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Offline BADB0Y

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Wood Fired Hot Tub
« on: May 08, 2012, 08:37:32 AM »
Does anyone have any experience with these? I'm very interested in buying or building one. Of course, all the manufacturers tell you the tub kits you can buy are worthless, and you just have to buy their setup, so they aren't the best source of info.

I already have an abundance of cedar (the area we live in is called Cedar Creek Lake), and a mill that saws logs on the halves. I'm thinking this is the perfect edition to my set up!
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Offline Redoverfarm

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2012, 08:56:21 AM »
I have been around them a few times.  A friend has one but he purchased it 2nd hand and the previous owner had welded the rings and their was no adjustment.  He ended up on buying new rings to tighten the staves together to keep it from leaking.  Unfortuneately he passed away before he could get them installed.  I hope his son repairs it as his father enjoyed his soak time.  It takes some getting used to firing it from the top. No circulation of the water other than a paddle or human power.  The biggest downside that I can see is keeping the water at the correct balance in the PH, alkalinity and filtering.  Unlike other hot tubs there is no water circulation but even this could be overcome with a little inginuity.

If you decided to build one of course there is a special joint and angle of the wooden staves and the metal rings are not cheap.


Offline BADB0Y

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2012, 09:36:55 AM »
Well, there is a design that I found that the water circulated itself. Its not strong jets like a regular jacuuzi, but it's something.
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Offline comanche

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 12:59:32 PM »
Here's a kit that logosol has-

http://www.logosol.us/customer-service/news/2544/outdoor-hot-tub-kit.html

I don't have any experience with it, but like the other logosol products I've used.

Bailey's is now selling the logosol products in the US so you'd have to check there to see if it was available.
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Offline MikeOnBike

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2012, 12:18:00 PM »
I plan on a Rubbermaid 150gal water trough...

http://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com/rcp/products/detail.jsp?rcpNum=4245

...and a Chufu heater...

http://www.islandhottub.com/woodhtr.html

...finished like this.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/multimedia/image-gallery.aspx?id=2147488829&seq=5

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Offline hhbartlett

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2012, 04:42:18 AM »
I plan on a Rubbermaid 150gal water trough...

http://www.rubbermaidcommercial.com/rcp/products/detail.jsp?rcpNum=4245

...and a Chufu heater...

http://www.islandhottub.com/woodhtr.html

...finished like this.

http://www.motherearthnews.com/multimedia/image-gallery.aspx?id=2147488829&seq=5

Going to be a wedding anniversary to the missus.

 [cool] That's brilliant. That wood stove would also be useful for regular off-grid domestic water heating. I guess if you wanted to get really hillbilly about it, you could find an old used woodstove cheap, drill holes and put in a copper coil for the same effect.

Offline BADB0Y

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2012, 09:41:16 AM »
I don't lnow why I didn't think of that. I grew up with a stock tank swimming pool as a kid.

I am concerned about the heat, as according to manufacturers,  poly tanks are not rated or intended to hold anything over 120 degrees. Hot tubs normally are aroun 105-110 degrees, but with a wood burner I would be worried about it spiking.
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Offline Dave Sparks

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2012, 05:04:52 AM »
Or an old used F-glass hot tub. Someone might pay you $300 to haul it away if it is broken. Mine is used with the propane version of the Chofu from Island. Works great!
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Offline Gary O

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012, 10:52:44 AM »
Mike, I really like that set up.
Pretty much what I was considering
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Offline Turneka

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Re: Wood Fired Hot Tub
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2021, 03:33:45 AM »
I`ve bought my fiberglass hot tub with external heater from this seller https://www.wildtubs.com/product-category/hot-tubs/ and using it already 5 years. Had no problems with it, No require any fixes or anything. So there is no doubt that wood fired hot tubs is a good choice.

 

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