Hemlock (LK-Floating Bench Style)

Hemlock with Floating Benches

Hemlock is popular alternative to cedar

Hemlock with Floating Benches

Hemlock is popular alternative to cedar and and chosen for it's modern aesthetic and consistent colour profile. 

Hemlock is one of the "harder" softwoods and has been used effectively for decades in residential saunas. 

A great option for those seeking a more contemporary colour profile whie still looking to enjoy all of the benefits that come with a personal sauna.

(We do not recommend Hemlock for commercial public saunas where there is more abuse and excessive water use)

Hemlock with Floating Benches   Hemlock with Floating Benches



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Kits: Clear vs. Knotty vs. Hemlock

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LK Plus

Clear Cedar

Plus or Premium or Floating

LK Plus (“the original”) was the first style of sauna kit we began with over 50 years ago. Still the big seller, but the increasingly popular Premium and Floating bench kits are catching up.

2x4 cedar for bench tops and bench framing.

Standard heater is the Sauna Craft CWM series with TPT3 mechanical control. Upgraded Sauna Craft and Tylo are available as optional upgrades.

Optional & Upgraded doors, skirting, backrests, floor boards & accessories.

LK Premium As LK Plus with a bunch the most popular upgrades and upgrades included in the package. 2x4 bench tops & framing. Includes upgraded Sauna Craft CW-XR heater & EL-13 electronic control. Built in designer backrest behind top bench. Cedar skirt in top bench riser. Sauna bucket & ladle, thermometer and light shade.

LK Floating bench As LK Plus except for the benches. With the floating bench style, you provide your own bench sub-structure( 2x6 or 2x4 SPF (spruce, pine, fir). We provide 1x4 s4s cedar for bench tops. There are no legs or floor supports. The bottom bench extends fully under top bench. Floating bench is an increasingly popular style with those looking for more modern, open appearance. It is especially popular with those selecting a full frameless glass front wall

  • All tongue & groove (t&g) lining material is 11/16” thickness
  • Full lengths (up to 8’) for t&g cedar for walls & ceiling. (May be limited to one wall of 8’ full length per sauna.)


Knotty Cedar

Knotty Lining with Clear Benches

The Knotty Kit is a cost package using the ever-popular Western Red Cedar.
The cost saving is achieved in a couple of different ways.

One way is the wall/ceiling lining itself.
Knotty cedar has all the great qualities of clear cedar, but is significantly less expensive. Some also prefer the “rustic” look of knotty cedar. It is especially popular for outdoor and cottage saunas.

Another cost savings is the benches. The bench tops are 1x4 s4s cedar (as opposed to the 2x4 used in the LK Plus & Premium packages). To compensate for the thinner bench tops, we provide additional floor supports (legs)-no more than 30” on center.
The 2x4 bench tops are an option for either Econo Kit.

Lastly, the Knotty kit includes the Saaku heater with built in controls. Manufactured for Saunafin by Helo saunas of Finland. It is a quality heater with generous rock capacity. The Saaku is a lower priced heater model.
Sauna Craft & Tylo are both available as optional upgrades




Floating Style or Boxed Benches

We are proud to offer clear kiln dried Hemlock as a popular alternative to cedar and selected for its uniformity of colour and modern appeal.

Hemlock is a “soft” hardwood that holds up well in saunas and can be customized to meet your needs.

The “Boxed” benches have full top and bottom skirts, which conceals the substructure.
The “Floating” benches have full depth bottom bench. Open below with no visible legs or bench supports. The Hemlock material provide hides the bench sub-structure.

In both cases, you provide the SPF (spruce pine, fir) to frame the benches. The 1x4 s4s Hemlock seating surface conceals the framing.

Standard heater is the Sauna Craft CWM series with TPT3 mechanical control. Upgraded Sauna Craft and Tylo are available as optional upgrades

Construction Details

Click to view installation manual for your selected sauna kit:

"Clear & Knotty Cedar Kits"


"Hemlock Kits"

"Architectural Specifications"

Note: Below are merely short form instructions for your consideration. The material kit will come with a full manual including detailed drawings.

