Depending on the size of your hot tub and the above-described heating method, allow three to four hours to reach a water temperature of 105° F in your wood fired hot tubs. While a larger tub that is two to three times the size will, surprise, take up to three times longer to heat, a smaller tub that is 350 gallons may take as little as 2.5 hours.
A typical electric tub is probably a better choice if you’re searching for a quick and simple soaking solution (many cedar hot tub manufacturers, as shown below, also offer electric iterations). A wood-fired tub is for you if you appreciate the effort of starting a fire and maintaining it while looking forward to the eventual bath. In other words, it’s about “the process.”
A soaking tub known as a “wood-fired hot tub” employs a wood-burning stove rather than an electric heater to heat either fresh or saltwater. They are often made of cedar wood and have a barrel or circular shape, though they can also be rectangular. The traditional Japanese ofuros, which were deep soaking tubs made of hinoki cypress wood and intended to be a place of profound spiritual, mental, and physical rejuvenation that cleansed more than just your pores, served as the model for the modern American version that we know today. The wood-fueled hot tub is a calm and fragrant experience because it has no power, jets, or lights.
A traditional wood-fired hot tub is constructed using a barrel-and-hoop construction, which involves carefully packing vertical cedar staves together to form a barrel shape and fastening them with stainless steel hoops. Modern forms that allow more space to stretch out include the rectangular Good-land hot tub. In any case, wood-fired hot tubs may last up to 20 years with some basic maintenance and a naturally resilient material like cedar, making them a much more environmentally friendly choice than their acrylic counterpart.