5 Steps To Brewing The Best Cup of Coffee You’ve Had!

There is no such thing as the singe best cup of coffee because individual preferences vary so much. This article is aimed to help you perfect your personal favorite coffee and be able to rinse and repeat the process each and every time you prepare it.

 

It is not only about how your coffee tastes, but as much about when you drink it, what is the environment and so on. When you have slept well, are amongst people you love and at a location that you really enjoy, have a good cup java from a nice cup can feel like the best cup ever. When you drink that exact same coffee some other time or at another place, it might not be that great. The key word here is good.

 

Most of us can easily spot the difference between good coffee and bad coffee. There can be a lot of different brews that are good but you can’t make the difference which is the best, and there can be a lot of coffee that is brewed with too hot water to make it bitter, used a poor filter which leaves a taste on it, or just made from a grind that is not suitable for that particular brewing method.

 

This article is not meant to be the final word on brewing coffee, but the purpose here is to get you thinking about how you are making your coffee, and how you can easily improve your “Joe”. Here are laid out some of the most important things that affect the quality of your coffee.

 

Coffee Beans

 

I find it quite interesting that most of us don’t really think that much what type of coffee we buy. We usually buy something that we are used to purchase, something that our mother of father always bought, or something that is on sale.

 

The world is revolving around coffee these days, and you can easily find all kinds of varieties of beans online, or even from your local stores. Merchants and roasteries have noticed an uptrend around coffee, and are providing us with ample varieties of beans from around the world available at different roasting levels. Every single choice you make has an effect on how that cup of coffee will eventually taste, and choosing the main ingredient correctly makes a huge difference. Though some might argue that water is the main ingredient, since the end product contains mostly just water, but we will get to water later.

 

The environment in which the coffee bean grows has a huge effect on how it will taste. How much sun is it exposed to, how is the humidity, what are the nutrients that the plant absorbs from the soil, all make a difference in the nuances and if you pay attention you can start to notice these small differences.

 

Different plantations around the same area might even produce beans that have different tastes due to the way that they grow their coffee plants. I recommend being explorative and open to new brands and different varieties, since there are so many options to choose from you most likely have not yet found your favorite. Just something that you like a lot.

 

Below you will find some of the most popular coffee varieties and a small description of each. Some of the varieties originate from selective breeding and some from simple natural selection as the plants have been accommodating to the environment in which they are growing.

 

Most of the coffee that you are able to find around the world are either Arabica or Robusta. Robusta is mostly grown around Vietnam and in the Philippines from where originates the legendary and fancy  coffee that is passed through the digestive track of a civet cat called Kopi Luwak.

 

The Colombian Arabica is one of the best known varieties of Arabica, and it is well known for the intense aromas and light acidity. Popular ready made grinds include such as Sello Rojo

 

Ethiopia is another large produces of Arabica and three varieties originate from that region. The Ethiopian Harar,  Ethiopian Sidamo and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. They all come from different regions of Ethiopia which is where the names derive, and are known for their complex and fruity flavors.

 

A complete and detailed list of all the kinds of Arabica known to man can actually be easily found from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coffee_varieties.

 

Once you find the types of beans you like and find a the perfect roast for your preferences, you need to store the beans correctly. Moisture and air do not do good things to your coffee beans, so you want to store them in a cool, dry and air tight place.

 

What we do here is quite simple and doable. Just get mason jars for each type of coffee you have, and store them in the fridge. That way you can have plenty of different varieties and roasts at hand, and you can be quite sure that they will keep for a long time. You want to grind them just before the use, so you’ll need a grinder too.

 

The Grind

 

Now let’s see… You have your coffee beans in order, and you have been storing them the right way. And you got yourself a good grinder? First taking the coffee beans from your mason jar, and pulling out your coffee grinder will really impress your friends if you know what I mean.

 

You don’t need to have a high tech super expensive grinder to get your coffee beans the way you like, but you need to be able to tweak the settings. The grinder has to be able to produce consistent granule size and you don’t want it to heat when you use it. Low noise is just a bonus here, but great if you have kids who are still sleeping when you are preparing your morning coffee! We actually recommend that you don’t get one with an electric motor. They are fast, but fast means heat and noise when it comes to a coffee bean grinder.

 

Basically you want a conical burr grinder, and not one of those that have spinning blades or any other way of grinding the beans. This type of grinders will produce the most consistent results and often you are able to change the coarseness of the grind in very small increments to get the right one for you.

 

If you are using a dripper, you usually want a relatively small, fine granule size. Not as fine though as you would want an espresso grind to be or for turkish coffee. For a french press you can use a bit coarser grind, but we do recommend using the finest possible to make sure that as much of the coffee is surrounded by water as possible.

 

Peugeot actually makes some of the best coffee mills  in the world, but for example the Hario hand grinder does a good job too. Both of these are of a good size for grinding a few cups at a time.

 

For espresso the game is completely different though. Trying to save money can actually bite back quite easily. At around $200 you start to get machines that can do the job quite well and also are very handy and easy to clean, but we’ll get to the grinders in another post you wait for that!

 

Water

 

After all, your coffee is mostly water. Water actually makes a big difference in how your cup of coffee tastes, since it too can have some tastes of its own. We recommend filtering your own water if you live in an area which has a water supply with a notable taste to make sure that you get a neutral tasting base for your coffee. You can of course use neutral bottled waters.

 

The taste of the water is not the only thing that affects your drinking pleasure, but the temperature makes an even bigger difference. If you are using a chemex, presso pan, high quality espresso machines, vacuum brewers,  or even an Italian mocha pot, you are able to control the temperature.

