Stonegrove Saunas Offers Wood-Fired Mobile Sauna For Rent | Business
Sauna culture is popular in Minnesota, especially in the Arrowhead area. Lighting a wood-fired sauna and jumping in the lake is a year-round tradition for many Minnesota residents.
Now the authentic sauna experience can be brought right to your door. Stonegrove Saunas is a Grand Rapids based company that delivers a wood barrel sauna to the location of your choice.
“The big advantage of this sauna is its size. I can park it wherever you want and we can bring whatever you need, ”said Stenlund.
The barrel shaped sauna is constructed from western red cedar and mounted on a trailer that can be delivered to almost any location. It seats six people and comes with a 75 gallon soaking tank, two bundles of firewood, buckets of water and other essentials to provide a relaxing experience. The two bundles of wood are usually birch or tamarack, depending on the season. Additional firewood can be purchased.
Brothers Kai and Ian Stenlund launched Stonegrove Saunas in Minneapolis last year. Their Minneapolis sauna can accommodate four people. After a few months of renting in the Twin Cities, Kai moved to Grand Rapids, his hometown, and purchased a second, larger sauna for use in northern Minnesota.
Delivery to any location is free within 12 miles of Grand Rapids. Other deliveries are billed at two dollars per mile, one way. Kai delivers statewide and even traveled five hours to Wisconsin for a five-day rental.
“We really believe in the health benefits, the joy, the whole experience that a sauna gives us,” Stenlund said. “The sauna experience is just more than heating. It’s a cultural thing from my perspective and I want to be able to share that with so many people and not feel like it’s some sort of exclusive spa retreat.
Stenlund first developed the idea a few years ago while chatting with a friend about starting a new business. They were discussing different ideas when the discussions turned to summer projects, where they hoped to use a sauna more often. They said to themselves, “why not just buy a portable sauna and rent it?”.
Stenlund then found a similar company that was already renting a mobile sauna in Golden Valley, Minn. He called the owner and learned more about the business and its viability.
Kai developed a business plan and got to work with Ian. They bought a custom sauna to fit on a trailer from a company called Sauna Guys in Pelkie, Michigan. They plan to develop a sauna village concept with hourly rates in the future.
Kai’s goal is to make the sauna experience as accessible and inexpensive as possible for its customers.
“Mobile sauna companies are popping up all over the country,” Kai said. “We have the best rates.”
For more information on booking, visit their website at stonegrovesaunas.com or call (218) 288-2681.