You Supply:


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 83-1/2". Frame the ceiling so that the cedar will run the shortest direction. Provide extra blocking for bench supports and heater.

Standard kit height 831/2".  Most  Saunas are 7' height or lower. Minimum height is generally 75" to 78" depending on heater model.
Maximum sauna height should never be higher than 8'.  If you really want higher, we strongly urge being as close to 7' as you can, i.e. 7'-4" or 7'-6". (Extra cost for additional cedar.)


For standard horizontal lining, strapping is not required.
If lining vertically, strap (1 x 2 spf) over the foil to change direction. Can be used to create air space, but it is not necessary.


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.

We Supply:

Vapour Barrier

Foil vapour barrier over the inside edge face of studs over the insulation.


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 11/2" nails supplied. Install the tongue and groove to the ceiling first. Start lining the walls at the floor and work your way up. The first board should be left about 1/2" off the floor. Cut the last board to fit.


Fasteners supplied are galvanized nails and treated deck screws. All fastening is to be blind nailed.


Depending on kit selected, there are clear 1 x 4 or 2 x 4 boards for bench top 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 nails or 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 about 9/16". (You can make gap smaller, but it will affect overall bench depth. You will have to adjust framing accordingly).
It is important to have two tier benches. the warmest air is closer ot ceiling. Sitting at a lower level, you will not feel the heat.

Door (door pictures)

Door Rough Opening.
Standard: Frameless door Rough Opening: 27-1/2" x 76-1/2"
Optional: Cedar framed door style Rough Opening  26" x 76-1/2"

ROUGH OPENING: If unsure which door you want we recommend going with the wider.  You can always reduce and trim later.
Frameless glass door has jamb on four sides.  And comes with detachable spacer for bottom which has channel for back up ventilation
With spacer, rough opening will be 27-1/2" x 76-1/2"

Cedar framed door with 16" x 64" insulated glass or Solid cedar door with smaller 12"x24" insulated glass.
All doors are Pre-hung on jamb.
Frameless Glass Door = 24" x 72". With bottom spacer, Rough Opening=271/2 x 761/2".)
Cedar Door Style.  Size = 24" x 74". Standard  Rough opening=26" x 761/2". 
Larger and custom doors available (i.e Tall Door=24"x78", Commercial Door=28"x78", Handicap Access=36"x78")


Sauna Craft CW- model heaters can be mounted in the corner or on a straight wall.
Tylo  (& Saaku) Sauna Heaters are designed to mount on the straight wall.

Heater Guard

Use the 2 x 2 for the vertical posts and the 1 x 3 for the horizontal rails. 

Floor (optional)

Use 1 x 4, square edge laid over 1x4 sleepers. Build as with benches with good face on walking surface. Top boards should be spaced approx. 5/8" apart. The sleepers should be placed at 1'-0" on center.

Other Considerations


Commercial (public) 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. (Our rule of thumb: If you are doing complete reno; i.e., breaking floors, new shower & bathroom, etc., we would suggest a sauna drain.  If you are putting sauna in to an already finished area, it is likely not worth the cost to add a drain.


For residential, tile is attractive and functional; however, it is also acceptable to leave cement.  If sauna is on upper level with wood sub-floor, there should be a rubber membrane, cement scratch coat and tile (like shower floor).
If floor is sloped to drain, mosaic tiles are best.
You may add a tile baseboard up the wall 2-3"

(for saunas up to 450 cubic feet)
(4kW to 9kW)  (Exterior Controls)
CW Wall Hung - Wall or Corner mounted
Stainless Steel (304) shell and inner baffles


100% Stainless Steal.


100% Stainless Steal.
Deep Rock Compartment
Extended Warranty



Residential Warranty: 5 years.