 

If the water gets too hot, the end result will be a bitter coffee as the fatty acids in the coffee bean will start to oxidise.  One excellent way to avoid this is to actually cold brew your coffee for around 10-16 hours in the fridge. Cold brew coffee will have a very different taste to other ways of brewing and you might even get hints of cola and beer from the brew.

 

The perfect temperature for your coffee when brewed with hot water is between 193 F (89,5 C) and 205 F (96 C) and never ever use boiling water. Some will argue that the closer to 205 F you will get the better, but all in all it is easy to understand why you need a reliable thermometer in hand when you are making your coffee. If you don’t want to use a thermometer or don’t have access to one when brewing, we recommend boiling water, removing it from the heat and adding 4-5% ice cold water and mixing it quickly before pouring it on the coffee.

 

This is a very handy method as not all thermometers are that reliable either, but honestly you should be able to get a reliable thermometer quite cheap off Amazon if you are serious about perfecting your cup of coffee. You will also need a really good quality scale to be able to accurately measure the water to coffee ratio correctly an reliably.

 

Brewing the coffee

 

Now let’s talk a bit about the actual brewing. Above are listed a lot of things about making good coffee in which you have very little control over. The things that you have a lot of control over are choosing the type of bean, grinding it to the perfect level of coarseness, having the right temperature water, perfect water to coffee ratio, and last but not least the brewing time.

 

Water temperature here is pretty much the only thing that is relatively constant, but the rest vary quite a lot depending on the brewing method. Typically you would use around 0.38 ounces (10.6 grams) of ground coffee to 6 ounces (or 177ml) of water. But like we have gone through above, these figures can vary on individual preferences.

 

When you are dripping coffee, you want the water to drip through the coffee grind in about 5 minutes. If you are making just a single cup of coffee, this can be quite difficult to achieve though so slightly less might be accepted. When you are using a french press you can deduct 1-3 minutes from this time. Cold brewing coffee can take easily up to 16 hours of you want to, and making a cup of espresso will actually require a very short time to brew. It takes longer to heat that 25-30ml of water to 190-192F (88-89C) than it takes to pass through the coffee in high pressure.

 

As you might realise from the brewing times. the smaller the grind the less time it usually takes. That is why you should actually try to use a grind that is as fine as possible for the method you are using and try to shorten the time, since almost all of the water soluble components are extracted rather quickly.

 

It might seem trivial, but we recommend setting a timer for your brewing. water temperature can vary a few degrees and it will not make a big difference, but brewing for a few minutes too long can make huge differences in the taste, as now different components of the coffee bean are starting to dissolve and can produce unwanted tastes.

 

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To be honest… Those single serving french presses are probably the best things known to man. Even if you have more than one person drinking coffee at your house, you can get more than one and each of you can drink their favorite coffee. And if you want to have more than just one cup, it honestly takes 2-3 minutes of maceration and you are good to go for another cup.

 

Also a small one is very easy to clean by hand as you can rinse all the coffee crumbs and fat under hot water. Every now and then you should wash it thoroughly with dish washing liquid.

 

But basically you are done here. No matter which way of brewing coffee you choose, you need to keep an eye out for grind size, coffee bean freshness, water cleanness, water temperature, coffee-to-water-ratio and brewing time. Also choose your favorite coffee beans and have them roasted to the level you like to enjoy your coffee.

 

 

 

 

How To Choose the Best Mattress When Overweight

bedVarious factors come into play when looking for a good mattress: firmness, sleeping position, health concerns, size and shape. Experts recommend finding a bed that supports the body in a neutral position i.e. it allows proper alignment of the head, shoulders, heels, and the bum. Mattresses that are too firm mount pressure and misalign the curvature of the spine; if they aren’t too firm they cause exhaustion and aches in the body. The right mattress provides a good night sleep. It does not create unnecessary pressure on the body.

While weight isn’t a concern when choosing a good mattress, plus-size people require beds that have different functionality and design needs compared to leaner people. During the last few decades, mattress manufacturers barely made provision for heavier people. However, with more people reporting lower back aches, obesity, and other chronic illnesses, different types of mattresses have been made to accommodate them. Heavy-weight people are particularly compelled to look for beds that adjust to their weight and allow comfortable sleep:

Several mattress reviewers recommend:

  • ·10-14 inch mattresses for plus-size people weighing between 200-250 pounds for overall satisfaction.
  • 12-14 inch mattresses for plus-size people weighing 250-300 pounds.
  • 14-inch mattress for those 300-450 lbs.

Here is a list of the best mattress types for fat people:

1. Latex Mattresses

Latex mattresses are known for their durability, buoyancy, firmness and uniform support throughout the bed. They are made from natural or synthetic rubber. High- quality latex mattresses provide ample support, hold up longer than polyurethane foams and allow moderate contouring.

Heavier folks should look for 9″ thick latex mattresses (all-latex) with no springs or other foams. All its layers should be made of latex material and should be detached for easy replacement when the wear out. Local dealers don’t always stock all-latex mattresses thus the need to buy from online retailers.

2. Innerspring mattresses

Innerspring mattresses remain a consumer’s favorite to date mainly due to their bouncy nature. The spring core (body of the interior) comprises hundreds of steel springs or built-in coils that are individually enclosed to prevent wearing out or popping out of the mattress.

For extra comfort, users should pair the mattress with a topper that features a wide variety of materials ranging from pillows to memory foam depending on the individual’s preference. Buyers should however rid of the idea that the more the coils, the more the comfort; experts advise innerspring mattresses with a coil count above 90.

Plus-size people looking to buy this type of bed should look for innerspring mattresses with two inches of firm blended, medium or high-density memory foam; it allows easy to getting in and out. Innerspring mattresses that don’t have fluffy pillow are more durable. This kind of bed is also ideal for people with back pain.

