How to Choose The Best Wood for your Sauna

There are many wood options to choose from when it comes to choosing a sauna. However, the type of wood you choose for your sauna will have an impact on its durability, decorative appeal, the feel on your skin, even its temperature resistance will change over time. So, we highly recommend you invest in the high-quality wood sauna and stay away from cheap options.

If you don’t have a wood burning heater for your sauna or if you’re still deciding what heater to choose, take a look at our best sauna heater comparison, or even read up about the different types of sauna

Different types of sauna woods: What kind of wood do you use in a sauna?

1. Canadian Red Cedar 

Why do we recommend it?

  • Anti-moisture
  • Its natural scent
  • Most resistant wood
  • Anti-moisture characteristic

We highly recommend Canadian red cedar because of its most resistant nature to moisture, its durability, and its texture. Interestingly, it doesn’t contract or expand when the temperature fluctuates. It makes an ideal wood sauna because of its anti-moisture quality.

2. Basswood

Why do we recommend it?

  • Great for commercial usage
  • Hypoallergenic – makes it best for those with sensitive skin types.
  • Affordable.

Basswood is ideal for those with sensitive skin due to its hypoallergenic properties. Not only it’s affordable but it’s also light in color which makes it a better choice than Cedar wood. The best thing about basswood is it feels softer to the skin. So, we highly recommend it if you are looking for a mix of quality and affordability.

3. Spruce, Hemlock, and Pine

Is pine ok for a sauna? 

We don’t recommend it as it’s cheap in quality

Spruce, hemlock, and pine are cheaper wood options produced by sauna manufacturers due to their low production cost. Due to their inconsistent color, thinner wood planks, and knots, they are likely to be bent or twisted due to temperature change. This makes it not a very durable or reliable option if we consider the longevity of the product.

4. Poplar wood and Eucalyptus

Other wood options include polar and Eucalyptus. They are less popular, expensive, and hard to find, and hence rarely used.

man feeling a piece if wood

How to choose the best sauna woods

Heat absorption is the main thing to be considered when choosing the wood option for your sauna. Always choose the wood that tends to absorb the heat without overheating. Go for a wood that’s soft, heat absorbent tends to soak up steam so that it provides longevity.   

Can you use any wood stove for a sauna?

Yes, you can. But for many sauna enthusiasts, wood burning is the way to go. But having said that you can choose from wood, gas or electric.

How to choose the best sauna woods 

Since having a home sauna can bring you ample health benefits, you must choose the best wood type for your individual needs. Some people look for longevity, while some look for hypoallergenic wood type for their sauna. So it’s all about catering to your unique needs. We have already discussed the best wood options for your ease above.

Which sauna do we recommend

We always recommend Canadian Red Cedar due to its high quality, longevity, and heat absorption.

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