Sauna material: Canadian red cedar panelling
Sauna material - canadian red cader panelling
The most important features of the Canadian red cedar wood
This tree species, called Canadian Red Cedar is native to the Western regions of North America, particularly alongside the Pacific Ocean coast stretching from Alaska to California. In Canada its habitat is limited to the region of British Columbia.
Features of Canadian red cedar design:
The average height of red cedar is 50m but it can even reach up to 75m. The diameter of its trunk can reach 2 metres or even more. Its trunk is seemingly peaky and conical where branches start to ramify at the height of 30m. The bark is smooth and thin. The wood surfaces and the inner wood are separated from each other quite well, although the color difference between them is not significant.
The wood surface is about 5 cm thick and light colored, sometimes white. The heartwood is usually uneven in color and varies from light brown to reddish brown shades. The tree itself has no resin canals and rays are not visible in cross section. The annual rings are wavy and clearly discernible. The wood grain is straight, it has a solid, rough material with medium hardness and good split. The fiber length is approx. 3.8 mm. The wood has cedar fragrance. Breakdrown of the brenches results in a pleasant odor, similar to bergamot pears. Red cedar is dried out easily. The wood dries up only marginally, stays durable and waterproof.
Use of Canadian red cedar panelling:
Due to the durability of the giant pine, it is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It is appropiate for veneering. The wood is used for bridges, ship structures, sleepers, mast, shingles, doors and windows.
Thanks to its outstanding features, this material is excellent for sauna building. No body odor gets permanent in the cabin, as an effect of the characteristic fragrance and long-lasting residual volatile material of the red cedar. The aromatic and natural fillers grant strong protection for the wood against fungi and pests, even for a long time after installation. Therefore, in most cases, the cedar does not require any special treatment, unlike other species.