3. Memory foam mattresses

Also known as memory mattresses, they have recently grown in popularity due to their ability to adjust to different weights. Memory foam mattresses come with toppers that are temperature-sensitive thus individuals may find them cold and hard when lying down.

As the mattress reacts to the body temperature, it gets warm. Additionally, the contour fits the individual’s body shape adding extra comfort. Though pricier than spring mattresses, they are ideal for plus size people and folks suffering from pain in the joints and relieving pressure.

Pros

· Memory foam mattresses mold to the shape of the body as the weight shifts throughout the night.

· It reduces pressure points thus relieving body aches.

· It absorbs movement; if sleeping with a partner, you aren’t likely to get disturbed.

· The mattress, however, is not ideal for people suffering from chronic fatigue or muscle pains.

4. Hybrid mattresses

They feature the latest products in sleep technology and are the best mattress types for fat people. Hybrid mattresses provide 50/50 ratio of comfort by combining enclosed innerspring and layers of memory, latex or visco-elastic foams. They have plenty of features found in innerspring mattresses: a better flow of air from the coils, improved compression and edge support. Thus hybrid mattresses minimize the cons found in foam and coil mattresses while focusing on their benefits.

Since hybrid mattresses provide more support than the typical memory foam mattresses, beds using hybrid mattresses make sleeping, reading or watching television a more relaxed experience. They are a good fit for overweight people looking for a more holistic mattress experience compared to the regular single latex, memory foam or gel options. The unique features about hybrid mattresses include:

  • Enclosed coil technology: that minimizes movement caused by tossing and turning thus providing restful sleep.
  • Luxurious fabric cover: that protects the mattress and provides a more comfortable surface for sleeping.
  • Infused layers of memory foams: allows the body to adopt a comfortable sleeping posture.
  • Gel-infused memory foam: it minimizes the mattress’ heat retention caused by the body and diffuses it away.

· Edge support adds to the sleeping surface of the mattress.

5. Air mattresses


This is what most of us think when we hear air mattressess.... But it's not what we are talking about here.These are not blow-up mattresses. Air mattresses are higher-end air beds that resemble conventional standard innerspring mattresses but utilize air-filled chambers instead of coils. Air mattresses are ideal for plus-sized people as well as patients with spinal cord injuries who remain in bed for extended periods to avoid skin breakdown. Couples that have differences in individual preferences for comfort and firmness should also use air mattresses. Like memory foam mattresses, users may add air toppers for extra comfort.

While the best mattresses depends on an individual’s preference the mattress should:

  • Provide enough level of depression support.
  • Allow 4-7 on the firmness scale.
  • Provide adequate support to the head, neck, spine, and hips.
  • Provide comfortable rest.

When to change your mattress

Mattresses are designed to last a lifetime. However, over time the body changes so that the mattress that was once comfortable wears you down several years down the line. Additionally, mattresses collect mites, dust, fungus and germs that can cause allergies and disrupt your sleep patterns. Experts recommend changing a mattress every 0-5 years after buying a new bed. Note that the best mattress is the one that allows the body to get enough rest regardless of the kind of mattress you’re lying on.

What’s the Best Mattress for Heavy People?

Seems comfort trumps durability in the mattress world, so the best mattress for heavy people is one that is rock hard and not comfortable, or is it? Most normal mattresses are not designed to withstand the extra weight, which greatly shortens their lifespan when used by someone carrying a little bit of extra with them.

For years the only type of bed that could hold up to a huge person was a spring mattress that had other firm coils and extra firm padding making it unbearable to sleep on. However, the best mattress for fat people is not made of steel springs nor memory foam, but rather a product of Mother Nature herself, rubber.

Latex mattresses are a very traditional model, also molding well to your bodies contours, but they do this through the open cell structure of this natural material. Latex is a tree sap from a rubber tree so is natural as well as efficient. A latex mattress usually consists of a density of 4 pounds or so and is not too firm or too soft. They are very popular amongst back pain sufferers. Latex foam rubber is made from tree sap (milk) from the rubber trees found mostly in Malaysia, Sri Lanka and India. Latex mattresses have been around for decades, and their durability is legendary. I have personally seen these beds exceed 50 years of use. What makes them the best mattress for heavy people is the density of this fantastic product. For example, most quality sofa cushions are made using 1.8 lb polyfoam. As you know, these pillows usually last between 5 and ten years before starting to collapse. Just imagine how long a foam that was two times heavier would perform in the long haul and you have the reason why latex is so durable.

Ok, so now it’s no secret why latex can outlast any other product but what about the comfort? Does the best mattress for overweight people need to be rock hard like a spring mattress? No, latex mattresses offer BOTH comfort and durability coming in a variety of firmness levels. Some manufacturers even offer different firmness levels for each half of the bed, so if a dark person is partnered with a much lighter person, each can have their choice. Try getting that from a spring or memory foam bed.

What types of latex matresses are there available?

This is a question I get asked often. Since there are two types of processes for latex, Dunlop, and Talalay, each has its unique properties. Dunlop latex is denser and makes it the most popular choice for back sleepers who are heavy. Talalay latex is less dense and airier making it a better choice for lighter folks and those who like to sleep on their side. Talalay does come in firmer densities as well and can be tailored for a heavy person who also likes to sleep on their side. The Talalay process with being the best option if getting a mattress with different firmnesses fits your needs.

The Talalay process was invented in 1956 and carries the last name of one of its inventors. Additional steps were added to the standard Dunlop process which allowed an infusion of air into the latex batter. The air infusion ultimately results in the Talalay latex having a livelier feel than Dunlop. This plusher more enveloping feel has helped Talalay become more and more familiar. Back sleepers are generally able to sleep comfortably on about any firmness because they’re on their back. But those who are side sleepers or stomach sleepers have greater difficulty getting the right support in the right spots and Talalay latex is the white knight to the rescue for these sleepers.

