Sauna trailer, Benone Beach: Northern Ireland
The HotBox sea sauna trailer business has its base on Benone beach on Northern Ireland’s rugged Atlantic coast. Carl and Anna Copeland initially weren’t sure the concept was going to work when covid hit but it hasn’t stopped the business thriving even in testing times. When Anna spoke to us recently she told us of very positive feedback since their soft launch on 1st May 2021 and opening up to the public on the 14th of May 2021. She said, “We have been excited by people’s response to HotBox - and even more delighted to see how many people have been encouraged to jump into the wild Atlantic Ocean after sweating it out in our beachside sauna. I think most of our guests have been genuinely shocked by the quality of the sauna, especially as it comes on wheels! Carl and I are so proud to introduce it to people and show off the craftsmanship involved in the entire process of bringing HotBox to life.”
When the couple first approached us they wanted something reasonably cost effective as they didn’t have any investors and were funding the project themselves. They had been inspired by our very own sauna trailer design and so, working within the framework of a portable trailer, we helped them build an authentic Finnish sauna using highly durable and stain-resistant thermo aspen. The upper and lower benches were specified at 900mm and 450mm respectively; the perfect height to enjoy the löyly at the top of the sauna, or to rest below in less intense heat.
They used a welder who fixed a framework on top of an existing trailer bed - partly to their spec and partly to the dimensions that we provided once our sauna design was set. They sourced and fitted their own outside cladding and used cork for the anteroom space and we specified and fitted the Narvi Black 20 Tunnel wood burning sauna heater with flue kit and heat shielding.
Ultra heat and moisture resistant sauna strip lights by LEDify Finland are hidden in the top and bottom of the backrest and in bench lips. The full kit includes dimmers, drivers and aluminium channel profiles and easy change clips for ease of replacement.We also used Kingspan Sauna Satu specialist high temperature stable PIRboard. It is designed specifically for insulating the walls and ceilings of a sauna, as well as the roof surfaces of wet rooms and is made of a lightweight thermally stable polyurethane board. It has an excellent insulation capacity, meaning the thickness of insulation needed in a stone wall, for instance, is half of the amount needed compared to rockwool.