1.1. Where in Britain you can try before you buy
1.2. Which British sauna builders already integrate HUUM stoves
2. The Story of HUUM
3. How to choose your HUUM wood-fired stove or electric heater
3.1. Calculate the kW output power you will need to heat your sauna (electric & wood-fired)
3.2. Measure your sauna safety distance requirements (electric & wood-fired)
3.3. Investigate your sauna wiring and input power (electric only)
3.4. Choose your stones (electric & wood-fired) and air tunnel (electric Hive online)
3.5. Choose your UKU sauna control system (electric only)
4. How to order HUUM products in the…
Sauna is the most famous Finnish word to enter English. Despite the challenges of 2020, it’s still growing in popularity faster than kalsarikänni (getting drunk at home in your underwear).
Sauna-like sweat bathing traditions actually exist in many different cultures around the world, but the ‘Finnish sauna tradition’ is now the most globally well known.
Early saunas were believed to have been pits dug into the ground and covered with animal skins, much like Native American sweat lodges today. As a result, there’s not a lot of archaeological evidence for them left behind. That’s why the language of the sauna is important. …
In news that should surprise no one, Estonia’s winter capital of Otepää has announced that it is postponing the next European Sauna Marathon until 2022 due to the pandemic.
Jorma Riivald, Director of Otepää Cultural Centre and one of the main organisers, said: “It’s important to us that the event is safe for sauna owners, participants and organisers. The European Sauna Marathon is an event to be enjoyed, but unfortunately right now we cannot sufficiently reduce the risks that may endanger the health of people involved.”
He added however that they would instead use their extra time this year to plan for an even better celebration the following year (hopefully when we can also celebrate the end of the pandemic). …
Sauna culture is undergoing a renaissance around the world — but perhaps nowhere more so than in Britain.
An increasing number of Brits are stepping out of dingy, poorly constructed gym saunas and instead seeking more authentic sauna experiences — as well as building their own.
And they’re doing it with a little help from their global friends, including Finns, Turks, and others who have settled in Britain and want to help teach Brits about the joy of sweating it out together.
(Oh, and also with help from exporters like us here in Estonia. In fact, the UK has been our biggest market by far for Estonian sauna design and technology over recent years.) …
The more we write about Estonian saunas, the more people write to us about weird and wonderful Estonian saunas for us to cover.
One in particular stood out recently. It’s a Seto smoke sauna. It’s not in great condition, but that’s about to change — and it has an incredible story to tell.
The Seto people are a Finno-Ugric minority group in South-East Estonia with a Kingdom that spreads across the border into Russia. Their ancient smoke sauna tradition remains an important part of life there today.
This email did not reach us from the Seto Kingdom, however.
It came from Wayne Nesbitt who lives 7,000 kilometres away over in Toronto, Canada. Wayne has Estonian grandparents who settled in a village called Finland in North Western Ontario. His grandfather arrived in 1911, seven years before Estonia became an independent state and so he later managed to acquire Estonian passport number 79 in order to travel back to Estonia in 1923, marry, and return with Wayne’s grandmother. …
The first thing we notice is how easy it is to breathe. Anni and I are crouched inside a smoke sauna while it’s being prepared for us in the Võrumaa region of Estonia. Beside us is a crackling wood-fire under a pile of large stones, from which white smoke is spewing upwards.
A smoke sauna has no chimney so the smoke hangs in the air above us, ending abruptly just above the top bench.
There’s enough space to lie down there, if needed, below the smoke where the warm air has a rich aroma but is surprisingly clear. The smoke is white because it is burning as a full fire with plenty of oxygen, while the door is kept open during heating to enable fresh air to flow in and smoke to drift out. …
For thousands of years, the most fundamental design element of any sauna or sweat lodge has been the hot rocks onto which water is periodically thrown. When preparing a sauna, we heat the stones and not the sauna.
Not all stones are equal in the sauna though.
Some rocks absorb and release heat better than others. In fact, certain types of rocks explode when subjected to high heat, which makes them really not ideal for the sauna. Unfortunately, some people have learnt that the hard way.
So, in this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about choosing the right stones for your sauna. The same principles apply whether you’re building a luxury spa, a traditional Nordic sauna cabin, a humble home sauna, or even just a makeshift camping sauna. …
Head soome-ugri päeva!
Hyvää sukukansojen päivää!
That’s ‘Happy Finno-Ugric Day’ in Estonian and Finnish. There are many more Finno-Ugric languages in which to say that in, but we’re not sure how— sorry. Let us know in the comments.
The Finno-Ugric peoples are indigenous to Europe, having lived here for about 10,000 years since the end of the last glacial period, predating the arrival of most other European groups. It’s worth noting though that different Finno-Ugric peoples are united by language and culture, not ethnicity.
Their fortunes over the past ten millennia have been… mixed, to put it simply.
They are no longer the majority in central and eastern Europe as they once were, now living as a relative minority on the continent with 25 million speakers of Finno-Ugric languages living today largely in the north-east. And that number is dwindling. …
Every day, at least one American sauna enthusiast emails us at Estonian Saunas asking when HUUM sauna stoves will be delivered to the US.
That day is today.
The first HUUM stoves and controllers designed specifically for the US have now been built and set sail from Europe this morning. This includes the new WiFi-connected controllers that enable you to control your sauna on your smart device from literally anywhere— like while out exercising or commuting home so the sauna is the perfect temperature when you walk in the door.
And we’ve partnered with a wonderful Minnesota-based sauna builder Cedar & Stone Nordic Sauna to deliver them to saunas across America. …
For Estonians, the most truthful conversations happen in the sauna. We may seem a bit reserved at first, but the sauna is where we truly open up and take time to understand each other better.
Some countries, like Germany, see the sauna as a place of solitude. For us, the sauna is our oldest social network — and perhaps still the best one! For a start, there are no algorithms to ensure you only hear from people who think the same as you.
And the truth has never been more important in 2020.
So we were recently approached by the Estonian Investment Agency — our government agency dedicated to supporting international investors — and they asked if we could tell investors the naked truth about Estonia. Afterall, we already spend a lot of time in the sauna and doing business from Estonia. …