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Old 02-28-2019, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Home made hot tubs!

I'm digging old school cinder block style hot tubs and would love one for the backyard. Anyone on here make one? Found a few old posts from Roundhouse etc. but then the sirch dead.

Whatchu got?
Plus my neighbour wants to use it
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Some old school hippies I knew had a galvanized stock tank or horse trough they used. Had a seating area made of pallet wood. Basically straddled a fire pit.

Fit four comfortably and worked pretty well. Over time keeping it clean would be the hard part.
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Some old school hippies I knew had a galvanized stock tank or horse trough they used. Had a seating area made of pallet wood. Basically straddled a fire pit.

Fit four comfortably and worked pretty well. Over time keeping it clean would be the hard part.
Yea... it's gotta look a bit nicer than that
I'd do it if I was single.

I want something a bit more permanent. Not opposed to a wood burner/waste oil drip set up for a temporary heater.
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You can get ideas from Pinterest.
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https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/...b-zm0z18fmzmar
https://www.diyncrafts.com/35378/hom...y-in-a-weekend
This should get you started!
I made one out of a plastic stock tank and a 30 gal propane water heater , it worked but took for ever to heat up as I had no cover or insulation.
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I then bought a spun molded 4 passenger and loved it until I had to sell it due to my heart and high blood pressure issues.
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I'm digging old school cinder block style hot tubs and would love one for the backyard. Anyone on here make one? Found a few old posts from Roundhouse etc. but then the sirch dead.

Whatchu got?
Plus my neighbour wants to use it
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Im a hot tub & hot spring junky.
We hit hot springs as often as we can traveling, and for years Ive wanted a soaking tub for myself.

A few years ago I built my 1-person soaking tub using a poly stock tank.

Simple PVC manifold & water heater element, and $30 sump pump for heating.
Also uses a chinese thermostat switch to regulate max temp (pump keeps running, but element will turn on and off as required to maintain temp)

Simple box built using scrap lumber laying around. Cedar fence boards that were ripped, into 2.5" strips, then rabbit cut into "shiplap" boards.
This prevents gaps when the cedar dries out (and shrinks). Lid was made using a baltic birch ply frame, FRP skin, and XPS foam insulation.

Finally, a simple seat, foot rest, and angled back rest were made using some scrap 1x12 trex

I use the thing at least 3 nights a week, especially in the winter.









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that is pretty damned awesome right there.
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Decent shape hot tubs show up for super cheap or free all the time on CL and FB once the owners get tired of banging in them.
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Decent shape hot tubs show up for super cheap or free all the time on CL and FB once the owners get tired of banging in them.

yup. Im here to learn about gas heating rather than electric. I'm on cheap NG. my elec. tub almost doubled my bill even after i insulated the f out of it.

I'll go pick up a free tub and plumb it for NG with a quickness (5-10 sceep years).
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I had a co-worker (older hippy lady) and she had an old wood hot tub with one of these:

https://www.woodwaterstoves.com/internal-heaters.html

she kept it lit all winter to keep the water from freezing and used the tub all winter long.
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yup. Im here to learn about gas heating rather than electric. I'm on cheap NG. my elec. tub almost doubled my bill even after i insulated the f out of it.

I'll go pick up a free tub and plumb it for NG with a quickness (5-10 sceep years).
Seems like a perfect application for a free NG water heater, on demand would be even better but seldom free. I've picked up a few power draft NG water heaters for various projects off of CL for free.
I've got a free hot tub back in Kansas laying on its side breeding mosquitos that Ive been meaning to get running on wood since 2009.
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Seems like a perfect application for a free NG water heater, on demand would be even better but seldom free. I've picked up a few power draft NG water heaters for various projects off of CL for free.
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Im a hot tub & hot spring junky.
We hit hot springs as often as we can traveling, and for years Ive wanted a soaking tub for myself.
You build some pretty cool stuff. Do you have any specifics? Specifically, specifics that could point a dumbass like me in the direction of how to build one myself. My wife was just mentioning at dinner how we need a hot tub and by george, you have put forth a viable option.
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I would love a hot tub, but adding a 4th 240V energy sucker is not something I am too jazzed about.
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@cj5.5 did something along these line I think
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I'm pretty sure there's a picture on here somewhere of somebody's wife in a bathtub over an open fire. That what you want? Serch!

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Here is what my search came up with

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gene...dutch-tub.html

https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/tow-...r2-0-a-24.html

and it looks like CJ5.5 built one and posted in the random stuff you made thread, but the pics are gone
https://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/gene...u-made-15.html
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ive heard if you get 7 years out of hot tub you doing good
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Im a hot tub & hot spring junky.
We hit hot springs as often as we can traveling, and for years Ive wanted a soaking tub for myself.

A few years ago I built my 1-person soaking tub using a poly stock tank.

Simple PVC manifold & water heater element, and $30 sump pump for heating.
Also uses a chinese thermostat switch to regulate max temp (pump keeps running, but element will turn on and off as required to maintain temp)

Simple box built using scrap lumber laying around. Cedar fence boards that were ripped, into 2.5" strips, then rabbit cut into "shiplap" boards.
This prevents gaps when the cedar dries out (and shrinks). Lid was made using a baltic birch ply frame, FRP skin, and XPS foam insulation.

Finally, a simple seat, foot rest, and angled back rest were made using some scrap 1x12 trex

I use the thing at least 3 nights a week, especially in the winter.









Thanks for adding another project to my list.
That looks great and is simple
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no problem

It is simple.

Did I mention it runs 100% on nothing more than a 15A 120V circuit?
And once up to temp (takes 8-10 hours initially), takes just an hour or two in the evening to warm all the way back up to 102 degrees.
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Whomever told you that is an idiot

Especially considering that almost all major brands warranty the shell for life and the equipment for 10 years
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