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GreenIsle

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03-02-2021 01:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: basswood sauna

Any thoughts on using basswodd for a sauna bench?

I know people would use cedar for most sauna work but what about basswood. It looks great, simple clean look, and doesn’t have that cedar smell. But is it any good for using in a sauna.

Will it hold up to the temperatures. Anyone any experience working with it?

Thanks


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Kudzupatch

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#1 posted 03-02-2021 01:47 PM

Not something I would use.

https://www.wood-database.com/basswood/":https://www.wood-database.com/basswood/

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#2 posted 03-02-2021 02:04 PM

Nope. Basswood has no characteristics that would make it a good candidate for use in a moist environment. White Oak would be a good alternative if you want a lighter colored wood without the scent of cedar with good rot resistance.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#3 posted 03-02-2021 02:10 PM

Too soft & porous. I think hard maple is preferred for strength & tight grain.

Oak will get … fuzzy … in a sauna.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#4 posted 03-02-2021 02:25 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.

https://www.sauna-talk.com/best-wood-for-sauna.html (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.)

https://saunapicker.com/best-wood-for-sauna/
https://neosauna.com/infrared-sauna-wood-types-basswood-vs-red-cedar/

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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GreenIsle

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#5 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.

https://www.sauna-talk.com/best-wood-for-sauna.html (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.)

https://saunapicker.com/best-wood-for-sauna/
https://neosauna.com/infrared-sauna-wood-types-basswood-vs-red-cedar/

- 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 – https://homesaunaheaven.com/basswood-sauna-build/ 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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#6 posted 03-02-2021 10:37 PM

Interesting, have only been in cedar ones. Possibly redwood. Never thought to try something else.

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#7 posted 03-03-2021 12:38 AM

Just a though what about Pedra it is certainly rot resistant?

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#8 posted 03-03-2021 01:08 AM



Just a though what about Pedra it is certainly rot resistant?

- 75c


Red Balau would be another great choice. Still makes me think of previous comments on woods getting too hot and dense woods like these may be subject to it? That’s why you throw a towel under your butt. :)

-- Darrel

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#9 posted 03-03-2021 02:00 AM

One of my local lumber yards sells basswood boards it’s very tempting. I Just never have a project In my mind I can fit it too.
I do remember buying a board once thinking I could glue up some blanks for carving and found it was much denser then blocks from Rockler. They have very nice soft carving blanks.
Bass wood is a lot like poplar but more expensive.

-- Aj

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#10 posted 03-03-2021 03:16 AM

Teak -or- Cedar.

Here endeth the discussion.

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#11 posted 03-03-2021 03:24 AM

Think about white oak. Ship builders used white oak back during the days of the Tall ships.

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