Picture of Trail sauna
I first leaned this on an 8 day canoeing trip in Canada. it is a sauna that is very easy to make with materials you should have at a campsite (thus, trail sauna)

Step 1: Materials

Picture of materials
you will need:

-a big boiling pot
-rocks (about fist sized, to fill 1/2-3/4 of a big pot)
-a light tarp, nylon is best you cannot use a blue poly one
-a bucket of water
-a hot fire
-gloves (fire gloves would work well)
-something to pick up extremely hot rocks with (ex: a shovel-NOT YOUR HANDS) duh...
Rupnok24 years ago
I'm glad people are getting interested in saunas and sweat lodges but I would strongly suggest against this. There are so many factors that go into the Traditional Native American sweat lodge. There are so many things that can go wrong i'll list a few.
1.Water has a high capacity for heat, it would be very easy for you to burn something. Steam is hot and can burn you.
2.Plastic does not breath like blankets or other fibrous materials, You risk suffocation or overheating by not going with natural materials. The smaller the structure the worse the chance. People have died of suffocation.
3.Rocks found in lakes and river beds can explode too.
4.Carelessness can cause splashing, fire, or burns.....and get me if i'm wrong but being surrounded in a plastic shell that catches on fire = not fun.
There are more, please use your brain with projects like this. If you really want to do this bring blankets or canvas and not tarps. On that note....never pay for a *Nature experiencing trip* that puts you in a plastic shell.
tulavatalo5 years ago
how hot will there be in the sauna and will this keep you warm in winter in

jakee117 (author)  tulavatalo5 years ago
 im not sure of temperature at all. it makes you sweat though..haha, try going in a sauna and finding out? thats about what it is...and i suppose it would keep you warm in winter, though when you finish, it would have made you sweat. which would cool you down, putting you at rist for hypothermia, ect. i wouldnt reccomend it for winer.
if the temperature doesn't rise over 100 degrees celsius i wouldn't call it a sauna 
jakee117 (author)  tulavatalo5 years ago
 I'm not sure how hot it is...but it definitely makes you sweat. i suppose it all varies on the temperature of your rocks, water, and things of that nature..
jakee117 (author) 5 years ago
to tell you the truth, im not really sure. though we just used rocks we found around the places we were staying (usually islands and shores around Canadian lakes) to the best of my knowledge, most things will work. you could always google native american sweat lodge i guess, they're pretty much the same thing :)
melkdav5 years ago
 I like the idea and the instructions seem easy to follow. With the rock warnings, what kind of rocks would you recommend?
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benthekahn6 years ago
This seems to be a sweat rather then a sauna. Also, the more layers of tarps, the better.
jakee117 (author)  benthekahn6 years ago
thanks for the input!
linuxmom7 years ago
Congrats on your first instructable...... I was hoping for some pictures *shuts eyes and dreams of dipping a paddle in clear blue waters of the north woods*
jakee117 (author)  linuxmom6 years ago
I have some which I can upload for you...
jakee117 (author)  linuxmom7 years ago
my friends took lots, i think im getting a dvd of them i will post
AoiKaze7 years ago
Nice instructable first of all. And second People should avoid using river stones. Some of them can actually soak up river water and crack of explode when heated.
jakee117 (author)  AoiKaze7 years ago
ahhh good I'll add that thanks! -jake
jakee117 (author)  upriverpaddler7 years ago
I was a Charlie Guide in the summers of '87, '88 and '92. I miss those times so much. That's where my username comes from. Someone should do a Baybread instructable!
jakee117 (author)  upriverpaddler7 years ago
oh my god yes! i think you can order mixes for it from the northern tier website, but I'll have to check...
jakee117 (author) 7 years ago
actually, I got back from the trip yesterday. truthfully, I was away from home 10 days, but only 8 of them were canoeing
xboxteen017 years ago
pretty cool. i notice in the final page you mention an incident in your scout troop. did you make it to eagle?
jakee117 (author)  xboxteen017 years ago
right now I am almost star, and i hope to make it to eagle
crapflinger7 years ago
also known as a Sweat Lodgeby native americans...it's a VERY ancient native american tradition used for medicinal or religious purposes....

much better when done au natural..