 including 1 or 2 children
- 13'1" (4.0m) barrel seats up to 6 adults in comfort and up to 8 including 1 or 2 children
THE BENEFIT OF SAUNAS: For centuries people in Scandinavia have enjoyed an invigorating sauna as an effective form of bathing which is also sociable and deeply relaxing. The heat and humidity produces sweat which cleanses the pores. The heat also relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation. A sauna will soothe strained muscles and other aches and pains. Even a brief sauna engenders a deep feeling of physical and spiritual relaxation. It is no surprise that saunas are becoming increasingly popular throughout the western world as a luxury lifestyle option which enhances your mental and physical well-being.
THE BENEFIT OF BARREL SAUNAS: Timber has always been the material of choice for sauna construction. The substantial timber logs used in the construction of our barrel saunas are similar to the logs used in log cabins. The logs are much thicker than the boarding traditionally used in sheds, summerhouses and other timber buildings. Thicker timber provides better insulation,which keeps the heat in and the cold out. The front and rear walls feature very similar logs to a log cabin with interlocking tongued and grooved joints. The rounded shape of the sides and roof requires a slightly different interlocking joint with a ball and socket shape. Stainless steel bands or hoops are stretched around the circumference to tighten the joints. These are similar to the steel hoops used in traditional barrel construction. The steel hoops are tightened to compress the joints and improve the weatherproofing and draughtproofing. The compact size and shape makes our barrel saunas much easier to heat than other buildings. With less ground contact than other buildings, our barrel saunas also draw up less cold and damp from the ground during the winter months.
TIPS FOR SAUNA USE: A sauna should be between 60 and 100 degrees Centigrade. This is subject to personal taste but if you are new to saunas it is best to start at a lower temperature of 60-70 Centigrade. To maintain the humidity and generate steam splash a little water over the hot stones regularly. Remove jewellery before you enter the sauna, especially metal jewellery which can become very hot. Always lay a towel on the bench before you sit down, partly for comfort but also for hygiene. The sauna is hottest near the ceiling and coolest near the floor so lying down will balance your temperature. During the sauna you lose moisture so many people drink water afterwards, although this is subject to personal preference. You should consult your doctor before using a sauna if you have a heart condition, high blood pressure or any similar condition.
SCANDINAVIAN REDWOOD OR WHITEWOOD: The most widely used timber in the UK for years, Scandinavian Redwood and Whitewood grow in the well managed forests of Scandinavia and the coldest parts of Northern Europe. The cold climate ensures slow growth. The growth rings are much closer together than faster growing trees from warmer climates. As a result the timber is heavy and durable with a close grain pattern. The wood is seasoned and kiln dried to achieve the correct moisture content before it is machined. Redwood and Whitewood are so similar in appearance and performance that it is difficult to tell the difference. Both are classified as slightly durable and treatment is required for outside use. The forests of Scandinavia and Northern Europe have been responsibly managed on a sustainable basis for centuries so Scandinavian Redwood or Whitewood is an enviromentally friendly choice.
DECORATIVE FELT TILES: Mineral coated bitumen felt tiles are an attractive and durable roofing material which is far more hardwearing than standard roofing felt. Traditionally used for small buildings only in the UK, felt tiles are used much more in Scandinavia and North America where they are used widely in general housebuilding. The sophisticated design features a strip of almost dry bitumen adhesive. Over time each tile sticks to the tile below for improved waterproofing and windproofing. All fixings are covered by the next row of felt tiles, partly to ensure a neat appearance with concealed fixings but mainly to protect the fixing holes from any possible moisture. Mineral felt tiles are made using asphalt with a bitumen binder and an external covering of durable and attractive natural stone chips. Mineral felt tiles are often described as felt shingles because the design resembles traditional cedar shingles.
SIZES - LENGTH AND WIDTH: The overall sizes including the verandah are listed alongside the price. The first dimension listed is the width and the second dimension is the length. The width refers to the walls at the front and rear including the main door wall. The length refers to the curved side walls. The sizes listed are the overall external sizes.