Wood for a sauna

Q: Can you suggest a good wood for a sauna? Cedar is too expensive, redwood is out because of environmental concerns; and pine has too much resin that bleeds out? Perhaps spruce?

A: If I had a sauna, my primary concern would be splinters!

So, I would look for a splinter-less species. The ideal species is aspen. Because the sauna is so hot, decay fungi are killed, so there will be no risk of decay on the inside.

Aspen (and its related species) is odorless, splinterless, low cost, white, and commonly used for saunas throughout the world.


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Gene Wengert

Gene Wengert, “The Wood Doctor” has been training people in efficient use of wood for 45 years. He is extension specialist emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.