Asked by: charlie4243-ga
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23 Sep 2002 13:28 PDT
Expires: 23 Oct 2002 13:28 PDT
Question ID: 68160
I need to know specifically the minimum dimensions for a circular sweat hut assuming a 24" diameter pit in the center to hold the heated stones. Is an eight-foot diameter (three feet around the pit) too small? Any detailed directions for constructing a sweat hut would be a plus.
Re: Sweat Huts
Answered By: rico-ga on 23 Sep 2002 14:29 PDT
An eight foot diameter seems to be the minimum, Charlie, given a two-foot diameter pit. There are a number of "Building a Sweat Lodge" pages. This one at... http://www.sagemenscircle.org/buildlodge.html ...notes, "a practical lodge about 8 feet in diameter will hold 4-6 people." with "a small pit about 2 feet wide in the center of the lodge." As you'll see, the page has detailed instructions for building a hut/lodge. According to "Building a Sweat Lodge" at... http://www.think-aboutit.com/native/building_a_sweat_lodge.htm "Sit cross-legged on the ground facing the [rock pit's] outer edge , and leave at least a foot or two between your knees and the center [rock pit's] outer edge." The guide recommends a minimum nine-foot diameter lodge which "will seat twelve people comfortably" using a 24" diameter pit. The page also goes on to give detailed instructions on building a sweat lodge. Two other pages dealing with sweat lodges or hut you may find of interest... http://www.welcomehome.org/rob/sweat/sweat.html http://www.indiancanyonvillage.org/SweatLodge.htm (many links on this page. Unfortunately, many are also broken). regards, rico
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