NC Sauna

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Project by Thumper posted 11-27-2009 07:42 PM 1844 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wife and I finally retired and relocated from VA to our house in NC. What a change! We did find that we missed our VA hot tub, but being on a well it seemed impractical to set up a hot tub and have to put 500 + gallons in it every 60 days. The wife does have sinus problems so the hot tub really helped, so I needed to figure out a good alternative. While pondering this, I had another brain cramp and poof!... Wet Sauna. Now all I had to do was figure out where to put it in the house. I looked at the patio that was off our master bedroom and realized that in nearly five years we had never used it except to clean out the leaves. The end result is a fully enclosed addition with space for the cats bowl and box and a aromatic cedar wet sauna. Had the local insulation guys come in and foam the walls and ceiling with R-30; covered the foam with reflective foil insulation; then covered the whole inside with aromatic cedar; built the benches out of cypress and nailed it all up with stainless steel fasteners. God I love being retired and having the latitude to build stuff. The work shop is next :-)

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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#1 posted 11-27-2009 08:00 PM

Great Job, an interesting story. I really like the roof line.

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#2 posted 11-27-2009 08:02 PM

very cool

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#3 posted 11-27-2009 08:29 PM

Now I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted one.

OhVlyAtrisan—It’s probably not so cool ——-Defeats the purpose—LOL



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#4 posted 11-28-2009 04:33 PM

great addition. what are you using to produce steam ?

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 02:54 PM


We are using an Amazon 9KW heater that heats igneous stones. Once the stones are up to temp, we pour small amounts of water on them to produce the steam. Room heats up to about 180 and the steam really cleans out the pores in the skin.

-- The major stress in retirement is choosing what t-shirt to wear

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