Can you Deliver and Assemble all Year Round?
We often get asked if our saunas can be delivered in the Winter. It depends on where you’re located but the answer is usually yes. All we need is the area you intend to place the Sauna to be cleared of snow and a walkable path to the sauna’s location.
For electric saunas, there also should be some discussion with your electrician about how they’ll run the electrical to the sauna. If trenching the cable in your yard is required it can often be laid on the surface and then trenched in the spring (consult your electrician to confirm).
As our Saunas come unassembled, they can easily be split out and carried over any terrain without the need of a crane to bring it in.
What is the Lead Time of An Order?
We currently have a 3-4 week lead time on all orders. This is the time it takes us to fabricate the sauna at our facility. From there, the fulfillment method will have some determination on how fast the sauna arrives.
For more info on lead times and US-wide shipping timelines, please contact us at [email protected]
What Payment Options are Available?
On initial placement of the order, the only payment that is required is the 15% deposit. Our team will then contact you to arrange a date that works with your schedule for the final delivery and assembly. The final payment for the Saunas is due just before delivery for the remaining amount.
If you would like to know more about this process please give us a call or email [email protected]
Should I Select an Electric or Wood-burning Sauna?
Electric heaters have the advantage of warming up very quickly, being simple to operate and are a great option if you’re looking to use your sauna on a frequent basis. With the added benefit that you can pour water on our electric heaters, there’s no wonder over 90% of our customers opt for electric heaters.
A wood fired sauna is fantastic for cottages, rural properties, where electrical is not feasible or if you’re looking for the ’traditional’ sauna experience. *Woodburning saunas require a 10ft horizontal radius around the chimney to other combustible surfaces (ie: structures and trees)
What Type of Surface Can The Barrel Sauna go on?
The great thing about barrel saunas is that they don’t require a concrete foundation. This means they can be installed on nearly any level surface (e.g.: crushed stone, river rock, gravel, wood decking, flagstones, or even grass. When installing on grass or organic surfaces, we recommend putting down pavers or flagstones under the corners of the sauna feet to prevent it from settling into the ground over time. Our saunas have 3 cradles, which are 4ft wide and are made of pressure treated wood.
What Size Sauna Should I Order?
Electric Heater Models
For couples and families, we typically recommend a 6’5” interior room sauna, as this will comfortably fit 4-5 adults seated or 2 adults laying down. Our 7’8″ sauna room is great for 6-8 adults seated.
Wood Fired Models
Our 6’5” interior room sauna can fit 2-4 adults comfortably and the 7’8” sauna room can fit 4-6 adults. The smallest wood-fired sauna room we can build is 6’5”, as the wood stove takes up more space than the wall-mounted electric heater.
Why The Barrel Shape?
The cylindrical shape of a barrel sauna makes for a great convection flow where the air naturally recirculates and there are no corners for air to get ’trapped’. In addition, barrel saunas look great and are structurally sound, even in harsh climates.
Does Nootka Saunas Build Custom Saunas
At the moment we do not.
How hot can Barrel Saunas Get?
In America, ETL and ULc governs the maximum temperature for electric sauna heaters to 194°F (90°C).
Wood fired saunas can also get to 90°C or even hotter depending on the type of wood being burned and size of the fire.
What is Required For the Electrical Connection?
All of our electric heaters are 240V. Most of our saunas use 7.5kW heaters, which require a 40A breaker (non-GFI) and 8-2 Teck cable run to the back wall of the sauna. This wiring and the final connection of the sauna to your panel must be done by a certified electrician. Our larger (greater than 8ft) saunas require a 9kW heater, which uses a 50A breaker and an 8-2 cable (based on your electricians recommendation).
Usually electrical hookup, is easier that customers think. Teck cable costs around $13/meter and is usually be buried in an 18” trench (local bylaws may vary). To save money on setup costs, several of our customers dig their own trenches and then have their electricians lay the electrical cable into the trench.
Customers are recommended to have an electrician do a preliminary inspection (often free) of their electrical panel to ensure they have capacity on their service panel for the sauna.