Archive for June, 2012

Ukko Barrel Sauna

2.1m length Ukko Cedar Barrel sauna assembled

This traditional hot rock barrel sauna was installed yesterday in Southern Sydney by Ukko Saunas production team. It is 2.1m long to allow its owners, Gerald and Isabelle, to fully lay down and relax during the sauna session. It features 2 full length benches on the sides of the barrel and a big window at the back for a pleasant viewing:

Barrel sauna back window

Big window on the back wall of the barrel sauna

This particular model comes with 6.0kW electric stainless steel hot rock sauna heater and rocks. Controls of the stove are mounted in front to make it easier for owners to setup time and temperature:

6.0kW stainless steel sauna electric heater

6.0kW electric heater with built-in controls in front

Isabelle and I couldn’t have asked for more. It absolutely beautiful and unique. You did a great job… Thank you so much! – wrote Gerald in his sms text after sauna installation.

Many people have asked how difficult it is to install so we decided to put few pictures from the actual barrel sauna installation…

First step is to mount the sauna base on the floor and lay few staves to cover the curve:

Sauna base with bottom staves

Barrel sauna base with bottom staves

Next mount pre-assembled back and front walls…

Barrel sauna back wall

Barrel sauna back wall mounted to the bottom staves

Sauna front wall

Barrel sauna front wall mounted to the bottom staves

Sauna back and front walls

Ideally this should look something like this…

Once both walls are in position, simply continue with the rest of the staves so the end result will be similar to this:

Barrel sauna front view before placing rings

Front view of the barrel before placing rings…

Sauna back view before placing rings

Back view of the barrel before placing the rings…

Once all this is done, put stainless steel bands and tighten them up to finish barrel installation:

Barrel installation is done by tightening rings

Finished barrel with stainless steel rings in place…

Then mount bench supports to your liking height and put benches inside the sauna:

Sauna benches in place

Positioning sauna benches…

Don’t forget to get “sparky” to wire your sauna heater and lights. That’s it to it. Enjoy your sauna!

Ukko wood fired sauna 2.5x2m

Ukko wood fired sauna with wood fired heater and chimney pack

This custom made Ukko Cedar log sauna was designed for wood fired heater setup. Ken, the customer, specifically asked this sauna to be large enough to fit wood burning heater and 3 benches to form an L-shape on the upper level:

Ukko sauna floor plan with wood fired stove

Sauna floor plan

Due to relatively long distance from the main house and availability of the wood, the owner decided not to use electricity at all. To solve the problem with the light inside the sauna, he decided to use lanterns instead:

Lantern mounted inside the sauna under the ceiling

3 lanterns were mounted on each corner of the sauna (except one corner where the heater was installed) to provide a very relaxing light in to the room…

The shower has been designed and engineered to provide high-flow from its attendant rainwater tank. There is a large concrete basin underneath the deck to drain the water away:

Attached shower to water tank

Attached shower to an existing water tank…

I’m very pleased with the quality of the sauna, the materials and how everything fitted together. – said Ken after sauna installation…

We thank Ken for his input and ideas on how to improve our product and sending us all those pictures.

Wood fired heater with protective shield

Wood fired sauna stove with protective shield and floor bedding