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MrSauna Tips for the Trade and Professional

As a professional builder, contractor, or architect, you probably have many questions regarding the use, installation, and maintenance of MrSauna® rooms and heaters. Here are answers to some of the questions that are most frequently asked. If you don’t see your question here, be sure to use the Feedback form to tell us!

If there is more information about a specific answer within the web site, we have supplied a link to that information.


For All Sauna Rooms

Question
What type of wood is used to construct the sauna rooms?

Answer
Both pre-cut and pre-built saunas use A & better clear western red cedar or clear all-heart redwood.


Question
What type of wood is used to construct the sauna bench(es)?

Answer
1x4 or 2x2 clear vertical grain cedar with 1x4 face and frame members. Use galvanized nails and fasteners, concealed where possible.


Question
What accessories come provided with both pre-cut and pre-built sauna rooms?

Answer
The manufacturer’s standard accessories are a sauna thermometer, a wooden water bucket and ladle, one head rest, and one back rest. Other accessories are available and the complete list can be viewed in the MrSauna Order Form.


Question
What do I need to consider to properly vent the sauna room?

Answer
Inlet ventilation openings must be located at the bottom of the wall as close to floor level as possible.

Rooms with a floor area equal to or less than 31 sq. ft. required ventilation openings of 9.3 sq. in. or more. High altitude installations may require reduced ventilation openings. Rooms with a floor greater than 31 sq. ft. require ventilation openings equal to the floor area multiplied by (0.3). Outlet ventilation openings must be located at the top of the wall as close to ceiling as possible and must be the size of the inlet openings.

Sauna room MUST be properly vented. Air flow heater should not be restricted. Failure to do so may result in oxygen depletion or an improperly functioning heater. Fire sprinkler systems used inside any sauna room should be properly rated for sauna room temperatures. Failure to do so may result in defective fire prevention system.


Question
Where should I place the sauna heater?

Answer
The minimum height of the ceiling above the heater is 40". Do not locate benches over heater.


Question
Can I use stains or finishes on my sauna rooms?

Answer
Do not use any stains or finished on sauna room interior. Doing so may result in dangerous fumes or fire.

For Pre-Built Sauna Rooms

Question
What does the interior and exterior finish consist of in the pre-built sauna rooms?

Answer
The interior is 1 x 6 V-joint T&G boards machined from clear softwood lumber kiln-dried to average 10% or less moisture content, sanded smooth. All boards full length, glued with construction adhesive, and blind nailed with 4d galvanized nails or equivalent power stapling onto fir framing. The floor should be removable wood duckboards constructed of blind fastened vertical grain boards of same species as interior finish, laid loose over a permanent finish flooring.

The exterior consists of 1 x 6 V-joint T&G boards as specified for sauna interior on exposed walls or ¼" Luan mahogany plywood on wall concealed by other work. The exterior ceilings are the same as the walls.


Question
What type of sauna door is supplied with the pre-built sauna room?

Answer
An all cedar door with tempered, smoked vision panel, wooden door pull, self-closing hinge on a mahogany jamb.

For Pre-Cut Sauna Rooms

Question
What wall, ceiling, and door framing is recommended before constructing the pre-cut rooms?

Answer
Masonry or concrete walls should be stripped with 2x4 dry framing material 16 inch centers to provide nailing of wall paneling. Frame walls should be standard stud walls. If interior cedar is to be mounted vertically, horizontal furring strips are required. The ceiling height should be roughed to 85" with ceiling joists consisting of 2x4, 2x6, or 2x8 dry fir 16 inch center. Provide a rough opening for the manufacturer’s standard sauna door of 26" x 82".


Question
What type of interior finish and floors are to be used?

Answer
1x6 V-joint T&G boards machined from clear softwood lumber kiln-dried to average 10% or less moisture content, sanded smooth. All boards full length glued with construction adhesive, blind nailed with 4d galvanized nails or equivalent power stapling. The floors should be removable wood duckboards constructed of blind fastened vertical grain boards of same species as interior finish, laid loose over permanent finish flooring.


Question
What type of exterior wall and ceiling finish is recommended?

Answer
This is up to the preference of each individual architect.