How do you build a home made wood burning Sauna heater?

1 Nov 2011.    I am stuck on a Firebase in Afghanistan and winter is approaching fast. So i was thinking that building a sauna would be a cool project.  The wood shack isn't that hard, but how to build the stove/ heater/ thing? So, Any ideas?

Asked by EcoExpatMike 6 years ago


Requesting ideas to build a sauna or mini sweat lodge

I know i can't be the only person to want to build my own sauna?! I've seen some online but the quality looks dodgy for the price... so i thought i would throw the idea out there and see if it was possible! I wanted to try and sew together that reflective material that is a blanket for emergencies with a small foldout chair inside with a small ceramic heater (is the heater safe? or is there a better alternative heater out there). What do you guys think? how can i tweak this to better or improve upon design! All suggestions would be helpful!!

Posted by kboxster 10 years ago


Making a dry sauna heater with parts from a 120v hot plate

I have a small closed in shower (31" X 31") and have sealed the 6" opening over the door. It makes for a great steam room. However, I love very hot dry saunas. I have been wondering if I could make a small heater placed in the corner with one or more single burner hot plates and stones. I am wondering if this could be done safely if the AC lines are totally protected. I could easily turn of the power when showering. I welcome any feedback.

Posted by hywmiles 10 years ago


My Infrared Sauna keeps turning off by itself mid program.

It turns on, heats up for about 1 to 10 minutes, then click, turns off.  What can cause this?  I usually unscrew the light bulb so it does NOT come on during the cycle, I like to sit in the dark and sweat!  When I screw lightbulb to turn on, unit immediately clicks off. I have been having some panel problems where the time keypad or the temperature keypad will not respond as well.

Asked by WendyR63 1 year ago


How to Build a Sauna?

For DIY 2 people simple

Asked by Petric 6 years ago


Infrared Sauna wiring?

Well, I bought a used infrared sauna the other day for real cheap because it "just stopped working all at once". Figuring its just a fuse or something, I took it. Well now I cant figure it out for the life of me.What seems to be the problem is that no power is getting to the primary transformer. That would be on the second small circuit board to the right. It is getting to the secondary transformer fine. Heres a pic of whats goin on. Those things on the sides are fuse holders, (no not burnt out).

Asked by LiquidLightning 6 years ago


backpacking sauna how to heat it without using hot rocks, ie perhaps with a portable steam generator or boiler ?

Hi all i am building a back packing sauna which is essentialy a old two man tent converted.  my problem is the heat source for the steam.tradionally people would heat rocks in an open fire. this i feel is time consuming building a fire and then heating rocks for 2 hours or so. i am now thinking of trying to generate steam direct from a wood gas stove and piping it in to the tent anyone with ideas or sugestions please post here. whatever i use needs to be suitable for back packing. thanks Robert

Asked by robertuk444 6 years ago


where can i find free plans to build a sauna?

I would like to build a small sauna in my basement,trying to find sample plans or ideas

Asked by puckshooter 9 years ago


Steam generator for a home-made steam room

I love steam rooms. i want to build one out behind our house in the country in thailand. but it has to be low-tech. i'm thinking i'll make a square wall out of cinderblocks, about 4 feet high. then my shower will stick up from that .we don't have running water. we get water pumped from the well into big jars and use a bowl to splash water on ourselves to wash. but i put a submersible pump in the bottom of the jar, rigged up some PVC pipe and i have a shower of sorts. so if i build a 4 foot high square wall, with a doorway, i can pull a thick piece of foam over the top to cover the top, hang a rubber curtain across the doorway opening, and have an enclosed, outdoor room that i can steam up and sweat the gunk out, then stand up, flip off the insulating cover and shower right there. the steam room will go right behind me and the jars in the shower picture- where you can see a little bit of grass growing. but how do i make a steam generator? commercial ones cost way more dollars (baht) than i need to spend. i can use propane from a tank for fire, or wood, or charcoal. the well water is very hard water with a lot of dissolved minerals in it so my steam generator can't be something that will get clogged up with mineral deposits. anybody got any ideas? the steam generator needs to be cheap, home-build-able with local materials, and safe... don't want anything that can blowup, catch fire, or asphyxiate the users.

Posted by Thaikarl 9 years ago


valve idea wanted for for a automatic top up on a small low pressure boiler

Hi Can anyone sugest a way for me to automacily top up a boiler as the level drops whilst generating low preasure steam. I am building a small boiler steam generator for a sauna, my problem is that the boiler needs to be small and portable for backpacking and treking so therefore may only hold a couple of litres of water, the small tent style sauna will demand more than this. the boiler may be something simple like a kettle with a pipe attached to carry the steam into the sauna, but whilst taking a sauna i do not want to have to keep topping up the boiler, i have a constant heat source so no problems there. i also have a collapsable fold up plastic water carrier which i can suspend above the boiler as a reservoir but will need some sort of valve that allow the boiler to top up automaticlly. hope that all makes sense. thanks in anticipation. robert

Posted by robertuk444 6 years ago


Can anyone sugest a way for me to automacily top up a boiler as the level drops whilst generating low preasure steam.

