You've put down a deposit and are eagerly anticipating the delivery of your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub. Now what?
Our tubs are thoughtfully made and built by hand using locally-sourced materials right here on the Sunshine Coast of Canada. We're a small company shipping hundreds of tubs across North America each year, and while we've been growing fast, unfortunately our shop space is limited and our wait times have grown too.
This just gives you plenty of time to choose the perfect spot for soaking— and trust us when we say the time goes by quick. To make sure you're ready to assemble and enjoy your tub right from delivery day onwards, here are our tips to preparing your backyard or property:
Tip # 1: Consider How You'll Use Your Hot Tub
Do you envision your AlumiTubs in your backyard for post-work stress relief or at the cabin while you're on a well-deserved vacation? By the ocean so you can fill it with saltwater or in the corner of the garden where you can install an outdoor cold shower? Giving some thought to how and where you plan to use your tub will go a long way in helping you to select the best site for your AlumiTub.
Tip # 2: Select an Appropriate Site
Your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub weighs in at a mere 200 pounds without water but when filled could be over 6,000 pounds. You'll want to select a site that can support the weight of the tub, the water and whoever you're sharing it with.
- Your ideal spot should be: Level, smooth, with good drainage, and solid and secure to support that kind of weight.
- If you plan to use it on your deck: Make sure you have a level and full supporting surface. Your deck must be able to support a minimum of 5,000 pounds for a 6' tub, and 7,000 pounds for a 7' tub.
- Have a pressure treated deck? Keep in mind that your AlumiTubs can't be placed directly on a pressure treated deck due to a damaging reaction that occurs between the aluminum and the copper component of the wood. You'll need to create a barrier between the two surfaces. Our owner's manual has suggestions on how to do this and for what to use.
- Skip crushed gravel surfaces: If you're placing on crushed gravel, it could damage the bottom of your AlumiTubs. Make sure to create a barrier between the aluminum floor of your tub and your site to avoid denting your tub.
- Positioning your chimney: Make sure your chimney has enough open space so you're not creating any fire hazards and your spot is free from power lines overhead.
- Access to water and drainage: You'll also want to ensure there's good access to a water source for filling your tub and a drain for emptying it out.
- Doesn't block necessary utilities: The site you chose shouldn't block access to your septic tank, sewer lines or other necessary utilities.
Tip # 3: Make a Plan for Delivery
Unlike traditional cedar or electric tubs, our lightweight, portable and pre-assembled tubs are a breeze to move and set up, which makes them especially ideal for off-grid cabin owners, renters, and resort owners.
Whether you're towing it to your boat-access only cabin, or helicoptering it to a remote site, how you get your AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub to its spot is just as important. You'll want to make sure you have a pick up truck trailer to tow it, a boat that will accommodate its size, ratchet straps, and 2x6's with cleats if you're transporting it by truck. Make sure your tub can fit around corners and through any entry points, and that you have a clear path free of any overgrown branches, large rocks (those will dent the bottom of your tub), and any branches or roots that may be blocking your path.
Tip # 4: Use the Wait Time to Build Out Your Dream Space
While they're waiting for their tubs, most of our customers use that time to add extra details to their hot tub sites, taking their spaces from just a nice place to soak, to a place where time stands still.
Here are a few suggestions to creating your dream hot tub space:
- Build a privacy screen using decking, lattices or foliage
- Create steps out of decking or using cedar rounds or easier access in and out of your tub
- Prepare decking if you plan on inserting your tub flush with your deck or are adding a wrap-around
- Make an outdoor towel rack as a weekend project
- Install an outdoor cold shower or tub
- Add lights, chairs, a hammock and other touches to your tub
Tip # 5: Assemble According to Instructions
Roll your AlumiTubs into its desired spot. Unpack the cedar slats, stainless steel bands and other components. Install the tub using our instructions in your owner's manual. Fit the chimney into its sleeve and on top of the stove. Check your connections to make sure the fit is snug and secure. Put the stove lid on top of the stove and hang your thermometer from the protective cedar fence.
Tip # 6: Soak and Enjoy
You're now the proud owner of an AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub and the envy of your friends and neighbours.
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