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Old 03-24-2010, 11:35 PM
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i have a hot tub with pump, heater and cover. free
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:32 AM
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Dig a hole in the ground and put a tarp in it.
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:06 AM
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am i wrong or was there a write up on how to build the portable hot tub stuff on here. i want one for when we go camping but i cant really remember how they work. uses your cooling system as a pump doesnt it?
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Dig a hole in the ground and put a tarp in it.
This is going on a VERY rocky beach. There's no way I could dig a big enough hole. Plus if I did that near the river's edge, the majority of the hole would be below the river level and, therefore fill with cold water.
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am i wrong or was there a write up on how to build the portable hot tub stuff on here. i want one for when we go camping but i cant really remember how they work. uses your cooling system as a pump doesnt it?

You might be right about the camping hot tub design thread...

The one I'm building is kind of a camping tub/standard tub hybrid, so I was mainly looking for ideas for the tub itself. Mine will be fire heated, not dependant on a vehicle. I'm not sure if you can heat a camping tub with a vehicle's cooling system but I know you can set up a camp shower that way...
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:26 AM
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You might be right about the camping hot tub design thread...

The one I'm building is kind of a camping tub/standard tub hybrid, so I was mainly looking for ideas for the tub itself. Mine will be fire heated, not dependant on a vehicle. I'm not sure if you can heat a camping tub with a vehicle's cooling system but I know you can set up a camp shower that way...

ah damn maybe it was the shower i was thinkin of.....maybe honky will notice this and give me a heads up haha, thanks balmer.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:18 AM
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I have seen someone heat a small hot tub with a truck. Took a heck of a long time but it is possible. I sell heat exchangers that work great for a shower for the truck....do a search on FIBC for truck showers
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Here's a few pics of my "beach spot" at the Coquihalla River. The hot tub will be just up the river bank, overlooking this spot. Can't wait for the 1st hot tub/river party!!!


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So at long last my hot tub project is virtually finished! All I have to do is install the cedar skirting on to the 2"x3" frame that my girl and I made. It should be totally done this afternoon if I decide to brave the rain... It's been used about a dozen times already with great success. It fills and heats to 110 degrees in two hours with a decent fire. Let the good times roll...


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Now thats what I call living the good life!!!!
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Good idea on using an old radiator. Let us know how well it stands up.
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Thanks guys! I wound up going with a multi-pass set up instead of a single pass because, even with an 11 rib radiator there's not enough heat on a single pass. The tub gets a very small amount of sanitizer to keep things clean n' clear. The jets were all removed and covered with plexi-glass disks, which double as light lenses. Two new jets were added in the appropriate locations as a cold water outlet at the bottom of the tub and a hot water inlet at the top. The water is circulated by a pond pump inserted into the cold water outlet (350 gal per hour). My frame is built form 2"x3", and sided with rough cedar. There's 10 lights, a built in, lighted ice bucket and a multi light, floating disco ball! Now all I need is a cheap stereo out there...
I got out of the tub last night at 108 degrees with the fire burned out and this morning it was still at 98 degrees (covered). I'm totally impressed with this project - it took a lot of research and planning but the total cost of EVERYTHING was less than $400.00. Most of my materials were "freecycled" so that helped alot with the costs. Who wants to come for a soak by the river??? If you've got the beer I've got the tub!
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Good idea on using an old radiator. Let us know how well it stands up.
The radiator does an awesome jod of heating the tub, less than 2 hours to go from 50 degrees to 110 degrees! The only down side so far is that the radiator does slowly rust. After two days the tub needs to be drained thanks to an orangy rust look to the water as well as super fine rust sediment on the flat surfaces in the tub. When filling the tub I flush out the rad as much as possible to minimize the rust issue. In the future I'll be adding some kind of filtering system to the pump or possibly inline to remedy the problem all together. I'm thinking that it will take a hell of a long time to rust all the way through a cast iron radiator so I'm not too worried about longevity but we'll see...
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