Improving Ventilation in a Barrel Sauna

Barrel saunas are popular especially in North America. They are rather easy to fit on backyards and also relatively inexpensive and they look cool. One challenge with this sauna design is ventilation and heat stratification. While the basic rule of löyly (steam) in Finnish saunas assume that your feet are above the top of theContinue reading “Improving Ventilation in a Barrel Sauna”

Using Home Assistant to Create a Perfect Sauna App

Finns were eager to adopt all kinds of mobile applications especially during the heyday of Nokia about 20 years ago. The first SMS controlled stoves came around in late 90’s. After a few burned down saunas, we now have even a European standard SFS-EN 60335-2-53 for safety requirements of such appliances and applications. But apartContinue reading “Using Home Assistant to Create a Perfect Sauna App”

Thermo Physics 101 – Sweating in Löyly

I always wanted to know how much do I actually sweat in Sauna. Instead of Googling some generic answer, this mystery called for a science project. Why do we sweat in sauna? Very simple – the air temperature in a sauna is significantly higher than your body temperature. The air heats up your skin andContinue reading “Thermo Physics 101 – Sweating in Löyly”

About Sauna Temperature and Humidity

First of all, I did not study physics after high school and I am by no means an expert in physics. However, the discussion of sauna temperature and humidity has been bothering me so I thought I try to explain a few basic things in a semi scientific way. This blog mentions the word löylyContinue reading “About Sauna Temperature and Humidity”