Radiant Electric Sauna Heater
Traditional Finnish sayings
"In a sauna your cares and woes dissipate"
" Sauna is a poor-mans drugstore"
In Finland, 1500 years ago, the sauna was nothing more than a pile of
rocks on the floor of the steam room. Hot embers from a fire were spread over this pile
until the rocks were hot. Ashes were removed, and water was tossed upon them to produce
steam ( "loyly" ).
There was often a window in between the sauna and the changing room (if
there was a changing room), with a lantern in it for light. The lantern couldn't be
in the sauna (heat room), because the steam from the sauna wouldn't allow the fuel in the
lantern to burn.
In the latter 19th century, about the time of the Industrial
Revolution, the steel "kiuas" came into being. This was a wood-burning stove
with a large rock capacity to produce "loyly". The "kiuas", and
it's attached water heater, was used for hot water for the family before the advent of
The sauna was, and still is, a very important part of life for the
Finnish. It was usually the first structure to be built when a homestead was being
developed. It was a place for cleaning, bathing, curing meats, and also birthing
children because it was the only place with hot water.
As technology progressed, the electric sauna heater came into use. It
has all of the pleasures of a wood-fired sauna except one; the smell and smoke of a wood
fire. It is fast, extremely efficient, and produces no by-products ( ash, dust or grime ),
besides being more convenient.