Missing sauna at the summer cottage

Now that temperature is decreasing and light diminishing, I really miss summer and especially the sauna at our summer cottage. Last summer was the first one at our very own summer cottage, and that made it somehow special. Next summer, please, come soon! But it is great that we have sauna in our home too…


Sun and sauna

Heat it up!

Heat it up!, originally uploaded by Jonne Naarala.

When it is -25 C outside it’s nice to have a wood-burning oven.

We will pay about 35 euros for one cubic meter of logs (already cut for stove; 33 or 50 cm long), and we will need them about 15 cubic meters for one winter. That amount of logs is enough for heating (our big tile stove/oven) and for our sauna which has fire-heated sauna stove (we’ll go to sauna at least two times per week). The firewood is not the basic heating system in our house; we have electric heaters in every room. Using wood for heating will lower the need of electricity a lot. Our yearly consumption is about 9000 kWh (the same sized houses use in many occasions about 20 000 kWh).

In the future I would like to order full size logs and cut them by myself. That would be much cheaper and I could have something like 100 cubic meters in one order. At the moment I am too busy with the work and with our sons, however, to do that.

We have quite extreme temperature conditions here in the winter time. From -20 to – 25 C is quite usual here, and it has been measured -42 C at our place. That’s the reason we really enjoy the gentle extra warmth what the heating by wood provides to us.