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Furnishing a Sauna Suite #4: Sauna Stove Guard

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Blog entry by DustyMark posted 12-11-2020 04:53 AM 532 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Milestone

I passed my final electrical inspection with no corrections! Not bad for a thoroughly-researched DIY project…

Big Improvement

I made a stove guard similar to one sold by a high-end sauna manufacturer that features one rail an inch below the lip of the stove. It was mounted solidly to adjacent walls. I was a little uneasy that if someone lost their balance and grabbed it, that it would rip out of the wall. Mary was concerned that one rail wouldn’t be enough to keep her from accidentally burning her bum!

I added a second rail and a leg to solve both problems.

Construction

Simple cleats attach to the end of each rail with three screws. Two screws run through these cleats to the wall.

The short rails are mounted flush to the edge of the leg. I clamped the assembly before driving the screws to maintain square.

I clamped the long rails next and drove the screws to hold them to the leg.

The area under the stove stays wet since we pour water on the hot rocks for steam. This piece of UHMW plastic will keep the bottom of the leg dry.

Ready for sanding and paraffin oil finish.

Final Product

The updated version of the stove guard is sturdier and provides better burn protection.

Next

Build a section of duckboard flooring for placement in front of the low bench.

-- Mark, Minnesota



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