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Build a wood-fired hot tub for $75

Filed Under: wood working, entertaining

Hot tubs are great in wintertime. All that holiday stress and running around can be melted away within about half an hour of sitting in all those comforting bubbles. But, the thing is, hot tubs are expensive -- very expensive. Newer models (which can start quite small in size) begin in the range of $2,000 and go up to $10,000. That's a lot of green to relax.

What if you could build a functional hot tub for about $75? Even though it won't win any popularity contests for good looks, this homebrew hot tub uses convection heating and a hollowed-out liquefied petroleum gas tank along with some corrugated iron to get those bubbles bubbling.

And now, the obligatory disclaimer: try this at your own risk, please. It appears that no electricity or motor is used in this hot tub, so no danger of electrical malfunction. But bare flesh and corrugated iron? Yikes -- be careful.


  • veloboy

    Actually the tub is lined with plastic - it's a bulk liquids tank (I forgot to mention it in the vid) and the lip is bent over the iron so it's out of harms way. I've actually made a wooden rim for it now so it's even better.
    Check out the instructable too:

  • Allyson Kelly

    how do you get in it? A ladder? Thanks.... I will try to convince my smart husband to consider this great , cheap idea!

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