How Sauna Has Evolved From Wood Burning To Infrared Sauna Blankets

March 1, 2022

Sauna has undeniable physical and mental benefits that make them so popular. A sauna session allows you to sweat out toxins, maintain the strength of your immune system, helps you to relax, etc. you may be surprised to know that according to a study in Finland, a regular sauna showed a 50 percent reduction in death related to heart problems. The potential health benefits attract more people to try saunas or even build one at home, so they can use them where they want to relax and rejuvenate. The question is which amongst the wood-burning heater and infrared heating blanket is superior? Well, to be honest, both these sauna types have their own benefits and disadvantages. At the end of the day, which one is ideal for you depends on your personal preference. However, a little information on wood-burning saunas and infrared sauna blankets will help you make a better decision on which one is best for you.

The Traditional Wood-Burning Sauna

Lets begin with the age old concept that is still in existence – wood burning sauna design. Wood burning sauna stoves are still popular because they relate to the ancient origin of the sauna concept. Basically, wood burning sauna design works on woods and requires no electricity to work. So, one can build a sauna anywhere they like without having to worry about an electrical spot. The heater in this design also does not require any heating element. This means your sauna will still work even if the power supply goes out. That was about the advantages, now let us begin with the disadvantages.

Problems With Wood-Burning Sauna

Though it is a benefit that a wood-burning sauna stove does not require electricity to run, so, there is no requirement to hire an electrician to wire your sauna space for 220V. But, it has some disadvantages as well.

  1. When building a wood burning sauna, you need to install a chimney or any type of vent for ventilation.
  2. Another disadvantage of a wood burning sauna is that it is challenging to control the temperature inside the sauna working on a wood burning stove. The temperature can go to extremes that can give you an uncomfortable experience. It takes very long to heat the room from the start if it’s cold.
  3. The third disadvantage of a wood burning sauna is its price. Well, initially, this product was less expensive. But as you know that it works on wood, wood is a nonrenewable resource, and is now expensive. So, in some areas, wood based saunas are expensive.

All About Infrared Sauna Blanket

Then comes the most portable sauna you can buy – a detox sauna blanket. An infrared sauna blanket is a device that may be used anywhere and at any time to enjoy the benefits of a sauna in the comfort of one’s own home or office. An infrared sauna blanket, unsurprisingly, provides many of the same benefits as a sauna session, with the added benefit of being able to do so from the comfort of your own home. It works on far infrared technology that makes you sweat more.


Wood sauna was no doubt the best sauna design in its time. It helps people to enjoy the sauna at the comfort of their house. But as time changed, technology changed too and saunas evolved from wood-burning designs to much more comfortable and versatile designs i.e., infrared sauna blankets. You have studied both advantages and disadvantages of the wood burning sauna designs, and how infrared sauna blankets cover-up for the disadvantages. With this information, it is easy for you to decide which one you want to buy.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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