Why Are Saunas Made of Cedar?

It’s one of the most common questions we get from folks looking to install a sauna in their home.

Why are saunas made of cedar? 

The answer to that is simple, since it was first discovered, the wood from cedar trees has proven to be the best wood for saunas because of it’s natural ability to withstand moisture.

On top of it’s superior ability to withstand heat and moisture, cedar also smells the best. Well, fresh cut pine may give it a run for it’s money.

Sauna and Cedar Wood

Aside from the fact that it’s wood is naturally built to withstand moisture, lasting longer than any other type of wood inside a high heat / humidity room like a sauna, cedar wood smells great. While many folks like to use oils for smell in a sauna, I, like many others enjoy the natural smell of cedar wood.

Personally, I’ve heard quite a few horror stories of folks who’ve built saunas on their own, using a wood other than cedar. What ends up happening is the wood cracks with the constant expansion and contraction inside the actual sauna room.

Should I use cedar wood throughout my entire sauna? 

Yes. We recommend using cedar wood both inside your sauna room as well as in the changing room area of your sauna. The reason for that is this, when you leave your sauna.. so does a tremendous amount of moisture.

If you build a sauna without using cedar wood inside, you run the risk of cracking, warping, and moisture leakage that can be harmful to other areas of your house.

Whether you’re using an electric sauna heater or a wood stove, Cedar wood has proven to withstand the incredible amounts of humidity produced by saunas that get constant use and large amounts of steam. The most prolific sauna users pour several gallons of water over their sauna stove (yes, you can put water on an electric sauna stove). If you’re one of those users, having a cedar interior on your sauna is a must.

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