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Old 03-19-2010, 01:38 PM
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NOW COMPLETE!!! Wanted: semi-permanent hot tub ideas

I'm thinking of setting up a hot tub down at the river at the end of my yard. It will be the standard garden hose to low flow pump to copper coil in a fire to more garden hose to hot tub idea.

What I'm not sure of is what to use as the tub itself. I have a couple of ideas:

1. use an existing tub. I'm thinking a cattle stock tank or some kind of small portable pool.
2. use cedar logs milled into a trapezoid shape with a chainsaw and set up vertically next to one another to form a circle - similar to an oak barrel. It would be banded with steel and the bottom wold likele be made from sawn planks.
3. use cedar logs milled flat on two sides, laying flat on top of one another (horizontally) in an octagon shape. This would likely not be able to be made to seal so I would need to add tarp or pond liner or something.

This is going to be sitting on the bank of the Coquihalla river in a very visable spot so it needs to look natural and not be an eye sore... if I do a poly tank or something, I'll build a rough log surround or another suitable surround.

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Old 03-19-2010, 01:52 PM
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have you thought about something like this? I saw them at the outdoor show.

do a Google on wood burning hot tubs to find more info


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i have a hot tub you ca have,no pump or heater
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there is also a free one on craigs list
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or you could come get this one out of the yard
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How big is your tub? would it fit in a pick up? could two people move it?
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That's a deadly looking tub and exactly what I dream of... however it will be in danger of being washed away or needing to be dismantled and scapped so keeping the cost down is a must. I can scavenge all the raw logs i want for free, but properly milled lumber ie. T&G is out of the question unfortunately.

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have you thought about something like this? I saw them at the outdoor show.

do a Google on wood burning hot tubs to find more info

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Then again, I could be talking out of my ass...
Maybe decent lumber is a lot cheaper than I think? I'll check on a few options. That tub does look sweet and I could always build it a bit higher. I was kinda hoping to keep it right at the river's edge though...
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A free one is sounding like the way to go. I'll just place it further up the bank than i had origionally wanted so that it's in no danger of being washed away. The whole "building one out of cedar" idea seems like it will be a lot more work than I have time for right now with my SAS and everything. Also it would be super easy to mod a pre-existing tub to a fire heated deal...
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Soon as it's set up! Hopefully in the next month. Guys must bring at least one extra single, decent looking chick : )
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sounds good. i wanted to put one of those wood burning units on a party barge.
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I've been looking into 110V pumps for this thing. Princess auto has a few ranging from 1/4 to 1/2HP and from $60.00 to $120.00
I'm likely going to be doing the typical 1/2" copper tubing (tons of coils - like 10) and garden hose. anyone got any idea what pump would be best to feed a 6-8 person tub? the tub will be mounted about 10' above the water level. What about a rheostat? Think I'll need/benefit from one???
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Well the ideal set up with be two pumps. A high volume water pump to get the water into the tub then a shurflow 2088 that you can get from Princess auto would be perfect torecirculate from tub to Copper coil. You could do the whole thing with the Shurflow pump but it would take a while to fill the tub.

Remember to Keep over filling the tub or add Chorine and shock to keep it clean.

.....oh and more copper the better.
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I was thinking of going with two pumps. My roomate has a fairly strong pump designed to run a pond fountain so maybe that would be enough for the "high vol." pump? I'm going to test it out this weekend and see how the flow rate is. I'm definately wanting to go with a bunch of copper to speed up heating. As far as sanitizing goes, the overflow will be into the Coquihalla River so I can't use any chemicals... I can however use sea salt which works well to sanitize, condition the water and it's even good or your skin. The tub will only be used for the day/weekend max and then drained and cleaned with a biodegadable cleaner so I don't think it should be a huge issue. Thanks for the advice Honky! Oh ya, and I think I'll be going with Digger's ol' tub...
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