Different Types of Wood Used for Infrared Saunas

When shopping for an infrared sauna, it is important to be aware of the materials typically used in making one. Should you be considering a wooden infrared sauna, for example, the last thing you want are low-quality materials. While infrared saunas can be made from a wide variety of woods, some are more superior than others in terms of durability and longevity. You may opt for the cheapest from the lot, but this may prove more costly in the long run.

For instance, did you know that the wood should be kiln dried, so that it has about 10% moisture content? Doing so can reduce cracking and warping so that your sauna can last for years to come. Here are some of the various high-quality woods that you should consider.


Canadian Red Cedar is often used in the construction of high-quality infrared saunas. It stays relatively cool to the touch even when the infrared sauna is set at high surface temperatures. It also contains the natural oils needed to prevent and control moisture buildup.


Hemlock is also a great type of wood for infrared saunas. This is because of its hypoallergenic properties, minimal risk of shrinkage, and weight balance. Better yet, it is also odorless and resin-free.

What to Avoid

If you are looking for something that will stand the test of time, it’s best to avoid the following types of wood: aspen, basswood, white fir, Western pine, spruce and poplar. These woods expand quickly when exposed to high temperature and moist conditions, making the infrared sauna structurally weak in just a few years.


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