hot tubs?

abrockcaabrockca Solar Expert Posts: 72 ✭✭✭✭
Here's a long shot - anyone know a way to do a hot tub?

One site I read says the energy-efficient ones use 5 to 7 KwH a day, which isn't in our energy budget.

We have a 1,000 watt portable generator; we also have a couple 6,000 watt generators. But wouldn't want to leave them on all the time, and seems like the most energy efficient ones have a 24 hour circulating pump.

Husband has a bad back ... .maybe we'll just get him a membership at the local spa instead. But thought I'd see if you all have any ideas!



  • icarusicarus Solar Expert Posts: 5,433 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: hot tubs?

    If you have access to wood, consider a Snorkel or Chofu wood fired tub arangement.

    We have a snorkel stove, bolted in a oval cow tank. We built a stryro foam box and cover for it. It takes 34F water, and in 4 hour it is 105F. Keeping it covered, the next day, with temps ner 0f the water stays above 80f, and get reheated in aboout an hour.

  • abrockcaabrockca Solar Expert Posts: 72 ✭✭✭✭
    Re: hot tubs?

    thanks; hadn't thought about wood-fired. We'll look in to them!

  • Dave AngeliniDave Angelini Solar Expert Posts: 6,028 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Re: hot tubs?

    As Tony said look at the Chofu site. They also have a propane version that we used when building our home. It is a different mentality the "soaking tub" and the use of hydrogen peroxide. It does work well, but if you need jets you will need power!
    "we go where power lines don't" Sierra Mountains near Mariposa/Yosemite CA
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