Talalay latex mattresses can be designed to own comfort with firmer latex layers on the bottom and a softer latex layer on the top. Talalay latex comes in sheets that are 2.8″ thick. The latex is made in different firmnesses soft, medium, firm and extra-firm so the perfect layered mattress can be put together that will give both the firm support beneath and a softer body-contouring layer on the top.

Talalay is available in either a blend where man-made latex is added to natural latex (the natural latex will be 30 to 40 percent) or it’s available as all natural organic 100% latex. It provides up to 33% more pressure relief than conventional foam and fiber cushioning materials. It’s also the most breathable sleep product by far.

What’s the best mattress for a side sleeper who is big?

This is a loaded question because everyone is different. Again, getting back to the mainstream, most customers who are between 180 and 230 lbs choose a latex mattress with an ILD rating in the mid 30’s coupled with a latex mattress topper in the low 20’s. This selection will not only provide support for a slightly heavier person but also provide pressure relief in the shoulders and hips mostly due to the softer topper.

For those searching for the best mattress for side sleepers who are much fatter you will have no choice but to go with one in the upper 30’s ILD range but again, get the added soft latex mattress topper to help with the shoulder and hip circulation issues you are probably having right now. All the choices I have recommended are based on over 14 years experience selling latex mattresses online and are in fact what customers have reported back works best for them based on weight classification. It is important to put yourself in the hands of a “real” sleep expert when shelling out the dough for one of these premium latex mattresses. One thing you want to be sure of is the trial period for the mattress. Although the above recommendations work best for most people, it still comes down to personal choice, and you want to be sure you can return or at least exchange the mattress if it’s not working out for you.

Comfort for the person with extra weight

If you are that person say 250 pounds, it is important to know that you can still enjoy the benefits of latex. The underneath layers should be in the extra firm and firm with a medium Talalay latex on top. As the weight increases, the layer firmness would have to increase. Also, a mixture of the two types of latex is very standard. Dunlop layers are used for the bottom two layers and a Talalay layer is used on top. The fourth layer of latex can also be added for a higher profile mattress and additional support as well.

Number one purchasing tip!

More and more people are discovering the comfort of latex as witnessed by the increasing number of retailers. It’s always best to look for the most information and increase your knowledge before you buy so you’ll know which type of latex mattress is best for you. You’ll find your best product and best prices from your manufacturers who have a long history with latex mattresses.

Did I say it never needs turning? You just can’t beat that benefit!

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What Types of Futon Frames Are The Best for Fat People

There are a many types of futon frames which are accessible for overweight people, from the Japanese futon frames to the current western variations . Even inside those classes are various types, and everyone has different functions and points of interest.

Japanese  Frames

The traditional Japanese futon was made to spare space, the same number of current mattresses are made to do today. This was because numerous Japanese families just had one space to live in. This was simply a slender sleeping pad laid just on the tatami mat floor of their home that was put away amid the day.

Bifold  Frame

The bifold futon is a typical kind of western style futon. In this style, the sleeping pad is collapsed down the middle on top of the edge. The edge then creases down to a level position for resting. Bifold futons can accompany different sizes of sleeping cushion, influencing the extent of the love seat when it is collapsed. Initially, futon sleeping cushions were produced using cotton or froth, be that as it may, present day mattressess are accessible with springs, latex, fleece, and even substance free parts.

Loveseat  Frame

This sort of bed is designed to fit where there may not be an excess of divider space. There are three loveseat sizes accessible, twin, full, and ruler. And going about as a bed and loveseat, loveseat futons additionally have a third “lounger” position, in which a little deck hauls out to hoist the legs. This puts the futon some place in the middle of the two positions of bed and sofa. Notwithstanding the space sparing quality, another favourable position of this kind of futon is that a thicker sleeping pad can be utilized instead of a trifold futon without consuming up more space.

Trifold  Frame

These are additionally worked to spare space. They have a three section design. Instead of a loveseat style that has a different hassock area, the trifold outline comprises of three associated pieces. This incorporates the back segment, the seat segment and the footstool segment. Just thin sleeping cushions can go on a trifold futon so the bedding can appropriately overlap over the back of the edge or underneath itself in love seat position. The sleeping cushions most ordinarily utilized for this kind of casing are not suggested for standard use as they have a tendency to be more slender.

Wallhugger Frame

A novel futon outline design has been produced by Strata Furniture. This futon outline has been known as the “divider hugger” as it can be changed over from a sofa, to a couch, to a bed without having to physically move the casing far from the divider. The divider hugger futon frames have an imaginative design that permits them to be changed over while keeping the legs of the futon stationary. Traditional, “front loader” futon frames require freedom of roughly 10″ from the back of the edge to the divider. In this way, if you are hoping to spare floor space, you will need to physically move the whole casing far from the divider with a specific end goal to change over it from a lounge chair to a bed. This is not so with Strata’s change instrument. Strata’s divider hugger frames can lean against a divider and believer from a love seat to a bed without being moved.

Hardwood Frames

Most futon frames are made altogether of completed wood. This wood is not secured with upholstery, so it must be clear and free of bunches or different imperfections. This can include extensive cost and design limitations to the casing. Traditional sofas and cutting edge sofa beds can utilize heavier, unfinished woods that are not clear and may contain molecule board or plywood as opposed to strong wood. It is covered up under layers of cushioning and fabric that is normally stuck and for all time connected to the edge. A wood futon outline does not have the advantage of having the capacity to stow away under layers of fabric. The wood must look engaging with no wood defects.

