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A wood burning sauna stove is considered by most to be the “traditional” kind of sauna stove. To get the traditional sauna experience, you may want to consider a wood burning stove; however, there are advantages and disadvantages to wood stoves.
Here is an overview of the pros and cons of wood burning sauna stoves:
Nice aroma of the burning wood
No spike in electric bills
Improve efficiency – they heat up quickly
The ambiance of burning wood is relaxing
Good for outdoor saunas or areas with no electricity
Must supply wood to run the stove
Stoves must be cleaned and rid of ash
Wood-burning stoves are often larger than electric
You must tend the fire while in the sauna
Weigh the pros and cons carefully when selecting a wood-burning stove.