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Does anyone use or have used a Steamy Wonder? Is it worth the $1,300?

Has anyone tried making their own steam canopy?

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You may want to look at this. It was a while back. I still have not purchased one. The plan is to definitely to incorporate it my practice, but I have to save up for the expense.
Thanks for replying. It was good to hear from someone who uses one. I have my own design to make a steam canopy just like the Steamy Wonder, but it's only going to cost me about $100 in supplies and my time. I hope it won't infringe on some sort of patent.

Has anyone else made their own steam canopy?

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You may want to look at this. It was a while back. I still have not purchased one. The plan is to definitely to incorporate it my practice, but I have to save up for the expense.
It's on my wish list. I've been in a Steamy Wonder and it was wonderful. One of my instructors has 2 of them. I am saving to get one.
I've always thought that was a piece of equipment that appears to be way overpriced! My husband builds for a living and I'd bet he could build one of these. When it comes down to it, it is a steam generator that could probably be purchased cheaply. I just looked on the web and found one of those vinyl zip up saunas complete with the generator for less than 100. So say the generator itself is worth 100 bucks; the frame itself shouldn't cost more than 100, including the fabric and constructing the frame.

As for infringing on a patent, if you're just using it in your office and not selling them to anyone, I don't think you'd be in any trouble for that.
I've used at different locations. They paid I didn't. If you use it regularly it pretty much pays for itself in less then 6 months time. One place I knew did it as both a stand alone and an add on. Clients were coming in all the time just to steam. So it really all depends on the area you are in and whether it's a new thing or something they are fairly comfortable with. I love it because it's fairly easy to use and the clients feel the results immediately.
I'm sure people enjoy it. I've never been in one; I have a sauna in my office. I still maintain that they are charging 1300. for something that could be constructed for about 200. That seems like an amazing case of price gouging to me. My entire sauna, which is a real one constructed entirely from wood and seats two people, only cost 800. It even has a built in CD player.
If anyone figures it out, let me know. I would love to have one but I too think they are overpriced.
My wooden sauna $800 or a Steamy Wonder, which is mostly fabric and a small steam generator, $1300. And the S.W. does take up space---I realize not everyone may have room for a sauna, but I actually installed mine in a closet, and the S.W. IS big and bulky. I got a massage at the beach a couple of months ago from a therapist who had a S.W. and it took up quite a bit of space in her therapy room.

Well, I found that you don't need an expensive steam generator, when you can just use an kind of food steamer set on high. All steam generators are is heating water to it's boiling point to create steam, which is exactly what food steamers do and you can get them for $16.

Then all you need is three long dowels, a foot longer than your massage table, two wooden dowel hoops, cut in half, Velcro, tent cloth, needle and thread, mini fan, thermometer and some time. All this for less than $100 - $200. I don't know how they get away with charging so much for something so basic.

My preliminary mock-up:


They even charge $30 for their hanging apparatus, when all you need is a few hook eyes and string.

I'll be making a more detailed blueprint with actual dimensions and prices later.
Good for you for showing people how to do that! Definitely getting the better value for the money!

Crystal Dawn Suovanen said:
Well, I found that you don't need an expensive steam generator, when you can just use an kind of food steamer set on high. All steam generators are is heating water to it's boiling point to create steam, which is exactly what food steamers do and you can get them for $16.

Then all you need is three long dowels, a foot longer than your massage table, two wooden dowel hoops, cut in half, Velcro, tent cloth, needle and thread, mini fan, thermometer and some time. All this for less than $100 - $200. I don't know how they get away with charging so much for something so basic.

My preliminary mock-up:


They even charge $30 for their hanging apparatus, when all you need is a few hook eyes and string.

I'll be making a more detailed blueprint with actual dimensions and prices later.

Hi Crystal,

How has your Steam Canopy worked out? I'm also thinking of making my own but was curious as to what type of cloth you used, is it mold resistant? and also what kind of dowels did you use? I was thinking of tent polls or similar so they are mold resistant. Thanks for your time.. Karen:)


Crystal Dawn Suovanen said:

Well, I found that you don't need an expensive steam generator, when you can just use an kind of food steamer set on high. All steam generators are is heating water to it's boiling point to create steam, which is exactly what food steamers do and you can get them for $16.

Then all you need is three long dowels, a foot longer than your massage table, two wooden dowel hoops, cut in half, Velcro, tent cloth, needle and thread, mini fan, thermometer and some time. All this for less than $100 - $200. I don't know how they get away with charging so much for something so basic.

My preliminary mock-up:


They even charge $30 for their hanging apparatus, when all you need is a few hook eyes and string.

I'll be making a more detailed blueprint with actual dimensions and prices later.

I built one using tent fabric but the steam seems to leak out - wonder if it is the wrong fabric or I need to water proof it.  Does anyone have ideas?



Karen Clark said:

Hi Crystal,

How has your Steam Canopy worked out? I'm also thinking of making my own but was curious as to what type of cloth you used, is it mold resistant? and also what kind of dowels did you use? I was thinking of tent polls or similar so they are mold resistant. Thanks for your time.. Karen:)


Crystal Dawn Suovanen said:

Well, I found that you don't need an expensive steam generator, when you can just use an kind of food steamer set on high. All steam generators are is heating water to it's boiling point to create steam, which is exactly what food steamers do and you can get them for $16.

Then all you need is three long dowels, a foot longer than your massage table, two wooden dowel hoops, cut in half, Velcro, tent cloth, needle and thread, mini fan, thermometer and some time. All this for less than $100 - $200. I don't know how they get away with charging so much for something so basic.

My preliminary mock-up:


They even charge $30 for their hanging apparatus, when all you need is a few hook eyes and string.

I'll be making a more detailed blueprint with actual dimensions and prices later.

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