Basic woods utilized as a part of futon furniture fabricating incorporate oak, fiery remains, pine, maple, and cherry. The kind of wood emphatically impacts the cost of the casing with pine for the most part being the minimum costly and hardwoods more costly. Many organizations build their frames from Southern Yellow Pine, a hard and substantial animal types. Because of its attributes, Yellow Pine loans itself exceptionally well to the anxieties convertible futon frames experience. Different sorts of pine won’t loan themselves for use as futon edge. The majority of these woods are too light and fragile to handle the anxieties of changing over a futon outline products times, significantly less with an extra 60-80 pound futon on it.

The decision of wood is essential for the basic backing of the casing, in any case, how the casing is built is another part of the casing to consider. A futon outline for the most part comprises of 6 sections; the back area; the seat segment; two stretcher rails and two arms that associate the stretcher rails together. Watch that the futon outline you select has metal-on-metal connectors. Fasteners or screws that go specifically into the wood at the real intersections will in the end strip the wood after some time. Numerous futon frames use hex fastener and barrel nut associations. This offers durable backing and ought to last the lifetime of the edge. Futon Frames by Lifestyle Solutions offer fortified joints for included backing.

Outdoor Futon Frames

A large portion of us are compromising nowadays with respect to get-aways and are picking rather for outdoor home upgrades and outdoor living ranges for calm times, festivities and “stay-cations.” The most vital component in a very much characterized and all around appreciated outdoor living space is outdoor edge that fits our own style and our specific spending plan, there are numerous decisions accessible.

Outdoor frames produced using wood is appealing and tough, however requires some general support with an UV safe stain and some kind of additive. Ensure you comprehend what kind of wood you’re purchasing and how to deal with it to forestall part, breaking, spoiling, or bug invasion. Select woods that have an inborn imperviousness to spoil, shape, and rot bringing on insects and organisms. Most woods are not appropriate for outdoor furniture, however two fundamental classifications of hardwoods that do hold up to the requests of the outdoor environment are tropical hardwoods and domestic hardwoods.

How To Build An Outdoor Sauna

Having a sauna of your own is something that many of dream of. The problems is that building it yourself can be quite difficult as there are many building regulations that you have to take in to account with a sauna. You need to take care of the vapor insulation and also the heat insulation, while at the same time building a comfortable room that can be used as a steam room.

Because there is a heater, you need to pay attention tot the fire safety, and depending on what type of sauna heater you choose – electric or wood burning – you will need a chimney or not. Generally people will say that a wood burning sauna heater provides a better experience, but is much more inconvenient than a regular electric sauna heater.

When you are building an outdoor sauna, you will need to decide on whether you are going to build it from the scratch, or get a sauna kit. Depending on the type of kit you choose you will have a different amount of work to do. There are so called DIY-kits where you will get the timber and the materials needed, and you will also get the plans for the sauna. You will have to know how to use the circular saw as the parts are not pre-cut, and you will have to know how to take correct measurements to avoid making mistakes while cutting the wood.

The problem with these saunas is that there is a lot that can go wrong, and unless you are experienced in building you are going to have a hard time making it work.

If you are building the sauna for your own personal use, a sauna of 4’x4′ is often enough as it will easily seat 3-4 people. For larger needs you can just build a bigger room, but you will have to take this in to account when choosing the sauna heater. A larger sauna needs a bigger wood heater, or a more powerful electric heater.

How big does it have to be?

The most important thing you have to think of, is the amount of people using the sauna. You can easily be tempted to build a large sauna, but face the fact – if you are only using it alone, or with one or two family members at a time, you don’t need a sauna that can seat 15 people or more. It is not going to be energy efficient, but it can be done.

For someone looking to build a very large sauna, we recommend doing it from the beginning all by yourself, or hiring a contractor to do the work for you. You can’t find a pre-built outdoor sauna kit that is very big.

We recommend that you get at least 1.5′ of bench per person using the sauna, but if you wish to lie down while using it, you should go with much more – it is easy to count once you measure how tall you are!

Generally you can use up to two levels of benches to still get a good steam room at each of the levels, and you should not go higher or much lower than 7′ in height of the room. Having two benches, each 1,5’x3 will only give you a sauna of 2 people as you don’t want someone to be sitting on the top of your feet! If you plan on having people in both of the levels, add some space for them in either the width of the bench of the length. Having an outdoor sauna that is too small will easily make people feel claustrophobic, as the heat will further increase the effect!

Building the outdoor sauna

You will need to build the room for the sauna, and the best way to do it is to start from the basics. Depending on the area you are going to build the sauna on, you will have to make the proper foundation. After that it is recommended to do a 2×4 framing while using fiberglass insulation between the exterior paneling of your choice, and the indoor paneling which is usually chosen to be red cedar wood. You will also need a layer of wide aluminium foil under the interior paneling. This will act as a heat insulator, and give the sauna a fireproof layer.

You will have to make an air intake at the bottom of at least one of the walls which is at least 3″x3″ in size and another one on the ceiling. Put the lower vent near the heater, and the top vent in the opposing corner. Usually both of these are open at all times to avoid the loss of fresh air in the sauna. We recommend you also build a window in the sauna to allow better drying after use.

The room hight is recommended to be 7′ high as this will not weaken the steam. A too high room will cause the steam and the heat to ‘escape’ to the top of the room and you will not have such a good sauna experience. Using a 2-level design for the benches you will get the best possible layout. This way if one feels too hot in the sauna, they can sit on the lower bench, without having to compromise the experience from the other people in the same sauna.

For a small, few person sauna, it is recommended to build the benches in an L-shape, where as larger saunas that can hold from 6 to 12 peeople at a time, other possibilities exist.

