How Do Wood Fired Hot Tubs Work?

By Adam


Are you new to the wood fired hot tub life? Maybe you have just used one for the first time and wonder how well they perform?

Or have you been considering purchasing one for your own home? Today, we will be taking a look at some of the most asked questions surrounding wood fired hot tubs.

Are wood fired hot tubs worth it?

There are so many advantages to using a wood fired hot tub. Many of these advantages outweigh the electric hot tub by a milestone.

You may be wondering what benefits there are of wood fired hot tubs? We are going to run through the best things about them right now.

The top feature of a wood fired hot tub is the fact that you do not need any electricity to run it. All you need to do is burn wood to heat the water. This not only is a better option for the environment but it also saves you a lot of money.

Another amazing advantage of using a wood fired hot tub is that there are no harsh chemicals needed. If you have used an electric hot tub before, then you will know the chemicals that are added to the water to keep it clean during use.

Wood fired hot tubs use regular water and that is all. This reduces any harm to your skin and hair when compared to an electric hot tub.

Are there bubbles in wood fired hot tubs?

You may be used to electric hot tubs having jets that massage your body and create bubbles as you relax. Wood fired hot tubs do not produce any bubbles. This is because there is no need for air to be drawn into the hot tub.

The hot tube gets warm thanks to the fire created. It is purely a relaxation tool that you can find inner peace with. The good thing about not having bubbles is that the experience is a lot quieter. You can really become one with nature whilst using a wood fired hot tub.

If you are someone who prefers bubbles and jets in hot tubs that massage and relieve tension in your body, we could have the solution. There was a gap on the market when people began reviewing wood fired hot tubs and comparing them to electric models.

With that being said, companies started to manufacture wood fired hot tubs with a bubble system accessory.

Do you need chemicals to run a wood fired hot tub?

One attractive thing about wood fired hot tubs is the no need for chemicals. Harsh chemicals are usually placed into the water of electric hot tubs to purify the water and keep it clean.

However, when these types of chemicals are added to water, they can be quite harmful to the hair and skin of the people who use them. Usually, these chemicals can strip away natural oils and make hair and skin feel dry and itchy.

Thankfully, all you need to run a wood fired hot tub is normal water with no additives to it. There are some advised cleaning techniques to carry out to maintain the hot tub though.

These include removing any dirt or debris from the water after and before use. This will reduce the slippery surface that is sometimes formed if not cleaned properly.

Another thing that is common practice is to empty the hot tub regularly and scrub the inside before refilling with water. You can do this by using a soft brush and dish soap.

Once you have scrubbed the whole of the wood fired hot tub, give it a quick rinse, and then you will be fine to refill ready for its next use.

How long does it take to heat a wood fired hot tub?

The advantages of wood fired hot tubs just keep coming, don’t they? Wood fired hot tubs only take 2 to 3 hours to heat. If you are unsure how this compares to electric hot tubs, they can take up to 15 hours to heat fully. Think of all that power being used up!

Depending on the weather conditions, your wood fired hot tub may heat up faster or slower. For example, if it is a hot day, your tub will reach the desired temperature of 38 degrees Celsius much quicker than on a cold day.

If you feel as if you need to adjust the temperature of your wood fired hot tub, you can do this by adding more logs to your fire and the air supply to the heater. If you need to reduce the temperature of your wood fired hot tub in a hurry, just add cold water from your hosepipe.

A quick tip that we have to share is to never leave your fire burning if the hot tub is empty or not completely filled. You should fill your wood fired hot tub until it reaches a minimum of 5cm above the connection pipes of the stove.

If you do not fill your tub and keep the stove lit, you could face problems such as the melting of the stove. Only empty your tub once there are absolutely no hot embers left on the stove.

How long do wood fired hot tubs last?

A well-maintained wood fired hot tub will last you a minimum of 30 years. To keep up with your tub’s maintenance work, treat it once to twice a year with linseed oil and a woof protection agent on the exterior of the tub.

Also, ensure to clean it regularly internally with a soft brush and soap. This could increase your tub’s life by a further 10-15 years so it is well worth doing. They are a fantastic investment.

How to work a wood fired hot tub?

To prepare your hot tub for use, you will first want to fill it. Whilst the hot tub is filling up with water, step off to the side and begin to prepare your firewood. Make sure you have a range of different sized logs.

Now, you can empty the old ash from your stove. It will take around an hour to fill your hot tub with water. So, once it is full, you are ready to start the fire. Use kindling to get the fire going on the stove. The fire will take around 2 to 3 hours to heat the water.

Once your tub has reached 38 degrees Celsius, it is ready for use. All you have to do then is to maintain the heat throughout use by adding firewood when desired.

How to work a dutch tub?

Similar to a wood fired hot tub, you will start by filling the tub with water. Then you will want to attach the convection unit to the side of the Dutch tub.

Start a fire in this unit by using three to four logs. It will take around 2 hours to heat up to 38 degrees Celsius.

Once the water is fully heated, you will need to treat the water with soap, hydrogen peroxide, and natural salts. Now, you can jump in and relax with up to four adults.