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#1 posted 03-02-2021 10:32 PM

I would have thought that basswood was weak and not decay-resistant enough for saunas, but a lot of sauna-building companies say that it s a good choice. (Basswood – proven to be hypoallergenic and odor free, basswood is one of the best choices for individuals with allergies. It is also consistent in color and has very few knots, making it pleasing aesthetically as well.

It tends to stand up well to the heat of a sauna, with one of the best heat to strength ratios of any wood, which means a basswood sauna can be a good long term investment.

Better still, it can be sourced directly from the U.S. so that it is readily available and cost efficient.)

- jdh122

Thanks Jeremy, yep the online reports are good for it, which is suprising to me. Hypoalergenic and no odor are big pluses. It seems to be being used for than people realised. Some people even recommend it as one of the best choices – I think it’s worth a shot.

HokieKen, not sure about oak in a sauna. They say it gets super hot. It just soaks up the heat and becomes to hot to sit on. Don’t fancy getting ‘bench-scorched’. :) :D Have you used oak before??

Cedar, spruce and basswood seem to be the go-tos for saunas.

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