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How to Build Your Own Sauna & Sweat [Kindle Edition]

Mikkel Aaland
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This is an illustrated, how-to-build guide to constructing your own sauna or sweat bath. The author is Mikkel Aaland, a universally recognized authority on sweat bathing cultures around the world. The 80-page booklet comes complete with simple, straightforward instructions and designs that accommodate just about any budget and a variety of building skills. You'll learn how to build a traditional Finnish savusauna, how to build your own wood-burning stove, how to select an appropriate electric or gas heater, how to properly ventilate and insulate a sauna, how to select the best sauna rocks, and much more. You'll also learn how to build and use a Native American inspired sweatlodge.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Sweat bathing has been as common to people as the making of bread and the squeezing of the grape.  Numerous cultures through history have discovered that the sweat bath, in one form or another, enlivens both body and spirit.  

Several years ago, before I got married and had a family, I spend three continuous years visiting sweat baths in far corners of the world. (Someone had to do it!)  My photos and text were published by Capra Press in a book with the appropriate title:  Sweat, the Illustrated History and Description of the Finnish Sauna, Russian Bania, Islamic Hammam, Japanese Mushi-buro, Mexican Temescal and American Indian & Eskimo Sweatlodge. 

The book is available on Amazon but I have also put much of the material on the web at  

The book Sweat included a how-to-build section and recently I re-wrote and updated the material for an eBook titled, How To Build Your Own Sauna & Sweat.  In the past I sold the how to build text from Sweat by mail-order for $25.  I am so happy now to offer it in a revised and updated eBook form. Now I can substantially lower the price to only $4.99, and deliver the material instantly via the web.  What a wonderful world!  

It's my dream to visit and update the rest of the material in Sweat.  I'll let you know when it happens!  In the meanwhile, Happy Sweating.

From the Back Cover

Skills Required
Building a Sauna
The Stove, Heart of the Sauna
Shopping for an Electric Sauna Stove
Pre-fab Sauna Room
Build a Sauna Room
Creating Good Climate
Building a Trail Sweat
The Tent Sauna
Using the Sauna or other Sweat Bath
Bathing implements
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Product Details

  • File Size: 1051 KB
  • Print Length: 65 pages
  • Publisher: Cyberbohemia Press (December 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004INHR1A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,295 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Book and yes I built my Sauna! December 26, 2013
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This is certainly a "booklet" and simple but it is the only book I have read (about sauna construction) and have just finished my own wood burning sauna! I found the book simple and useful; it helped me understand the placement of my wood burning stove and the amount of "draw" from the outside air so there is plenty of oxygen in my sauna, wood, rock and nail selection were covered as well. You know, it's not rocket science building a sauna and this book gave me just enough confidence in putting together my own sauna. I took my first sauna the other day with my wife, and oh, how wonderful!!! Wood burning is the way to go, and my entire expenses in building the 6x8 foot sauna inside part of my backyard shed cost just over $500. Well worth it!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for sauna fans February 16, 2011
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Even if you're not building your own sauna, this is a must-read. Concise, to the point, it gives you a sense of the history and the fundamentals of the sauna or sweat-lodge. Just learning the Finnish words is a kick, but more importantly it gives you a sense of the hows, whys and traditions. It's applicable not only for do-it-yourselfers but for anyone who is contemplating buying or having a sauna built. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! January 1, 2012
By Joanne
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful book - very helpful, interesting, well-written - and contains key information about building an awesome sauna. Loved it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst sauna book ever January 6, 2013
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This book is honestly crap. I bought thinking maybe some of the reviewers were wrong. Nope this book covers almost nothing! He tries to use Finnish words to make it sound legit, too bad that didn't work. I read the whole book in about a day, very quick read, it was over Christmas break and wanted to begin planning my sauna. The author covers many different forms of saunas that I've never seen or heard of before so why would i want to build one of them??? I come from a Finnish family everyone i know has a sauna in their house, but not like the ones in this book. If you're looking for general knowledge on how to build a sauna in the 21st century this book IS NOT FOR YOU. If you looking for a time waster and want to know how saunas were built 500 years ago and what words Indians take offense too then this book would be right up your alley.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaty Fun January 12, 2011
By George
Format:Kindle Edition
Very practical handbook for the do-it-yourself type who wants to save money and enjoy pride in self-construction.
I find the instructions easy to follow and it is the perfect new amenity for my river-front cabin.
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More About the Author

Dear Readers: As you can see by my long list of titles, I'm interested in many diverse subjects, ranging from sweat bathing, to county fairs, to Shinto, and to digital photography. At first glance the subjects may seem disconnected, but I feel there is a common theme, and it's one of wholeness. I like to think of myself as a bridge that brings together people and cultures, and the old and the modern. The bridge metaphor even extends to my method of communication, combining words and images, making the whole larger than the sum of the parts. I love authoring books because they are the perfect medium for putting everything into one package.

Your feedback and questions are very important to me. Please feel free to contact me directly at I'll respond as quickly as I can. Thanks!

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