making a sauna

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   Posted 3/12/2018 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone!

ok so i posted that i bought near infrared sauna bulbs...i have been hanging them in the bath tub and thats how i lay and sauna...lemme tell you, its awesome!!

i could buy the sauna tent the is made for it but its soooooooo expensive!! so i was thinking of ways i can make my own tent...

ive come across some websites suggesting using a grow tent...but i dont know much about grow tents and if they would be good to flip into a sauna...

anyone have any experience using grow tents as saunas? they are fairly inexpensive (like 200) compared to the 1700 tent that i saw....

Thanx everyone!

Mark FW
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   Posted 3/12/2018 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I do not have a grow rent but bought a 9 x 12 canvas drop cloth and draped it over my shower using an extra shower rod.

I have shower doors so it really only needs to cover the top. Not air tight but I can get it to 100.

The canvas color is a light brown so I don't think it was bleached.

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   Posted 3/12/2018 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanx for the suggestion!!!

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   Posted 3/12/2018 10:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I did something similar to Mark. My lamps are in my shower as well. I originally bought a canvas drop cloth from Home Depot, but it was too heavy for the shower rods I had. So I ended up draping a cloth shower curtain over the rods to make the sauna "roof" (I can only get mine into the low 90s, but that works great for me). There is a DIY frame/enclosure on Dr. Wilson's website (see step #2):

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   Posted 3/12/2018 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I used PVC pipes. My grandma made a covering for the frame out of cotton duck fabric. Though, I added a ton of blankets to insulate it further. I imagine you could rig something together.

I haven't measured how hot it gets for awhile, as the thermometer I was using in there broke. It was 120 in the summer. In the winter, we have poor insulation in that part of the house, so I'd guess 100, if I'm lucky.

Still, I definitely start sweating buckets after being exposed to the lights for about 15 minutes. Certain to not let the lights hit my skin in a way that creates pain or discomfort, though.

I think I was inspired by the Dr. Wilson link, actually, now that I see it again.
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   Posted 3/12/2018 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I built an IR sauna in my closet, because it's a small space. I mounted some bulbs in parallel to a board and cut up some mylar space blankets to create a tent and make the space smaller. Super cheap, super easy.

I believe gold foil reflects red the best, like 99% but it's harder to find than mylar. Mylar is somewhere near 96%, totally suitable for our needs
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