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Continuing my work on the "earth, air, fire & water" theme in our "back forty" out in our summer place in Springs, NY (see yurt raising here), I just (this weekend) finally finished getting the super cool, new wood stove powered hot tub ready for use.
This tub is the second one I've helped to put together and while it's definitely a luxury, it's a wonderfully rustic one that preserves your sense of the elements and the outdoors without mechanical distraction. After unpacking everything, you want to assemble and set the base of the tub in the place you want it and where it will stay nice and level.
Just like wood barrels that hold wine, a cedar hot tub is basically an open barrel which is going to hold water once all your cedar staves are moist, expanded and pressing firmly together. Once you get all of your staves in place, you wrap the three steel bands around the sides and gently tighten till firm. This is the easy part as the chofu wood stove attaches very easily to the side of your tub. As you begin to add water you will notice very quickly that most of it is flowing out the sides of your tub.
But consider the costs of a manufactured “Spa” (they call them spas today): $3,000-$4,000 will buy you a basic modern unit that is ready all the time with hot, filtered and chemical-ed water. For a $300 total investment, a few sticks of firewood created by the sun (free, discarded Oak pallets burn well) and no other cost, you can soak in your hot tub any time you want – as long as you plan ahead, that is.
I could cut a piece of 1” thick white packing foam to seal the top to keep out dirt and use the water again. But it is easier to simply drain the tub onto the yard and garden. If I still lived in the Midwest, where winters can be very cold, I would probably not use this kind of tub.
You can build this hot tub yourself! You can maintain it yourself. You can fix it yourself.

I went and got me a trough to build this hot tub but I realized that the sealant at bottom corners of the trough may not withstand the heat from fire and eventually melt. I have to agree with others questioning if it's really a 'solar' hot tub, but admire your ingenuity.
We had this same set up when we were kids as our only bathing source; we used a bathtub with a fire under it and cut out a peice of thick plywood that sat on the bottom of the tub which prevented any burning. This reminds me of the galvanized tub my siblings and I bathed in as kids prior to moving into a modernized house when I was about four. The tub is from Sea Otter Woodworks up in Alaska and took about three weeks to arrive in a big box.
The tub is very heavy when filled with water, so you want to be sure to put it on a stone, brick or cinderblock surface. They don't get screwed or glued into place, and it takes some patience to set them all around the tub without having them fall over (which they want to do when you get to the end and the fit gets tight). Your "dry" tub is now ready to have the benches inserted, the stove attached and to start the moistening process. Now let’s say you want to turn many gallons of water from warm or cold into hot tub temperature. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. Sea Otter makes many different sizes and shapes of cedar hot tubs, in addition to indoor Japanese ofuro tubs, but I personally like this medium size eliptical shape with the chofu wood stove. In almost every way, my new sun-powered tub is superior to the old redwood tubs of the 70s.

It consists of an old claw foot bath tub, on blocks, a pit under the center with stone lining it for the wood fire, and nothing else. It could also maintain the temperature of the water (keep it warm) so it can be used as the domestic hot water supply. You DO have to start your fire early in order to heat up your tub (10 degrees every hour of stove time) and keep tending it, but the payoff is a silent, wood crackling experience as the heated water naturally pulls the colder water into the stove and pushes up and in the hot water back to you. While it may take days and days of filling and draining, the tub does swell and all those holes will soon disappear. The tub cost us $25 from a movie I worked on, and it's cast iron, so holds heat pretty well. The Japanese culture had a tradition of taking very long hot baths, but last I heard they had to stop due to resource constrains due to keeping the water hot. There was a funny email joke going around a few years ago that had the same 'system' in place. A few pieces of sage staged next to the tub warms it quickly when it begins to cool, and smells good as a bonus. The actual 'solar' hot tub I will be permantly installing will include water heating panels which are pretty easy to construct, and a larger tank to soak in.

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