Can anyone sugest a way for me to automacily top up a boiler as the level drops whilst generating low preasure steam. I am building a small boiler steam generator for a sauna, my problem is that the boiler needs to be small and portable for backpacking and treking so therefore may only hold a couple of litres of water, the small tent style sauna will demand more than this. the boiler may be something simple like a kettle with a pipe attached to carry the steam into the sauna, but whilst taking a sauna i do not want to have to keep topping up the boiler, i have a constant heat source so no problems there. i also have a collapsable fold up plastic water carrier which i can suspend above the boiler as a reservoir but will need some sort of valve that allow the boiler to top up automaticlly. hope that all makes sense. thanks in anticipation. robert

Asked by robertuk444 6 years ago


back packing sauna problem. i want to make a portable heat and steam source for a small 2 man tent sized sauna?

I am trying to design a lightweight portable steamer for a back packing sauna. i do not want to use hot rocks as this is time consuming an the rocks are not always available. idealy the heat source would be outside of the sauna and the steam piped in. i am not sure how much water it is going to take, which means i may have to have some way keeping the boiler etc topped up from a plastic container. i have considered using a conventional wood burning stove with a coil of copper pipe within but cannot get my head around how this would work with out a  kettle type reservoir to hear the water, if the water was just heated in the copper pipe coil fed from a lightweight water container i would imagine i would then need much less heat, help please.

Asked by robertuk444 6 years ago


3 phase to 240v?

I have a sauna heater Voltage: 380~400 V 3N~ is there any well of wiring it up to 240v 

Asked by gary.beecroft.92 3 years ago


Infared sauna electrical failure - help? Answered

Hello I purchased this sauna used a couple days ago, and its not turning on.. The previous owner sold it as having only an issue with the fuse, but I have exchanged all fuses, and Im assuming its one of the three components that are running in the rectangular unit mounted on top of the sauna. I will post all the photos so you are able to see detailed views of everything - I have now ordered a replacement for the power supply (s-35-12) as I cant imagine the transformer would short the entire sauna.  internal fuses are all 3 amp, this is the power supply (but the power running from mains is standard 13amp):  https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/MiWi-S-35-12-AC-DC-switching-mode-power-supply/700113_1699513295.html And from what I can tell there is a sort of voltage regulator on that PSU which has a phillips white screw which is used for adjusting.  My guess is that previous owner set it for wrong output and it blew the PSU? Alternatively there is the main board, but I wouldnt know what to look for, nor how to replace, as it had no particular model number. I tested current coming from mains to the main board (sorry I dont have technical name for that) and electricity is definitely arriving there, but not sure where (or if) it goes after.  I tried to swap one of the kettle lead fuses for the one on the PSU board, and then power on, but as soon as I tripped the power to on it blew the fuse.. image 1 and 2 are overview, image 3 is writing on PSU, image 4 is transformer, image 5 is main board and image 6 is PSU (which I have ordered replacement for). Thank you for your help!

Asked by NigelD19 1 year ago


Laundry room with no exterior walls in need of a better dryer exhaust solution! Ideas?

I have a dryer with an exhaust vent that could not possible exit my condo as it is in a stack in the very center of my unit; moreover, even with a crafty snaking of ventilation piping couldn't get it near an exterior wall.  As you can guess, when I dry my clothes the utility room turns into a sauna and all of my walls develop condensation from the hot air and water vapor the dryer is using and extracting.  Does anyone have any good ideas for how I could reduce the condensation build-up or even alleviate the problem?  I thought of making some sort of dispersal fan to cool the hot dryer air as it exits the dryer, but I am not sold on this idea.

Asked by interested1 7 years ago


Cabins/shelter from garbage/recycling and then some- new site/blog- and INDIE BOOK released

D.I.Y. Micro-Shelters: NEW indie book-forum/site- w/cabins from garbage/recycling and then some I figured it was about time to get up off my arse and get an actual account here, as on a few other sites I constantly(!) read. I'll also post a few of the "constructed-from-roadside-trash" cabins I've built soon- here and on my own blog/site (if anyone's interested, if not, I'll resume beer drinking, and general relaxation). I'm also in the process of building a 16 square foot multi-purpose, mobile cabin-sleeper/sauna/greenhouse/ice-fishing shanty that I'll eventually post upon (its one of three cabins in the works in my Sanford N' Son-like backyard)- yeah, my wife is a trooper! http://www.relaxshax.com http://www.relaxshacks.com In the meantime, after WELL over a year of illustrating and writing, I've now finally completed (through tiny yellow house press) my own small houses/cabins book "Humble Homes, Simple Shacks, Cozy Cottages, Ramshackle Retreats, Funky Forts- And Whatever The Heck Else We Could Squeeze In Here." Clockin' in, coffee-table-book size, at just over 100 pages filled with avalanches of sketches and redneck-thrift/yankee ingenuity projects and ideas, I'm now selling a small initial run of these hand assembled books (you can find all the details on the blog/post). Building your own windows, doors, solar showers, rainbarrels, bridges, furniture, and more from recycled crud, is all covered within. Inspirationally, the books owes good parts of its existence to the work of Lester Walker, David and Jeanie Stiles, D.C. Beard, Dan Price, and Lloyd Kahn. All in all, I'm a small-house book junky, and after the well started drying up a little (I've bought and read all the decent ones I could find) I decided to write my own. Anyway, thanks for looking, and I'll get some small house photos up soon! Happy belated new years to all! -Derek "Deek" Diedricksen

Posted by Deek D 8 years ago