You can put the benches on opposing walls, and have the sauna heater placed at the center of the sauna, or in the middle of the end wall. This will usually require a sauna at least 7’x9′ to make it comfortable. A U-design is also possible for the sauna benches, where the sauna heater would be at the open end. For this bench design, you should use a larger sauna room than 7’x9′, and a 8’x10′ is a recommended minimum. This way the room can seat up to 15 people when at maximum capacity. Generally these designs will only work with large sauna rooms, as they can cause the small sauna room to be too tightly packed.

The easier solution – pre cut sauna kit

So you are not that experienced with construction, but you think you can handle building a sauna. The best way to go is to get a pre cut sauna kit. The most commonly used timber for these is cedar wood, and it does work really well in a sauna as it dries up really quickly, and it also provides the smell that is usually associated with steam rooms. Because it is very durable and mold resistant, it is possibly the best choice for a sauna.

Most of the sauna kits that are available, are meant for a ready built room, and all they provide are the benches and the door. You can usually choose if you want to get it with the door and the heater as well – this usually drives the price up quite a bit.

 

Best Sauna Heaters

Electric Sauna Heater
When you are buying a sauna heater, you don’t want to sacrifice quality. These are high quality electric devices that have to be safe to use, even in long term. You are combining water with electricity, you won’t want to save money in the wrong places.

  • Highest quality sauna heaters
  • Both electric and wood powered models
  • Largest rock capacity
  • Stainless steel parts and chassis
  • 3-wall construction

Wood Burning Sauna Heater
Depending on your sauna size, you will have to choose the correct power for your electric sauna heater. If you want to get a powerful one, you can run it at lower power if more isn’t needed, but if you choose to get a too weak heater, you will not get sufficient steam for your sauna room, even at highest power.

For saunas that are between 25 and 35 square feet, we recommend getting a heater with 6kW of power. For a sauna that is up to 60 square feet, we recommend getting a 9kW heater. Anything above you should go for a 12kW heater, and below 25 square feet saunas 5kW heaters should be enough.

Wood burning sauna heaters known for the soft steam that they produce. They have more stones, and because the source of heat is burning wood, it can’t get too hot too quickly. So basically you are heating a lot of stones to a perfect temperature. These can be quite inconvenient for some, and for that reason, electric heaters are the choice for many sauna owners who wish to use their sauna on a frequent basis. Outdoor sauna kits come with electric heaters.

When you get a good quality sauna heater you will get a machine that will last with you for decades. Many sauna owners are happy to tell that the investment that they made in the beginning was worth it, and they have had the same heater for the whole time they have had a sauna.

Because there is somewhat of a difference in the heat that wood burning and electric heaters produce, some people have chosen to get both types in their sauna. That way they can use the electric heater when they are just going for a quick steam during the week, and in the weekends they can use the wood burning heater when they have friends over, and are spending even hours in the sauna.

In either case you have to pay attention to safety issues. You want a heater that doesn’t heat from the outside, but only heats the stones. This can be impossible to achieve, but with multi layer walls, some of the best sauna heaters are able to keep the outside walls cooler. This way if you accidentally touch the outside of the heater, you will not get burnt.

Another thing that is important is with electric heaters you can’t take a risk of water touching electricity. This could cause serious problems. With wood burning heaters you need to keep the sauna heater far enough from the wall, to avoid the risk of starting a fire where you don’t want one.

Outdoor Sauna Kits – The Easy Way To Build Your Outdoor Sauna!

Saunas are a source of relaxation and many health benefits. Having one inside the house can make your home too hot to live in, but having an outdoor sauna can make all the difference.

  • Feel the relaxation after spending time in a sauna
  • Don’t heat your home, use an outdoor sauna
  • High build quality from Finlandia
  • Best available materials

Best Outdoor Saunas Available!

When it comes to making such a big purchase as buying a sauna, you don’t want to get the cheapest available option and sacrifice quality. You can get saunas from the oldest U.S. manufacturer at an affordable price, just make sure that you get them from Amazon.

Building saunas isn’t easy, and to make one that works as supposed, and lasts for a long time you need to have the expertise. Many try to build their own saunas, often noticing that they don’t get good steams in there, or that their structures get moldy quite soon.

By using the highest quality materials and making sure everything is made as it is supposed to be made, you can be sure that you will get a long term investment for your money. All these outdoor sauna kits have high quality vapor barriers, insulation materials, framings and bases. They are built to last, and to get a good sauna, all you have to do is assemble it.

In the winter time, and in colder climates having a sauna that is outdoors can be quite pleasant. You can’t really compare the feeling to anything else, that you get when you walk out from a steamy hot sauna, in to the outdoor weather that would normally feel cold, but now feels pleasantly cool. If you have a summer house that is near a lake, or you happen to be fortunate enough to live next to a lake, getting a sauna like this is a must!

You have a wide selection of door options, finishes and sizes to choose from. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a small 2 person sauna, or if you want to get a large sauna that can many more. These kits come with the highest quality sauna heaters that are set up to be optimal for a sauna of this size. People usually don’t know what type of a heater they should get and end up getting either a heater that is too powerful or not powerful enough. This can ruin the experience.

If you don’t want to get an outdoor sauna kit with a heater, you can get one that doesn’t have it with the kit. You might have a heater from your old sauna that is the right fit for the model you are about to purchase, and you have the option of not getting a new one. Keep in mind that the heaters with these kits are the highest quality, and will make a big difference when it comes to the time it takes for the heater to be at the operational heat, and also the amount of time they can be used.

Best Futons For Fat People

When you are on the heavy side, you start noticing little things in your life that aren’t as good as they could be. Regular beds are made for people who weigh in at about 200 pounds, and when you cross the 220 pounds marker, you will notice your back aching sometimes in the morning and generally having discomfort when you are sleeping. This isn’t only because of the bed is not supportive enough, but it is not supportive enough in the correct areas. Many people turn to futons as they are considered a better choice, but still you will have to make sure that it currectly designed. The best futons for fat people have been designed in a way that gives the most support in correct areas, and lets your body sink in naturally.

