Wood-burning stove for sauna - Home sauna with your own wood-burning stove

Wood stove for sauna: romance versus potential danger?

The sauna at home has to be heated somehow - that much is clear. Those who are not comfortable with an electric sauna heater will inevitably look into a wood-burning stove. But what does the sauna owner have to expect? What are the costs and what needs to be considered?

Wood-burning stove for sauna: classic sauna and observing the laws at the same time

The classic wood-burning sauna stove is the first choice for many sauna lovers. The logs crackle romantically, you can watch the fire and the room climate is very pleasant. The necessary re-laying of the wood is not an annoying task, but is seen as part of the relaxation. However, there are some legal regulations to be observed so that the wood stove may be operated in the home sauna at all.

A fire protection plate must be fitted between the stove and the wall, and the stove's standing surface must also be protected accordingly. There must be a safety distance between the wall and the stove and between the stove and the ceiling. In addition, the wood stove must bear the CE mark, which means that it is safe according to DIN EN 15821-2010. In addition, there are the requirements of the Federal Immission Control Ordinance, which must also be complied with. This is where the chimney sweep comes into play, with whom it is best to discuss the construction measure for your own wood stove. He can also tell you what really requires a permit and which conditions you must comply with. In some cases, the requirements differ from one federal state to the next or even from one city to the next. These requirements are often formulated in a way that goes beyond the Federal Immission Control Act.

Important: The wood-burning stove produces smoke during operation, so the distance to neighbours must be guaranteed. This is necessary so that the smoke can dissipate without affecting the neighbours.

Wood stove for sauna - advantages and disadvantages of the wood stove

If you decide to buy a wood-burning stove, you will first have to pay for the purchase, which starts at around 400 euros, depending on the model. Of course, there are no upper limits to the prices. With a wood-burning stove, you always have full cost control and the opportunity to compare prices for wood and then choose the cheapest supplier. You must plan for the costs of the chimney sweep, these can amount to up to 70 euros per year depending on the scope of the services.

Operating the sauna via a wood-burning stove is romantic and many sauna fans rave about the extremely hot infusions that can be produced with the stove.

However, the wood stove in the sauna at home also has disadvantages. You always have to make sure that you have enough wood on hand. It must be procured and stored in a dry place. You cannot go to the sauna spontaneously because the wood stove has to heat up first. You should always consider the time and effort involved! It is also important to dispose of the ash. A lot of dirt can accumulate here, so you should proceed carefully.

In practice, of course, wood-burning stoves are much more susceptible to fire - so insurance companies are very interested in the type of stove you use for heating. The insurance premium is correspondingly high.

If you want a lower temperature during the sauna session, this is not easily adjustable. A quick switch simply does not work. In addition, the wood-burning stove takes longer to heat up.

But all these disadvantages do not bother a real sauna fan, of course, if he gets a rustic sauna in return, which is romantic and health-promoting at the same time.

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