Not quite ready to take the plunge on an AlumiTubs wood-fired hot tub? We get it — a hot tub is an investment, so you want to be sure it will fit your life, your property, and all your tubbing needs.
We're here to help. Here are our five most commonly asked questions about owning an AlumiTubs, answered.
1. How Long Does It Take To Heat?
When you initially fill the tub from empty, it takes about 3 hours to heat, or 5 hours for the 6-8 person tub. There are a couple things that can influence this: 1. The quality of your wood and 2. The temperature of the water you're heating. Dry cedar burns exceptionally well, and will heat fast, making it a great fire starter for your tub. By getting it going quicker, you'll reduce heat time. Your heat time may also vary depending on the time of year. If you live in a colder climate, heating your tub from the first fill in the dead of winter may take longer - so fill it up, light the fire, enjoy your dinner and head back out when the dishes are done.
Once you've heated your tub, you can keep it at hot tubbing temperature with just an armful of wood a day. If you have plans to use it the next day, just put the lids on and the heat will maintain its temperature overnight!
2. How Well Is Heat Retained in Your AlumiTubs?
AlumiTubs are built with a marine-grade aluminum foundation for several reasons. One, is that its design provides for the ability to wrap the tub in insulation which is hidden beneath the cedar cladding. This provides unparalleled heat quality! You won't have to worry about achieving hot tubbing temperature, rather, it's about getting your water temperature just right. You might swear by 101 degrees as your ideal tubbing temperature while someone else opts for 102 on the dial, but because it's a wood-fired hot tub, you'll want to close the stove box lid and remove your lid a few degrees prior to your favourite temperature. This ensures your temperature is tolerable instead of too hot. It doesn't hurt to have a cold water hose nearby in case you let it heat up a little too much on your first fill!
If you live in a colder climate, keep the lids on your tub when it's not in use and you'll be sure to keep it at hot tubbing temperature when your toes need warming most! You can also pre-assemble your tub with a layer of insulation on the ground beneath the tub to provide it with additional insulation. This will offer you extra peace of mind that you'll never have to worry about heat loss in your wood fired hot tub.
3. How Do I Keep My Tub From Freezing?
Many of our North American customers live in cold climates, and because of this, they want to know whether they can leave water in their AlumiTubs year-round. You can, with the help of a trough heater (which requires electricity, so take note if you live off-grid), or you can drain your tub and refill it once you're ready to get back in. This prevents potential freezing, and if you refill from lake or ocean water, you won’t be wasting water in the process. Just be mindful that if you’re using chemicals to treat the water, they need to be neutralized before draining into a lake.
4. How Much Does It Cost To Ship An AlumiTubs?
Shipping costs vary depending on whether you're shipping directly to your property or the nearest depot for pick-up. We're working on a shipping page to help provide more visibility into average shipping costs for each region, so check back soon. Drop us an email in the meantime and we’ll work with our freight partners to find the best rate for you.
5. What Size of AlumiTubs Should I Get?
This is probably our most frequently asked question, and it depends on your personal preference and how cozy or spacious you want to be. We offer a regular size tub, suitable for 4-6 people, and a large tub that comfortably fits 6-8. They offer equal levels of heat retention — so if you're considering a smaller tub for that reason but prefer more room, there's no need to downsize. If you plan on using it with only a few people, the regular size tub is cozy, intimate and economical. If you have neighbours at the lake, you'll want the larger tub so you can host them all at your place.