This is a fantastic idea, and I don't think I will collapse the
building. I have a friend that makes his apartments kitchen into a
makeshift sauna during parties. He boils different herbs in water on
each of his four burners on an electric range, drops a blanket over the
doorway - presto! sauna. Seems to me if I kept it drier I could keep
from damaging the cabinets (old crappy solid fir) and subfloor/walls.
I intended on just making some cedar benches, installing a door,
sealing it and pulling the fridge and stove (gas). I can't remember if
I can make 220 up from two my 110 service. Both apartments have 4 20
amp breakers (new electrical as of 2002).
"Why go to all that bother?? "
I live in an apartment building, this is my only alternative. A
portable sauna does me no good. This kitchen is just sitting there. Its
not very large either, but large enough that I am worried about how
many watts I will need to warm it up, say in one or two hours. It would
seem that 3000 watts could get it warm.
There is a old oven vent in the ceiling (3.5") that I plan on sticking
a bathroom fan on, to clear the air after a sauna is though.
The way I see it, this room will see less abuse that my current
bathroom, which receives two or more showers a day with no airvent or
window. All original walls and trim. Everythings fine since 1922. (the
walls are lath and plaster (concrete-like) in the whole building. I
just want to do what I can to prevent any damage.