6500 gal cisternNovember 13th, 2013 forestlumber

Conservation of natural resources is one of the most obvious reasons to harvest rainwater. It’s becoming increasingly clear that water is not the infinite resource we once believed it to be. As municipal agencies struggle to meet our 21st century needs, collecting rainwater at home reduces the amount that needs to be delivered, saving the energy that would have been used to pump it. Reducing the strain on public water sources also saves money by reducing your water bills. When you collect rainwater, you’re letting gravity do the majority of the work.

By catching water before it reaches the ground, you’ll also alleviate contamination of local bodies of water. As rainwater runs down your property and the surrounding area, it ends up filtering into the groundwater or draining into a nearby lake or stream. Along the way, the water gathers pollutants and trash. This has become an area of concern for environmentalists, as all of these elements will eventually need to be removed (or even worse, not). By catching the water before it has the chance to get dirty, you can reduce the pollution of your immediate environment.

Rainwater also has an advantage over the municipal water supply for its use in many common household tasks. For example, it lacks the abundance of minerals that can wear away at laundry appliances over time. Because it’s free of chlorine, rainwater is also a much better alternative for watering plants. You might also find that rainwater is a healthier source of drinking water for you and your family.

When you get right down to it, rainwater harvesting draws its appeal from the same source as many other ancient human practices that have stood the test of time. It allows us to find comfort in an increased level of self-reliance and independence. In a world that seems to be filled with constant uncertainty, with a shared environment that is chronically mismanaged and neglected, it makes sense to go directly to the source, the power of nature.

Our 100% Western Red Cedar custom made water tanks and cisterns are a great natural way to enjoy all these advantages of rainwater harvesting. They won’t break down from UV radiation the way plastic tank will, and they could last as long as 50 years. Visit Forest Lumber and Cooperage: take a look at water tanks and everything else we have to offer.


vertical sauna insideOctober 14th, 2013 forestlumber

The handcrafted cedar barrel saunas available at Forest Lumber & Cooperage make us proud. However, it’s not only the top-grade materials and high performance that we believe in. More importantly, we can attest to the wonderful health benefits and feelings of well-being that our saunas can provide. So what exactly happens to the body when you enter one?

The first thing you’ll probably notice is the sweat. Responding to the change in heat, your body will begin producing acetylcholine. This chemical delivers a message to sweat glands around the body to start producing. While serving the important purpose of regulating the body’s internal temperature, the sweat will also excrete excessive salt, heavy metals, urea and other toxins. In fact, a 15-minute sauna can detox the body as much as 24-hours of regular kidney activity. It also cleanses the skin by flushing the sweat glands and opening pores. Keep in mind that it’s important to replenish the water that you lose along with all the toxins.

Simultaneously, your heart rate will begin to rise, pumping faster and faster. Blood vessels near the skin will dilate to accommodate faster blood circulation, causing the skin to take on a red hue. All this activity will cause your metabolism to kick into higher gear, as if you’re taking a brisk walk. You’ll feel the effects of a cardiovascular workout, burning fat in the process. With the release of endorphins, you’ll feel a general sense of well-being and mild relief from nagging physical pains.

There are plenty of other effects. The warm, steamy air will enter your airways, soothing nasal passages and clearing congestion. Even though your heart rate is elevated, you’re muscles and joints will relax, increasing flexibility. Sitting back and soaking in the warmth, your mind might wander off, experiencing a moment of total relaxation. Finally, once you emerge from the sauna, you’ll feel as great as you have all day, with heightened senses and a sharp mind.

Sounds nice, right? There’s a reason why people all over the world have gravitated towards saunas for centuries. To make that experience possible on a daily basis at your own home, order a cedar barrel sauna kit from Forest Lumber & Cooperage today.