I have the most beautiful outdoor location for a sauna here in Olympia
washington, but it is a rental home, so all involved would like to make
it on the thrift.
I am building a 5x8x8 wooden sauna that needs a propane heater, as wood
would be difficult to get down this crazy trail which leads to the
Could I take a friends small potbelly woodstove and insert a propane
burner into it? My thought was to clog the wood stoves intake and route
an exterior air intake pipe.... or do I even need to do that?
The propane stove is rated at 30,000 btu's and I read somewhere that
you need a thousand btu's for every 15 square feet of sauna space. That
makes 21,000 btu's. At least a third of my heat is heading out the
Rocks on top of it all.
Any, all, advise desired.
PS. I am thinking of making it from cedar shakes. Sees the easiest and
cheapest. Thoughts on that?
30,000 btu sounds like aa lot. i've put in a few electric sauna
heaters and something like you have would probably take 6 kw or so. but
better too many btu's than too few.
i don't have any advice on the propane design. i guess you'll have to
experiment. i don't think co is a big concern--i'd fire the sauna with
a window open until the rocks are good and hot, and then turn off the
burner while i was actually using the sauna. i do wonder if you can
get a propane tank, stove, building materials down there, why not just
go with wood heat? a good armfull per sauna session would about do it.
i guess you must have your reasons.
i built one in my basement this winter and used cedar undercourse
shakes for everything but the walls behind the benches and the ceiling.
worked great and looks good and much cheaper than panelling.
I use a Kidde, I believe in my cabin. At all times, it has a display of the
current CO level. Push a button, and it will display the high since the
These are great, as if the danger point is say, 400, and the current level
is 397, you're not sitting there thinking everything's okay since it's not
screaming. Just a peace of mind issue, really. They will all scream if you
go over the limit.
CO is nasty stuff. It affects everyone differently. A room full of people
exposed will have different symptoms. Some conk out easier than others.
Yes, you are asking about information on your stove, and I cannot help you
on that. But I have had four friends killed by CO, and four others nearly
killed, so I just wanted to warn you about something you may not have
I believe the Kidde units, or the other good ones with the displays are
about $40. Not a lot to spend for what you get.
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