How to Install a Sauna Heater

A man and a woman in a sauna.
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What You'll Need
2/4 ceiling and wall studs
Nails
Insulation tape
Hammer
Electrical ground outlet
6 mil in minimum of vapor
2/6 floor joists
Insulated fiberglass
1/4 foot lumber bench
Sauna stove
Paneling boards
What You'll Need
2/4 ceiling and wall studs
Nails
Insulation tape
Hammer
Electrical ground outlet
6 mil in minimum of vapor
2/6 floor joists
Insulated fiberglass
1/4 foot lumber bench
Sauna stove
Paneling boards

Many people visit the sauna heater once in a while to rejuvenate and calm their minds. The widely used sauna heaters are of four types namely gas, wood, infrared, and electric sauna heaters.

Step 1 - Seal the Room

For installing the sauna, one must maintain the entire room’s atmosphere with humidity and isolate the room from the other rooms of the house. You need to seal the entire room for the moisture by stapling the vapor barrier to all surfaces like the floor, wall, and ceiling. Insulation causes the heat to radiate within the room and restricts it from exiting to the rest of the house causing undesired warmth.

Step 2 - Install Support

Above the vapor barrier of the floor, install supports for the floor. Make sure to leave the required amount of space in between these supports for installing the fiberglass insulation.

Step 3 - Install Studs

Be careful while installing studs over the vapor barrier of the wall, as it requires spacing for insulation. Installation of ceiling studs must be done by nailing them to wall studs. Again, ensure to leave space in between for insulation.

Step 4 - Install the Heating Stove

Install the heating stove with the help of electrical wiring.

Step 5 - Install the Tongue and Groove Panels

Over the insulated floor, install the Tongue and groove paneling boards. Using the hammer, nail the initial tongue and groove wall board’s ring to the stud’s bottom i.e., tongue upward and groove downward along the horizontal direction. These boards will prevent the moisture from slowly passing through the insulation below the floor and also makes the floor surface to be solid and firm.

Step 6 - Install the Wall Boards

    Install the wall boards in the form of layers, fit the grooves over tongues and move them upward of the wall till one reaches the outlet area of the stove that needs to be installed. While cutting the board, leave an opening for the outlet of the electrical wiring.

    Step 7 - Adjust Electrical Wiring

    Nail the tongue and groove paneling boards to the ceiling until it is completely covered. Use the opening for the electrical outlet in the board and make the necessary electrical wiring. Install an appropriate light fixture for the waterproof sauna room.

    Step 8 - Make the Sauna Bench

    You can build the sauna bench with the available wooden frames. Provide additional support for the benches and make them withstand heavy weight to improve their durability.

    Step 9 - Install the Sauna Stove

    Place the sauna stove no less than 4 feet from the bench to achieve optimum effects. Keep the heat temperature as per your requirements.

    Step 10 - Install the Door

    Install the pre-made door for your sauna room. The door may consist of windows attached with glass.