Originally Posted by ozexpat
we live in a sauna with year round average highs of 32-34C and lows of 24C. in january it drops to a chilling 23C
That's the wrong idea people have of saunas. In Sweden, people sit and read newspapers in there. A friend went to Greece, and when he was throwing water on the (Finnish made) electric stove ("kiuas"), the owner of the establishment came running like crazy. I doubt that there are many places in the world where the outside temperature would resemble that of a sauna.
A proper Finnish sauna is between 80-120 deg C (175F-250F), although not many people enjoy it when it's really hot, 80-90 is preferred. Moisture is important also, you're supposed to throw some water on the stove every few minutes to get a nice "löyly" going. A "vihta" can also be used, it's young birch branches (with the leaves on) tied together, you slap yourself with it to get bloodflow in your skin going and a bit of exfoliation at the same time.
Edited by vehve - 7/15/14 at 6:47am