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#1 of 7 Old 05-09-2009, 01:13 AM - Thread Starter
 
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has anyone done this? is there a way to make your own wooden, wood-or propane heated tub for the back yard? it seems the chofu heaters are common but pricy- i checked out- www.islandhottub.com or www.cedartubs.com, both sell the stoves for 700-800$ which seems so expensive, this isnt even including any piping.
i looked at some diy examples where folks just used a galvanized stock tank, which im assuming is more economical then buying a pre-fab cedar tank.
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No ideas, but I have often seen ads for wood heated hot tubs and wondered how well they work? With all of our wood, it seems like it might be a nice idea.
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We got a free used hottub, and turned an old upright barrel woodstove into a water heater for it. We used copper tubing to build a thermosiphon system. It heats 250 gallons of water in 2.5 hours.

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We have one on the property where we rent (a semi forming ecovillage). The heater is broke and like you say it is around $900 for a new one. The PP's idea sounds like a good one!

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thanks for the info! now if only i can stumble upon a free tub!
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You can post on craigslist for a used hot tub.

You can go with a small solar hot water unit for about $1000. (EFI.org - need commercial account login) You would need to add a small pump to circulate the water and have a plan for draining the unit in freezing weather.
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We LOVE our Chofu from island hot tubs!!!! We bought a 6' galvanized stock tank and use rigid insulation for the top - nothing on the sides. Easy to take care of and great fun.

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