When we are overweight, the weight distribution in the body changes. People who are fat, usually tend to have relatively more weight in the lower part of their body, which in normal beds will cause their back to arch over the natural curvature of the spine – this is of course if they are sleeping on their. This will not immediately start showing except maybe as poor sleep quality, but in the long term the pressure that it causes to the intervertebral discs will cause problems that are far beyond just small back pain. You might even get a disc hernia because of a poorly fitting futon.

The weight distribution of the person sleeping in the bed is one of the largest demands that you put on a futon. All mattresses have been designed for a specific body type, and some might work well on more than a few body types, but the optimal futon or mattress is always custom made to the distribution of weight that your body has. This way we can be absolutely certain that you are getting the proper amount of lumbar support which allows the natural arch to be maintained in the spine. Also your lower body needs support in the correct places to maintain a natural hip position. The thing is that not all people sleep on their back all the time, and that is also a big reason why all mattresses aren’t equal. If you are sleeping on your stomach or on your side, the bed that is perfect for you to sleep on your back, might not be so good anymore.

Like I said there are quite a bit of differences in the way that the weight is distributed in the body, and just making a stiffer regular futon, isn’t going to make it in the best futons for fat people as it will most likely not support the lower body enough. Besides the weight distribution and it’s effect on sleep quality, you also need to think about the differing dimensions. The shape of the body can be quite a bit different, and if one has a large bottom, the futon has to make it possible for them to sleep in a natural position, which allows the supportive skeleton to maintain in a comfortable position. Not allowing the middle part of the body to sink in the futon is going to exaggerate the arch of the back and result in serious pain.

The lumbar part of the back is the part which is under the most stress on a regular basis. During the day the lumbar spine is mostly in an incorrect position which is caused by the seated position in which most of as work. When the lumbar arch is in kyphosis (reversed from the image above) instead of being in the natural lordosis, the intervertebral discs receive an unnatural pressure which can cause them to hernia in the spinal cord, causing even lower body paralysis. A proper futon designed for fat people can help obese people to relieve the pressure from the spine during the night, and not only reduce the risk of lower back injuries, but also improve the quality of sleep which will result in a better working performance and a reduced risk to be involved in accidents in traffic.

Very common problems that all people have when they are buying futons is that they try to save as much money as they can in choosing their futon. Good sleep quality is one of the largest single things that can influence your mood and your quality of life – instead save on the futon frame. When you choose the cheapest available option, you are also getting cheaper materials. This means that your futon is filled with a really low quality filling. These can usually be even garment fibres or even cotton which hasn’t been designed to give you the proper support you need, on a regular basis. Sure it could feel good at first but it will deteriorate slowly, and eventually you will notice you have back pains.

Poor materials don’t only bring the problem os poor support, but they also might be a reason for allergies. During our sleep, most of us sweat quite a bit, and when you are a fat person, you are going to sweat even more. The futon then has to be more resistant to mold and bacteria. Low quality materials rarely provide you with either of these, and you will soon notice the futon to be greenish or have a bad odor. There is really no other choice then than to throw the futon away and get a new one – money you might have saved back when you bought that cheap futon, have to be spent to get a new futon.

Cheap futons also have problems with the futon cover. Since the tuftings that are the small dimples on the futon, are the ones that keep the fillings in place, you need to have a lot of them. If the material on the muslin is low quality, there normally aren’t enough tuftings which allows the fillings to move inside the mattress. You will soon star to notice a dent in the futon, and eventually you will have everything in one corner of the futon. To avoid this you should be sure the futon is filled with foam and hardly any fiber. A really good quality foam doesn’t shift, and it doesn’t produce these pits in the long term. The problem is that there aren’t a lot of these futons available at really cheap prices, so you will always have to spend more than $200 to make sure you have a futon mattress for more than a month.

Fingerprint Door Lock Is Easy And Safe

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Biometric locks have been used in quite a lot of places because of their efficiency and the added safety that they provide. Using a biometric fingerprint door lock you can be certain that your lock isn’t picked and that your family is safe inside you home – nobody is getting in by opening the door. These aren’t just something that you see in the movies, but because of the improvements in the manufacturing techniques and an increase in the demand, the prices have come down to a level that is reasonable for the majority of consumers. Basically you will not pay a lot more for a biometric lock than you would pay for  a regular lock. You will never have to change locks again since you can’t lose your key and if you don’t want someone to have access in your home anymore, you can just simply delete their file from the database.

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How does it work?

Even though it is not fictional, you must have seen these fingerprint scanner door locks in the movies at some point. You will only need to either place your finger on the reader, or swipe it through a scanner. What happens then is the scanner sends information to a built in CPU about your fingerprint, and the CPU compares your fingerprint to a database where you have entered the different images that will be granted access. Normally these locks also store a lot of your previous scan images so that it is possible to keep track of small changes in your fingerprint, and that  way avoid errors.

If you are thinking of buying a fingerprint reader door lock, you are most likely looking for the traditional model. This normally includes the door handle as well, and the keypad is mounted to the handle. There are all kinds of designs so you don’t really have to worry about getting the wrong looking handle! You can easily get a nice antique brass looking handle, but you can also get the most modern brushed aluminium looks if that is what you are looking for. There are also basic handles that look just like a regular contemporary door handle.

The fingerprint keypad door lock usually comes with an easy to use interface that makes it all quite simple. The most simple models have the keypad mounted just above the handle. You will just press your thumb on it and open the door at the same time. You can enter all the users in the database simply by using the very same reader that you use to open the door.

