If you enjoy a hot bath while drinking a cold one after work or have a weekend house you might even occasionally rent out, then a wooden hot tub just might be the smartest investment you can make to increase your property value and to get something enjoyable out of it at the same time.
Hot tubs come in many shapes and sizes but some things don`t change. You need to fill them up with water somehow, heat it and evacuate the used water. You can opt to install a tap in the tub, which takes care of the problem of accidentally overheated water as well. If not a simple garden hose will do.
Heating the water is done most commonly with either a wood fired hot tub stove, natural gas or electric. Which heating method is best suited for you depends on the concrete circumstances. If you have the chance in my opinion you should definitely go for wood fired. There is something special sitting outside in the hot water with the wind bringing by the smell of burning wood every now and again.
Where to evacuate the water depends on whether or not you have a water filtration system connected. If not, then you will only need to install a simple tap on the bottom and let the water run out onto your lawn, flowers or whatever. However if you have a small filtration system connected to your wooden hot tub, then you need to use a bit of chlorine and anti algae to help maintain the water quality. This makes it unhealthy for plants. In this case either you need to connect a hose to the bottom evacuation tap and direct the water somewhere else, or have it connected by a pipe directly to the sewer system.
There are filtration systems out there that support salt water as well. Going that way has it`s own health benefits, especially for skin problems and muscle and joint pains. You can use a cheap manual quality tester to keep track of water quality in your tub. Acting upon the measurements you are going to be able to add Ph+/- to get the level to 7.4. Chlorine levels are supposed to stay around 2 parts/ million. Finally if needed you can add anti algae to the water as well.
Some hot tubs are pure wood on the inside, but you can opt for stainless steel, fiber glass or even mosaic finishes. Speaking out of experience, a nice extra you can also think about investing in is hydro massage.
Mostly two types of timber are used to make hot tubs, pine and oak. The latter is more expensive due to it`s superior durability.
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