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The Ultimate Guide to Outdoor Saunas: Relaxation, Health, and More with Hekla Saunas

Outdoor saunas have become increasingly popular in recent years, offering a unique way to relax, unwind, and reap numerous health benefits. These small, heated structures can turn your backyard into a sanctuary of warmth and rejuvenation. In this ultimate guide, we'll explore everything you need to know about outdoor saunas, from their history and types to installation and health benefits, with a special focus on the availability of Hekla Cube and Barrel saunas, which are currently in stock and start at £6,499.

The History of Saunas

A Hekla Barrel Sauna covered in snow
Outdoor Hekla Barrel Sauna

Saunas have a rich history that dates back thousands of years. The concept of using heat for relaxation and health benefits has been embraced by cultures worldwide. The traditional Finnish sauna is one of the most well-known, with its roots going back over 2,000 years. Native Americans, Russians, and many other cultures have also embraced the therapeutic power of saunas. The practice has evolved over time, and today, you can enjoy saunas in a variety of settings, including the great outdoors.

Types of Outdoor Saunas

  1. Traditional Wood-Burning Sauna: These saunas are heated by burning wood, typically using a wood stove inside the sauna. They provide a classic and authentic sauna experience, often found in cabins or rustic settings.

  2. Electric Sauna: Electric saunas are more modern and easy to control. They use an electric heater to generate heat. You can adjust the temperature and time with precision, making them convenient for those who want a more relaxed sauna experience.

  3. Infrared Sauna: Infrared saunas use infrared heating elements to heat your body directly, rather than heating the air. They operate at lower temperatures than traditional saunas but can still offer a variety of health benefits.

  4. Portable Sauna: These saunas are compact and can be set up in various outdoor locations. They are ideal for people with limited space or those who want a temporary sauna experience.

Health Benefits of Outdoor Saunas

a Lady relaxing in a sauna
Relaxing in a sauna
  1. Stress Reduction: Saunas, whether indoor or outdoor, are known for their stress-reducing properties. The heat and relaxation they offer can help lower cortisol levels and promote a sense of calm.

  2. Improved Circulation: Sauna sessions increase heart rate and stimulate blood flow, which can help improve circulation. This, in turn, can benefit your cardiovascular health.

  3. Detoxification: Sweating in a sauna helps eliminate toxins from your body through the skin. It's a natural way to rid your body of impurities and promote overall well-being.

  4. Muscle Relaxation: Saunas can help relax muscles, reduce muscle tension, and alleviate aches and pains. This is particularly beneficial for athletes or those with muscle-related discomfort.

  5. Better Sleep: Regular sauna use has been linked to improved sleep patterns. The relaxation and stress reduction provided by saunas can help you get a good night's sleep.

Installing an Outdoor Sauna

Installing an outdoor sauna can be a DIY project or something you hire professionals to do. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Choose a Location: Select a suitable spot in your outdoor space, considering factors like privacy, accessibility, and proximity to a power source.

  2. Build or Assemble: Depending on the type of sauna, you'll either build it from scratch or assemble it from a kit. Ensure proper insulation and ventilation.

  3. Electric and Plumbing Work: If you opt for an electric sauna, you'll need an electrician to set up the wiring. Some saunas may also require plumbing for a shower or water source.

  4. Safety and Regulations: Ensure that your sauna complies with local building codes and safety regulations.

  5. Finishing Touches: Once your sauna is ready, you can add benches, lighting, and other amenities to create a comfortable and inviting atmosphere.

Maintenance and Safety

To ensure the longevity of your outdoor sauna and your safety, consider the following:

  1. Regular Cleaning: Keep the sauna clean to prevent the buildup of bacteria and mould. Wipe down benches and walls after each use.

  2. Wood Maintenance: If you have a wood sauna, periodic sealing and staining are necessary to protect the wood from moisture and weather.

  3. Safety Measures: Always follow safety guidelines, including setting a timer, staying hydrated, and never using the sauna if you have medical conditions that may be aggravated by heat.

Hekla Cube and Barrel Saunas

For those interested in a high-quality outdoor sauna experience, Hekla Cube and Barrel saunas are an excellent choice. These saunas offer premium craftsmanship and a range of features for your comfort. The best part? They are currently in stock and start at just £6,499, making them an affordable and accessible option for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their outdoor space.


Outdoor saunas provide a delightful way to relax and enjoy a multitude of health benefits right in your own backyard. Whether you choose a traditional wood-burning sauna, an electric sauna, or an infrared sauna, the experience is sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated. With proper installation, maintenance, and safety precautions, an outdoor sauna can become a cherished addition to your home, promoting relaxation, health, and well-being. So, why not invest in your own outdoor sanctuary of warmth and relaxation today with Hekla Cube and Barrel saunas?

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