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Sauna heaters and sauna stoves are the most important part of a sauna; choosing one is an important step in your sauna design process. But what is the different between a sauna heater and a sauna stove? And how do you know which one is right for you?
There really isn't much difference between a sauna “heater” and a sauna “stove;” in most cases, the terms are interchangeable. A steam sauna heater can be run by electric, gas, or wood. When referring to electric or gas-power, the term “heater” and “stove” are interchangeable. When referring to wood-power, the term “stove” is usually used, because wood heaters resemble a stove more than electric or gas.
When talking about infrared saunas, the word “heater” is used, because there isn't usually a central heating unit that is visible, like with steam heaters – there really is no “stove.”
To decide which type of heater (or stove) is right for you, decide what kind of heat you want (steam or dry) and then decide how you want to power it. Whatever you call it, your sauna will still be a relaxing experience.