Archive for November, 2008

On the first weekend in November, we decided to go ahead and try out our brand new product – The MOBILE TENT SAUNA.  The weather was cool – (perfect timing for a sauna party!!)

I brought home two bags (one with the sauna and the other with the mini stove). Since it was our first trial, the sauna tent setup took us about 20 minutes, which I think could be reduced to about 10-15 minutes.

Here are the steps required to setup the Ukko Tent Sauna:

1. Take the tent and the framing rods from the bag.

2. Lay out the tent where you want to set it up:

3. Separate the framing rod sets from each other. The framing rods come in different colours as shown on the  picture below:

4. Take one of the “silver” framing rods and connect the tubes together.

5. Insert one end of the rod into one of the bottom tent wall corner pockets. The other end of the rod goes to the connected wall pocket on the same side of the tent (make sure the ends go behind zipper):

6. Close the zipper over the rod to finish the wall:

7. Erect the other 3 walls in the same manner.

NOTE: Please take extra care when bending the rods. Do not bring the ends closer than 900mm from each other.

8. Take the two gold coloured rods and slide them in between the centered hook on the top of the tent:

9. Insert all of the ends into the 4 pockets on the top of the walls slightly bending the rods:

10. Take the red coloured rod and insert both ends into the door zipper pockets as shown below:

11. Zip the frame up.

12. Take blue rod and insert both ends into the door canvas pockets:

13. Zip the frame up.

14. Secure the tent with the ropes provided:

15. The tent bottom flaps can be secured by putting heavy stones or logs on top.

16. Take the mini stove from its bag.

17. Place stove legs as shown on the picture:

18. Secure the stove legs with the bolts and wing nuts provided:

19. Once the legs are inserted and secured, place the mini sauna stove inside the tent under the chimney hole.

20. Connect the chimney pipes provided together through the chimney hole:

21. Place sauna rocks on top of the stove (about 5Kg) and you are ready to use the sauna! Don’t forget to put your camping chairs inside so you can sit in comfort during the session.

Now, we started the stove with fire wood and it took about 30 minutes to get it up to 90 degrees celcius. We stepped in carefully and it was really hot inside.

I also mixed some eucalyptus sauna drops with the water and poured a couple of ladles on to the rocks… The steam filled the tent in an instance. In 5 minutes, all of us were sweating heavily and enjoying the sound of evaporating water!

The sauna tent was running until the end of the party (about 4 hours) and I can say that this was the greatest traditional hot rock  sauna experience, we’ve ever had in Australia -:)