Use 2 x 4 construction grade spruce studs to
frame the walls and ceiling. If the ceiling span is over 10', use
2 x 6 studs. Unless otherwise specified, for saunas up to 8' x
8', the walls are LINED HORIZONTALLY and FRAMED VERTICALLY. Frame
the walls at 16" on center. Frame or strap the ceiling to an inside
height of 82-1/2". Frame the ceiling so that the cedar will run
the shortest direction. Provide extra blocking for bench supports
Electrical rough-in of heater, control and light
should be done at this time. If using an outside control, the thermostat should be installed at this stage. (See heater specifications and control wiring diagrams
for wire and breaker sizes.) Hook-up of the heater and light can
be done after the sauna is completed.
The space between the studs in the walls and
ceiling is filled with 3-1/2", R-12 fiberglass insulation.
Foil vapour barrier over the inside edge face of studs over the
If lining vertically, strap (1 x 2
or 1 x 3) over the foil to change direction. Can be
used to create air space, but it is not necessary.
Use the specified lengths of tongue and groove
cedar (see "Material Packing List"). Depending on the actual inside
finished size of your sauna, it may be necessary to trim these boards.
Nail through the tongue only in order to conceal all nail heads
(Blind nailing). Use the 1-1/2" nails supplied. Install the tongue
and groove cedar to the ceiling first. Start lining the walls at
the floor and work your way up. The first cedar board should be
left about 3/4" off the floor. Cut the last board to fit.
Fasteners supplied are galvanized nails and
Deck King treated screws. All fastening is to be blind nailed.
There are clear cedar 1 x 4 or 2 x 4 boards for the
bench construction. Depending on the actual inside finished size
of your sauna, it may be necessary to trim these boards. Before
doing any fastening, select the boards to make sure the better face
of the board comes out on the sitting surface. When building the
benches, the better side will be face down as you are fastening
from the bottom. This is so there are no screws on the finished
surface. Use the treated nails and screws supplied. If the sauna is
5' or more deep, the top bench is 20" deep and the bottom bench
is 16" deep. If the sauna is 4' deep, the benches will be 20"
& 8". Spacing between the bench boards should be 1/2" - 5/8".
Cedar framed full-length glass door or Solid
cedar door with small window. Pre-hung on 5/8" x 4-9/16" mahogany
jamb. DOOR OPENS OUT. Standard size 24" x 74". Rough opening is
26" x 76-1/2".
Sauna Craft heaters can be mounted in the corner
or on a straight wall. Tylo Sauna Heaters are designed to mount
on the straight wall.
Use the 2 x 2 for the vertical posts and the 1
x 3 (or 4) for the horizontal rails. Due to their "cool-touch" shells, Tylo heaters may not require a guard.
Use 1 x 4 cedar, square edge laid over cedar sleepers. Build as
with benches with good face on walking surface. Top boards should
be spaced 1/2" apart. The sleepers should be placed at 1'-0" on
Commercial saunas should have a drain in the
center of the floor (sloped to the drain) to facilitate cleaning.
Most residential saunas have drains, but it is not essential. Water
should only be used in moderation. It is splashed on the rocks and
For residential, tile is attractive and functional;
however it is also acceptable to leave concrete. Tile the floor
and up the wall 2-3".
NOTE: These are merely short form instructions
for your consideration. The material kit will come with a full manual
including detailed drawings.