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The British buyer’s guide to HUUM sauna stoves & WiFi sauna controllers

Here’s how to choose, order and install a HUUM sauna stove in the UK.

Adam Rang
Adam Rang
Nov 30, 2020 · 20 min read

Contents

  1. Introduction to HUUM

1. Introduction to HUUM

Across Britain, a great sauna resurgence is taking place. Saunas are becoming not just more popular, but also more authentic and built to a higher quality. And a rapidly increasing number of Brits are enjoying saunas not just at their local gym, but also inside their homes.

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1.1. Where in Britain you can try before you buy

Most of our deliveries of HUUM stoves are to private homes, but some are open to the public so, if you wish, you can experience the full heat and steam experience before ordering your own.

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1.2. Which British sauna builders already integrate HUUM stoves

We deliver HUUM stoves not just to customers directly, but also to quality sauna builders around the UK. If you would like to partner with us as a sauna builder then get in touch with us at tere@estoniansaunas.com.

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2. The story of HUUM

The founder of HUUM, Siim Nellis, comes from a family of sauna stove builders over several generations in Estonia.

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3. How to choose your HUUM wood-fired stove or electric heater​

There are four main types of HUUM stoves: Drop is an elegant wall-mounted stove in the shape of a drop. Hive is a curvaceous free-standing stove for larger saunas. Cliff and Steel are both upright stoves with shorter safety distances suited for smaller saunas. They are all available as electric heaters, while Hive is also available as a wood-fired stove that can be heated either in the hot room or through the wall from the next room.

  1. Measure your sauna safety distance requirements (electric & wood-fired)
  2. Investigate your sauna wiring and input power (electric only)
  3. Choose your stones (electric & wood-fired) and air tunnel (electric Hive online)
  4. Choose your UKU sauna control system (electric only)

3.1. Calculate the kW output power you will need to heat your sauna (electric and wood-fired)

This first part is for both electric heaters and wood-fired stoves. You’ll need to determine how much output power you’ll need from your sauna heater or stove in order to heat your sauna hot room properly.

3.2. Understand your sauna safety distances (electric and wood-fired)

Your stove must be placed at minimum distances from any combustible surfaces. More detailed information is available in the product guides for each stove here: Drop, Hive, Cliff, and Steel.

Drop

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HIVE (electric)

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Cliff

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Steel

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Hive (wood-fired)

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3.3. Understand your sauna wiring and input power (electric only)

If you are planning an electric sauna then you’ll next need to know the power of your main fuse to ensure it matches the input power required for the heater. You also need to know whether you have 1-phase or 3-phase wiring.

3.4. Choose your sauna stones (electric and wood-fired) and Hive air tunnel (electric Hive only)

​This step doesn’t actually apply to our online shop at EstonianSaunas.co.uk because we include all stones and an air tunnel as standard.

  • Hive electric stoves (6 & 9 kW) without air tunnel: 120 kg of 10 to 15 cm diameter stones and 30 kg of 5 to 10 cm diameter stones.
  • Hive electric stoves (6 & 9 kW) with air tunnel: 80 kg of 10 to 15 cm diameter stones and 30 kg of 5 to 10 cm diameter stones.
  • Hive electric stoves (12, 15 & 18 kW) without air tunnel: 220 kg of 10 to 15 cm diameter stones and 30 kg of 5 to 10 cm diameter stones.
  • Hive electric stoves (12, 15 & 18 kW) with air tunnel: 180 kg of 10 to 15 cm diameter stones and 30 kg of 5 to 10 cm diameter stones.
  • Hive wood-burning stoves (13 kW): 90 kg of 5 to 10 cm stones.
  • Hive wood-burning stoves (17 kW): 100 kg of 10 to 15 cm stones and 30 kg of 5 to 10 cm stones.

3.4. Choose your UKU control system (electric only)

If you have chosen an electric stove then you’ll also need a control system for it. For this, HUUM has developed UKU.

4. How to order​ HUUM products in the UK

  1. Confirm your order
  2. Pay your invoice
  3. R​eceive your HUUM delivery

4.1. Confirm your order

Visit EstonianSaunas.co.uk and select your HUUM products. Or simply send us an email at tere@estoniansaunas.com.

4.2. Pay your invoice

If you’ve selected payment by invoice then we will issue an invoice to either you or your company so you can make the payment directly to our UK bank account, which is with TransferWise.

4.3. Receive your HUUM delivery

We always use reliable couriers and add insurance to the delivery. So if anything goes wrong with your products on the way to you then we will fix it as fast as possible. That’s very rare though.

5. How to install an electric HUUM sauna stove and UKU sauna control system

We worked with HUUM to make these videos for them about how to set up an an electric stove with an UKU sauna control system, and also how to add the stones. This is based on a Drop stove, but the principles are the same for other electric stoves.

6. Final questions to consider when buying a sauna stove from an online retailer

6.1. Check what’s included

Most sauna stove retailers sell all items separately. A stove might look like a great price, but you’d need to buy the stones and the control system separately. And those stones certainly add to the shipping cost!

6.2. Check if there are extra fees

British buyers will be used to ordering goods across the EU without the hassle of additional import fees. That’s going to change from January 2021 when the Brexit transition phase ends. The exact details of new arrangements are still unclear while negotiations with the EU go down to the wire, but consumers will likely be compelled to pay their own import fees. Most online sellers have this policy.

6.3. Beware of nontransparent sellers

As saunas increase in popularity, so too do the range of online sellers and the potential for things to go wrong.

Thanks for reading

If you are ready, you can choose your HUUM products to be delivered to you in the UK through us at EstonianSaunas.co.uk.

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Estonian Saunas magazine

We export Estonian sauna design, technology, & traditions.

Adam Rang

Written by

Adam Rang

Saunapreneur at EstonianSaunas.com. Previously Chief Evangelist at Estonia’s e-Residency programme.

Estonian Saunas magazine

We export Estonian sauna design, technology, & traditions.

Adam Rang

Written by

Adam Rang

Saunapreneur at EstonianSaunas.com. Previously Chief Evangelist at Estonia’s e-Residency programme.

Estonian Saunas magazine

We export Estonian sauna design, technology, & traditions.

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