HEALTH MATE WESTERN RED CEDAR

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUPERIOR QUALITY

Proper sauna craftsmanship requires two critical elements: wood and heat. Taking these elements and implementing the standards of quality and innovation together, creates the ultimate combination for one’s health and wellness.

 

Named the ‘Tree of Life’, cedar has long been known for its strength and vitality. Beyond it’s visible beauty, cedar naturally holds curative properties, making it one of the only woods known as a sustainable and renewable resource.

 

Using 100% PEFC™ Western Red Cedar, Health Mate stands by their commitment to superior quality and wellness for all.

 

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"A" GRADE WESTER RED CEDAR

How many infrared sauna brands actually care about where their wood is sourced or what grade it is?  Health Mate not only cares but is extremely specific in our selection process.  All Health Mate infrared saunas are constructed with "A" grade cedar, NO. 2 clear.

 

WHY CEDAR?

Western Red Canadian Cedar is the only wood that should be used in the manufacturing of a sauna box. There is no other company in the infrared sauna industry that's involved in the lumber industry like Health Mate. The reason Health Mate builds it's saunas with Western Red Canadian Cedar wood is because it is naturally antimicrobial: - "Natural Antimicrobial", no matter how much moisture or sweat is released into a western red Canadian cedar sauna box it is impossible for this species of lumber to grow fungus, mold or bacteria’s.

 

All other wood types sold in the infrared sauna industry are not naturally antimicrobial and that is a huge problem for mold and mildew.

 

Consider that in an infrared sauna you are going to sweat an enormous amount and that sweat is going to fall onto the wooden bench and floor board. That same moisture sits and soaks into the wood without any real ventilation.  There is minimal air (or not enough) circulating through a sauna. Without air circulating your wood is not going to dry quickly enough, especially if you use the sauna multiple times per day.  According to FEMA mildew and mold starts growing within 24-48 hours.  This makes using woods that are not antimicrobial extremely unsafe and defeats the benefits of using an infrared sauna.

 

 https://www.fema.gov/pdf/rebuild/recover/fema_mold_brochure_english.pdf

WE ONLY BUILD WITH THE BEST

 

Hemlock

Poplar

Basswood

Western Cedar

$2.12

$2.33

$2.46

$3.67

Price per Bd Ft

Price per Bd Ft

Price per Bd Ft

Price per Bd Ft

There are many variables when purchasing and pricing lumber; grade, cut and source.  The base cost of cedar is close to 40% higher than basswood and 53% higher than hemlock.

I'VE BEEN TOLD CEDAR IS BAD FOR ME?

This is Completely false.  Rod Stirling, Senior Scientist at FPInnovations explains Western red cedar does not contain the volatile oils cedrene and cedral.   Adverse health effects are caused by airborne dust.  Health Mate does not ship you a box full of Western Red Cedar dust.

 

WOOD GRAIN MATTERS

Health Mate only uses vertical grain cut lumber in all of it's infrared saunas.  Vertical grain lumber is known not only for its beauty but for its strength and resistance to bowing and cracking.

 

Flat grain has far less strength and reliability and is vulnerable to bowing, cracking, bending and fading. Why do so many competitors use flat grain instead of vertical grain?  The answer is simple, profit.  Most consumer purchasing a sauna don't know the difference, so why should the company invest the extra money.

 

At Health Mate we want your sauna to last a lifetime.  In fact, many of the saunas we sold 30+ years ago look virtually brand new on the outside.  Unlike the competition Health Mate values the long term use of our infrared saunas.

KILN DRY

Kiln drying is one of the most overlooked but equally as important as the wood grain.  Kiln drying is a process where wood planks are set in a drying chamber for an extended period of time.  This process is extremely expensive, and is often skipped by low end sauna manufacturers.

 

All of Health Mate sauna cabins are both kiln dried and air dried to 6% moisture content then each panel is pressed to ensure a lifetime free from warping or cracking.

 

 

 

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