Our Sauna Wood Type - 100% PEFC™ Western Red Cedar | Health Mate


A Tree Like No Other
Our Commitment to Super Quality.
Say hello to the “Tree of Life."
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 Western 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.
We only build with the best

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.

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Glass VS. Wood
Don’t be fooled by looks!

Sure, having a sauna with an all glass front looks pretty. However, plan to lose roughly 40% in heat production and roughly 30% beneficial infrared waves. Plan on spending more money on electricity to run your infrared sauna coupled with absolutely not being able to place the sauna in a garage or outdoors where your ambient temperature is less than 70 degrees.

Health Mate wants you to gain the most out of your infrared sauna.

Why sacrifice benefits for looks?
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When it comes to designing and manufacturing infrared saunas, Health Mate has 40 successful years. Trust the world’s top selling infrared sauna manufacturer.
Don’t be fooled by looks, buy for health benefits.

I’ve been told that 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.

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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