Commercial Warranty:

1 year

CW-XR: Residential Warranty:


Commercial Warranty:

3 year


(for saunas over 450 cubic feet)
(12kW to 18kW)
FM Floor Standing (Exterior Controls)
Stainless Steel (304) shell and inner baffles


100% Stainless Steal.


100% Stainless Steal.
Deep Rock Compartment
Extended Warranty



Residential Warranty: 5 years.

Commercial Warranty:

1 year

CW-XR: Residential Warranty:


Commercial Warranty:

3 year


XR Model Heaters - Deep Rock Basket

CW-XR and FM-XR have deep mesh rock basket
Vertical column of rocks and better vaporization

Sauna heater xr model deep rock basket


Tylo Sense models.

Sense Sport:

Mechanical thermostat and Spring Timer at front bottom of heater.

Sense Plus-Pure:

Low voltage separate control with light diodes.

Sense Plus-Elite:

Low voltage separate control. Touch pad &WiFi tylo sense sport sauna heater model

Sense Combi-Pure:

Separate steaming reservior.
Low voltage separate control with light diodes.

Sense Combi-Elite:

Separate steaming reservoir. Low voltage separate control. 
tylo sense combi sauna heater modelTouch pad &WiFi

The heart of every sauna is the sauna heater.

Tylö sauna heaters are widely renowned and greatly respected for their high quality and distinct features - but not everyone knows all the reasons for this. That's why we'd like to take this opportunity to point out some of the most important benefits of the Tylö design and explain what this means for you. Read on to find out why the hottest range of sauna heaters on the market knocks all the others cold.

Safe to touch.

"Thermosafe" velvety covering ensures a low surface temperature - just 40°C on the front and sides of the heater.

Quickest heat-up time.

Twin side chambers maximize the through-flow of air, minimize heat-up time and economize on running costs.
No other sauna heater uses less energy.

The lowest energy consumption.

Test after test confirms that Tylö is the most energy-efficient sauna heater.

The most even bathing temperature

tylo sense combi plus sauna heater model

A divided output is the secret behind the constant bathing temperature and lower energy consumption of a Tylö heater. Divided output means the heaters elements cycle in stages. Other heaters go on/off, on/off, etc. causing a temperature swing. Tylo heaters maintain an overall higher and more consistent temperature.

The finest material quality.

Only Tylö has a solid-cast top, inner casing and stainless steel stone compartment.

The best heating elements.

Tylö is the only sauna manufacturer to produce its own heating elements - the very heart of every heater. High quality here is crucial for a long service life, and Tylö elements are widely regarded as unsurpassed.

Tylo sauna heaters infographics

Optimum water sprinkling.

A deep generously proportioned stone compartment, and direct contact between the stones and the heating elements ensure perfect water sprinkling with 100% vaporization.

The right quantity of stones.

Tylö makes sure that the quantity of stones is perfectly matched to the output. Too many stones prolong heating-up times, leading to higher energy consumption and poorer steam generating performance. Tylö heaters are also the only ones on the market that can be used with or without stones.

Tylo sauna heater

Built-in humidifier.

This unique Tylö feature further enhances your sauna bathing experiences.

Superior performance.

With a Tylö heater, you can enjoy a pleasant sauna, wet or dry, at whatever temperature you choose from 40-90°C (104-194°F).

Best in the test.

Time and time again Tylö has scored top marks in Finnish sauna tests. Tylö was first awarded the coveted 'Best in Test' accolade in competition with seven Finnish heaters in 1982. A test published in a Finnish magazine (Kuluttaja no. 5, 1995) confirmed that Tylö also has the quickest heating-up time and lowest energy consumption. A SEMKO test in April 1999 confirmed this result and also proved that the steam generating performance of Tylö heaters was unrivaled.

