Life outdoors is taxing on the body. In this very barebones demo, we’ll run through how to recover with a DIY steam tent. It’s no resort spa, that’s for sure. But given the benefits, it’s a project worth tackling.
Steam can be used to relieve muscle stiffness, aid in workout recovery, improve circulation, reduce stress, clear sinuses, aid in detoxing, and improve skin health among a host benefits touted by cultures around the world for centuries. We suggest you don’t try this at home unless you understand the risks and are in good health.
Exploding stones: Stones with water in them can explode as the water heats internally and expands. Dry volcanic/igneous or dry metamorphic stones are often used. If you are unsure about what stones you have access to then we suggest holding off until you can find someone who knows more about the steam process and geological identification.
Heat exposure: Try to limit your steam to 20 minutes. Don’t partake if you have underlying health conditions.
Keep well hydrated before and after the steam due to the intense amount to water one will sweat out.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
SMALL SEALED TENT Canvas or synthetic tarp. Nothing you care too much about. Open bottom.
STONES Dry volcanic/Igneous or metamorphic stones. No river rocks, there’s a chance rocks can explode if moisture is trapped within.
LOTS OF DRY FIREWOOD
SHOVEL For digging and hot rock transport
1. MAKE A TENT. SEAL IT WELL
The more insulated and sealed you make it, the more effective the steam will be.
2. COLLECT DRY ROCKS
Dry volcanic/igneous or metamorphic stones that have already undergone intense heat and pressure within the earth’s crust and mantle are best. We’re gonna repeat this again: Do not use river rocks. Remember what we said about explosions?
3. COLLECT FIREWOOD. PREPARE FIRE PIT
Prepare a fire outside of the tent, layering rocks and firewood.
4. HEAT ROCKS UNTIL RED HOT IN FIRE
After the fire is lit, it can take an hour or two for the rocks to get glowing hot.
3. DIG PIT INSIDE TENT
Dig small round pit inside of the tent. Hot rocks will be placed inside during the steam.
4. COLLECT WATER
Collect water to use for steam. Place inside the tent.
5. TRANSFER HOT STONES
Once stones are red hot, transfer them into the shelter’s pit. Stack them together so they remain insulated and lose heat slowly.
6. TIME TO STEAM
Undress to your comfort and seal up the tent behind you. Slowly douse the water onto the hot stones to make steam and enjoy.
KNOW YOUR LIMITS. ENJOY RESPONSIBLY.