Firing Up Your New Sauna
After you’ve installed your new sauna, you must take several steps before you can enjoy your first sweat bath. This procedure is called curing” the sauna, and it’s simply a matter of cleaning the unit and heating it to break in the wood.
CLEAN UP. Remove all packing and con- are pouring too quickly. Occasionally, a rock
struction materials, and vacuum the entire interior to remove sawdust and debris. Wipe down all of the woodwork with a damp cloth.
Prepare the heater rocks. First, wash the rocks in a bucket until the water runs clear. Then place the rocks in the heater. Pile them loosely. If you install the rocks too densely, air won’t be able to flow through the heater and rocks efficiently. The heater could overheat and trigger the high-limit switch. If this happens, you’ll need to let the heater cool before repositioning the rocks and resetting the switch.
Fire UP THE sauna. Double-check to make sure all of the electrical connections are secure. Then operate the heater for about 20 minutes to burn off the manufacturer’s coating on the elements. The sauna might smoke and smell for a few minutes, but this is normal.
4 CURE THE WOOD. Operate the sauna at its highest temperature for an hour with the door closed. Don’t allow anyone in the sauna during this time. After an hour, slowly pour about a quart (1 liter) of water on the rocks to steam-clean them and complete the final stage of the curing process. If water is dripping on the floor before it can turn into steam, you
may crack or break under this stress test. After the rocks have cooled completely, discard any broken ones.
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