These keyless entry systems were originally developed for the hotels to use, and that is why most people think that a lock like this will make your front door look like a hotel rooms door. The advancements that have been made in both design and technology, have allowed a small enough container for the electronics that is required for a fingerprint front door lock to prevent a large locking mechanism being installed.

Since biometrics have developed quite a lot in the past few years even, it has been possible to take the level of an inexpensive fingerprint recognition door lock to the place where it is now. Basically you will never have to worry about losing your keys again once you choose to get something like this to your home, but there are other benefits as well. Some of these locks come with great features like auto-locking. This will lock your door depending on the setup that has been put it. If it can be customized on the particular model you can actually set it to activate at night, or by a short delay like three to five seconds. That way you won’t ever forget your door unlocked but your fingerprint ID door lock is doing all it can to keep your home safe. There are setups where the reader can actually be connected to your home security system should you have one. This way it is possible to avoid all kinds of false alarms, but also activate the alarm if there are too many false attempts.

There are also biometric fingerprint deadbolt door locks that are very popular. These are easier to install since you won’t have a handle – the whole system isn’t as large as it could be. These can be used as additional safety on the top of your regular locks, but they can also replace your other locks completely. Since the mechanism is smaller, the chassis of the lock is more discreet, allowing it to be placed in places where it matters. The benefits aren’t as good as you would get with a full blown exterior fingerprint door lock, but you can be sure to get a good system even this way.

What I always suggest to people who are looking to buy anything, is to look on the internet. The thing is that you can find online stores that can offer you prices that are unheard of in the local locksmiths shop. Why is this? Large companies like Amazon handle all their shipments from one huge facility, making their storage space really cheap and at the same time very efficient. Someone who is renting at in the city, is going to have trouble getting as affordable storage space as they do. If you want to save money on your fingerprint door lock, then I really do suggest you to check out their selection from the links at the top of this article. That way you can be sure that you aren’t at least going to pay too much, and you can even try to haggle the price down . Keep in mind though that you are searching for a security solution, and you don’t necessarily want to get the cheapest model out there – you just want not to pay too much on the good one. So spending a little time trying to find one for the best price is a good idea.

Bulk Wood Pellets For Sale – a Cheap Green Option

The recent oil leak which isn’t even under control yet, in the Gulf of Mexico, has reminded us all that we need to get rid of the chains that fossile fuels come with. We need to find more innovative and renewable sources for energy, and wood pellets is a great option. Many people realise the fact that you can get great deals online and for that reason alone they seem to be saving quite a lot of money in their heating bills.  All you will need is a good fireplace where you can burn them. but also you can get a boiler to use them to heat your water. This way you can save oil! Face it – the price for oil isn’t going down, but instead it’s going up! You will have to find an alternative way to heat your house before the prices are too high – byt then every oil related product will cost quite a lot.

Shopping online is quite easy, and when it comes to buying pellets, it is probably the best option. You can find the best price for wood pellets online, as the sellers can focus on moving larger quantities especially for people who want to heat their house during the whole winter. What you don’t want to purchase are those pellets that cost less than $5 per 20 lbs since based on my experience and the experience of others, they do not provide such a powerful heating power, and also they don’t burn so clean. They leave a lot of ash behind, and for this reason alone you should try to avoid them – a lot of ash in your fireplace will make it necessary to clean it before every refill, and this will not only consume time but also your fireplace, boiler or stove –  wherever you choose to use wood pellets. Also since they provide less heat you will have to use more of them, and usually the amount that would usually last easily over a cold winter ends up depleting in the middle of a mild winter – you don’t want that to happen, especially if you are alone somewhere far from civilisation. Only get high quality wood pellets that are mad

What are wood pellets?

When we are using pellets as a prime source for energy, we aren’ depleting any stores of anything for simply our heating needs. They are made from compressed sawdust where the dust goes through a hammer mill to be squeezed – if you have a lot of sawdust because you are working as a carpenter or something similar, you can even get your own mill to make your own pellets. The excess sawdust that comes from various sources is simply gathered and processed to get bulk wood pellets that are then either distributed directly to merchants, or they are repackaged and branded. So it’s a green option also because of the fact that we are using leftowers to make the pellets!

Even if the price of all fuel is climbing rapidly, pellets are still maintaining their low price and are becoming the most energy efficient, least polluting way to heat practically anything.

Where to find bulk wood pellets?

What can I say. Searching for anything in bulk isn’t that difficult, and you don’t have to even leave your home. Check out this link to Amazon if you don’t believe me. There you can find some of the cheapest pellets out there, but you also have a wide range to choose from – you aren’t limited to just one or two products, but instead you can choose from a wide variety of suppliers. Since the whole process is handled through a very large webstore, you can trust on the fact that each and every seller are providing you some premium customer service – if anything goes wrong Amazon will take their products off their website and they will get your money back really fast – since they want to uphold a reliable service.

This is one of the biggest reasons why I suggest you use those large websites for your shopping – they come with a clear customer service policy. With a fishy small supplier, you aren’t going to get that and when something goes wrong it can go really wrong.

What are the best bulk wood pellets online?

Keep in mind that you want me to give you an honest opinion on the best product on the market that can be found with a decent price tag. Well I will have to go with Clean Burn 100% Premium Pellets since they have a really low ash content, but also a really low moisture level. This means that they will burn really clean without much or any smoke, and when they are gone, they are gone – nothing to clean up! Also I have noticed their heating power to be quite superior to many other products out there. They cost less than any other type of fuel out there, and simply put they are the best of quality out there. I suggest that you stock up on them and get a years supply at once  – it will end up taking no more space than 4′ x 4′ on your garage, or in your backyard – they are neatly packaged in 40lbs bags which you can easily pick up and carry to your fireplace or boiler or stove. If you are looking for bulk wood pellets for sale, then this is the best offer that you are going to find!