TBus Sauna in the paper

TBus and Andrea Curtis

TBus and Andrea Curtis

Read up in the Province about our latest mobile sauna, a co-production with Transformation Projects converting a 40′ long red bus into an awesome sauna-equipped lounge. You may recall this bus (pre-sauna) from our spring Spanish Banks mission in 2013.

Check out the TBus article in the Province newspaper.

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Burner Retirement

burner at the end

burner at the end

You might think it a bit odd to be writing a eulogy for a propane burner, but this burner was the heart and fire of our first sauna for over 13 years. Countless pounds of propane (4000 lbs?), many gallons of sweat, scores of people, by any measure this propane cast-iron crabpot cooker had a good run of it, heating up the sauna from Nelson to Victoria and many points in between. With it’s two-ring configuration, automatic peizo ignitor and easy to use gas valve, it set a high standard for reliability and ease of use that is still unsurpassed. We acquired it in December 2000 but of late there were too many cracks in the casting and the propane just wasn’t burning well anymore, and this recent sunday was it’s last sweat. The ignitor and injection valves were salvaged for use in a future project, and the burner has been temporarily replaced with a used cast burner from the local recycling center.

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Gabriola Sauna

Sauna Trailer Gabriola

Sauna Trailer Gabriola

Now that the days are lighter we had a chance to get a better photo of our sauna trailer on Gabriola Island. Sauna host Megan has done a lovely job clearing a little spot out of the forest by her cabin home which you can see in the background of this photo. You can also see the shower setup, stairs, decking, and string lights she’s set up in the sauna zone, where you can listen to hooting owls and frogsong as you steam into the night air. Megan also makes an awesome apple crumble.

This was the first sauna for the BCMSS, built in December 2000, and it continues to bring the heat on sunday nights sessions.

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BCMSS board meeting

It’s not all sweats n’ giggles around here, we have to get serious every so often. Feb 27 was our most recent BCMSS board meeting where we review our budget, expenses and upcoming plans with full attendance from the BoD: VP Adrian Sinclair, Heidi Nagtegaal, George Rahi and myself. Here’s a nice photo of the BoD happily concluding the meeting:
BCMSS BoD 2014
After the meeting we had a good sweat to test out the newest sauna in our fleet which we will probably call the tent sauna. We should probably do a post about that but for now here’s a photo of the benches:
Sauna benches

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Winter 2013-2014 Newsletter

Newsletter 2013/2014

Newsletter 2013/2014


This year’s BCMSS newsletter is ready, we’ll be emailing it out shortly. You can also download it here

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Sauna Truck on Shaw TV


Our friend Jen at Shaw TV just finished a video segment on the sauna Truck featuring Karlis Kalnins and Adrian Sinclair.

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NYD 2014

New Years Day sweat 2014

New Years Day sweat 2014

As per tradition we celebrated New Years Day with a sweat commemorating our 13th January 1 saunasession. Some of the crew posed for an after-sweat photo, you can tell there’s some steam involved.

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Sauna Chicken

sauna chickenHere’s Megan and Sauna Chicken learning how to fire up the sauna. Yesterday we relocated our Gabriola Island sauna outstation to a new residency at Megan’s place. Sauna Chicken came by but was a bit too enthusiastic and tried to climb up into the stove. Whoa, the sauna door is at the back, buddy! That’s what happens when you miss the first part of the tour. Also, feathers and fur are not permitted in the sauna.

 

 

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Sauna Residency Preparation

Fencebusting

Fencebusting

You might think it’s all sweat and games here at the BC Mobile Sauna Society, but being mobile sometimes means going where no sauna has gone before. Last week our sauna site prep team took down a fence and did some aggressive fig tree pruning to get our new location ready for sauna season. It’s one of the nicest and most central locations we’ve ever been and we’re very excited to move the truck in and get our sweat on.

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Fixes, Additions, Sauna Community Awesomeness

During our amazing stay at the @Gropps Collective House – Michael Undem, George Rahi, Foss, Ari Feder, and Sawmon + (and many others) pitched in to make a bunch of much needed upgrades to the interior of the truck. With the amount of use the truck was getting weekly it began to show its age. But this  obvious aging turned out to provide an opportunity to evolve the design of the inner spaces of the truck and give an opportunity for the sauna community to give back to the truck that got them sweaty every week.

New cubby-holes, re-enforced benches, new shoe storage, additional space for manoeuvring around the inner door, fixes to the buckling yellow cedar ceiling and right wall (due to moisture) and new cedar finishing to the right side of the exit door. Wow – that was a lot of fixes. Huge thanks to Michael Undem for taking the lead on these improvements, and big thanks to the sauna community for your weekly donations that bought the Marine Plywood and other things used in the construction efforts. Also thanks to George Rahi for the cedar donation and thanks to Gropps for use of the magnificent tool shed. And now for pictures…

 

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