Combi (Soft Sauna)

Click for more info:  Tylo Combi Steaming Sauna Heater Brochure

The Tylo Sense Combi is quite simply the most sophisticated sauna heater on the market - the only heater that lets you enjoy traditional or Soft Sauna in one and the same room. The choice is yours. We call it Soft Sauna.

A gentle way to share a pleasurable experience. It is just as much a way of life as it is a technical sensation, and yet it takes up just a few square meters of space in your home. Invite your friends and family, select a therapeutic essential oil, feel the warmth and gentle. Steam engulf you, and enjoy being together. Let Soft Sauna make an impression on your day.


What's Your Temperature?

Soft Sauna picks up where traditional saunas leave off. Some people prefer a hot and quick sauna, others like to linger in mild temperatures, enjoying the gentle steam and aromatic fragrances. Test for yourself which temperatures and options are ideal for you and your relaxing moment.

Imagine having a family home spa with the resources of a professional spa where you can relax together, exquisitely engulfed in steam and aromatic scents – and yet also be able to enjoy the relaxing dry heat of a traditional sauna. Choose the sauna cubicle and heater that suits you and the way you want your moment to be. A moment that stretches on and beyond.

sauna bathing  temperatures


Double Your Enjoyment

The Combi is like having two saunas in one. In dry mode, it operates like a typical sauna - high heat, low humidity. In "soft sauna" or steam-sauna mode, it is an entirely different sensation. When you splash water on the rocks, you to get that blast of heat. Many of those who enjoy saunas love that sensation. Others find it a bit too intense. When you slow boil  the water, you soften the heat. It takes the edge off. The Combi broadens the appeal of saunas. Those who have historically not like saunas really enjoy it. And old fashioned sauna enthusiast love it even more. You can still splash water on the rocks in steam mode to get that wave of extra heat. The Sense Combi is a true hybrid. Two distinct sauna experiences in one and the same room.


Can I Have Steam In a Cedar Room?

The Combi produces steam and the sauna is more humid that a typical sauna, but it does not generate steambath levels of steam. It is not a Turkish bath. You will see steam rising off the heater and you will feel the difference, but the walls do not get wet. And once the Combi has completed its steam cycle, the sauna portion comes on high for 20 minutes to help bake the room dry.


Click for more info:  Tylo Combi Steaming Sauna Heater Brochure

Material Liner Kit Freight Estimate


Most Kits are picked up at our factory.  For all others please call for shipping rate.



Freight will be confirmed before the the order is finalized.
The U.S. freight table below is an estimate based your part of the country.

Sauna Kits are shipped via transport truck. Delivery is curbside (at the end of your driveway).
Lift gate delivery is included where available (for sizes up to 92")


Packaging: There is a $225 charge for Packaging Sauna Kit & Palletizing for Shipment.

Sauna Size 4x4 to 5x6 4x7 to 5x7 6x7 to 6x8 7x7 to 8x8 8x8 (12Kw) to 8x10
Zone 1 $730.00 $770.00 $820.00 $850.00 $870.00
Zone 2 $740.00 $780.00 $840.00 $870.00 $880.00
Zone 3 $740.00 $780.00 $840.00 $870.00 $880.00
Zone 4 $820.00 $880.00 $940.00 $1000.00 $1030.00
Zone 5 $860.00 $800.00 $960.00 $1000.00 $1050.00
Zone 6 $840.00 $900.00 $960.00 $1000.00 $1050.00
Zone 7 $820.00 $880.00 $940.00 $1000.00 $1050.00
Zone 8 $900.00 $950.00 $1000.00 $1050.00 $1050.00
Zone 9 $1000.00 $1050.00 $1100.00 $1200.00 $1200.00
Zone 10 $1000.00 $1050.00 $1100.00 $1200.00 $1200.00


Freight surcharge may apply to remote or harder to reach zones (i.e. Mountain regions, FL keys, etc.)

Freight surcharge may apply to remote or harder to reach zones (i.e. Mountain regions, FL keys, etc.)

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