How does shipping work?
We build each of our wood fired hot tubs by hand on the Sunshine Coast, BC Canada. We have 18 years of experience shipping to customers on and off the map across Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Your tub will ship the day after it's built. Within Canada your tub will arrive 2-7 days later, and 5-10 days later in the US. Have a remote property? Check out our gallery to see tubs in transit.
Delivery to the Sunshine Coast and our pickup spot on the lower mainland are free. Send us your post/zip code and we'll find you a rate from our shipping partners. Rates generally range from $200-$400 on average, and can be more depending on location. We don't mark up our shipping - you'll be charged exactly what it costs to get it there.
If your tub is shipped to a depot, you'll need to pick it up with a standard size pick up truck or a trailer. The tub will be forklifted for you, and when you arrive at your destination it can be rolled off your truck with 2x6's with cleats. The tubs are lightweight enough for 1-2 people to roll easily. It can be rolled onto a dock and into a boat, or rolled directly into its place at your property. AlumiTubs are preassembled, so you'll be soaking in it the same day it arrives.
We ship our hot tubs anywhere in the world. They can be picked up from a freight centre in any standard size truck (the 7ft hot tub requires a minimum 6'-4' box). All you need to bring with you are 2 long ratchet straps. Delivery is also available to rural locations. Contact us directly with your shipping address and we’ll get a freight rate to your region. Reserve your hot tub with a $500 deposit and we’ll secure your shipping date.
How do I order my wood fired hot tub?
You can checkout now with just a $500 deposit, or place your full order to get it out of the way. Whichever option you choose, we'll contact you to secure your preferred shipment date. We're currently booking tubs 2-8 weeks out, depending on the size you want. If you only pay your deposit now, it will be applied to your order balance which will be processed the business day before your tub is shipped. We'll contact you within 24 hours to organize shipping. You can also ask us a question first or have us place your order for you.
Can I customize my wood burning hot tub?
Every tub is built to order. We've perfected the design to meet the needs of cabin owners, but many home owners have also chosen an AlumiTub to have at their residence. They often want the option to have dual fuel like propane or natural gas, or filtration. We also get many customers each year who are replacing their wooden tubs from other suppliers, requesting our stove or aluminum lining. We can accommodate most requests.
While we love the pure ritual and simplicity of wood fired fuel, we know there's times you might want options. We can customize your hot tub to be compatible with alternative and dual heating sources such as propane and natural gas. Contact us for details.
We can make your tub compatible with an external heating or filtration package. Just let us know what you need before we build your tub.
What makes AlumiTubs better than other wooden / cedar tubs?
We designed our hot tubs with an aluminum interior and cedar exterior, so our customers will have all the beautiful properties of traditional wood fired hot tubs, but with the added benefit of a marine grade aluminum lining. This lining reduces the need for maintenance or chemical treatments, results in lifelong durability free of leaks, permits the use of salt or freshwater, and creates unparalleled heat retention.
Traditional cedar hot tubs require higher maintenance than AlumiTubs due to the growth of algae and bacteria, have shorter lifespans due to leakage caused by the cycle of swelling and drying of wood, and don't retain heat as efficiently as an AlumiTub. Our tubs have 3 layers of insulating properties and an internal woodstove that's safely submerged under water, fenced off for added protection, and safe to touch under water. Wood fired hot tubs with plastic liners are frequently chewed through by rodents, which isn't a problem with aluminum.
AlumiTubs are thoughtfully handcrafted with the functions owners need for effortless wood fired hot tubbing. They're lightweight, portable, pre-assembled, low-maintenance, can be used with fresh or salt water, easy to clean by simply wiping down the interior with soap and a soft cloth, can be used chemical-free, and they'll never leak. Our tubs are built with premium local materials that will last a lifetime. Each piece is meticulously built by hand, pressure tested for quality, and locally made and operated in Sechelt, BC Canada.
We use a marine-grade aluminum interior, taking the traditional wood burning hot tub and making it more durable, hygienic, and easy to maintain. The aluminum lining ensures your wood burning hot tub will never leak. Allows owners to enjoy their hot tub with salt or freshwater without the use of chemical treatments or filtration systems. Portable. Customers can enjoy their offgrid hot tub wherever their outdoor adventures take them - a cottage, cabin, lake house, winter chalet, campsite and back home again. A fully assembled product. Simply roll it into place. Unlike plastic liners, aluminum is a recyclable material. The aluminum lining allows for faster and more even heating with 3 layers of heat retention - the lining, insulation, and exterior cedar cladding. Unlike traditional wood fired hot tubs, an AlumiTub won't rot or leak and can be left filled or empty throughout any season.
The aluminum lining, submerged firebox, and additional insulation create better heat retention than any other wood burning hot tub. The submerged firebox creates more efficient heating than external wood fired hot tub stoves. Wood burning hot tubs are fuelled without electricity, making it the most economical and environmentally conscious option. All you need is wood and water! AlumiTubs are deeper and larger than other wood fired hot tubs, comfortably covering shoulders at 38 inches deep, and seating up to 8 adults. Everything you need to use your wood fired hot tub is included in the price - no add ons or upgrades are necessary; although we highly recommend purchasing a cedar lid to retain heat when not in use, and to protect unsupervised children on your property from falling in. Can be used with alternative heating methods like natural gas and propane. Made with 100% recyclable materials AlumiTubs are thoughtfully priced for affordable luxury - high in quality, low in price.
What are the benefits of a wood fired hot tub?
Wood fired fuel offers the most economical and eco-friendly hot tubbing experience. There’s no ongoing expense to operating and enjoying your hot tub because they don’t require electricity, complicated installation, the use of chemicals or ongoing maintenance.
The classic design offers a beautiful, timeless wood aesthetic to homes, cabins, chalets and cottages; and the best part - it can be enjoyed off grid in the outback, or at home on the patio. Unplug and unwind in nature’s luxury, enjoy the ritual of lighting a fire and listen to the wood crackling as you soak under the stars.
Why don't AlumiTubs require the use of water treatment chemicals?
AlumiTubs don’t require chemical cleaning treatments for light use. This is because unlike electrical hot tubs that are always on, your wood fired hot tub will return to ambient temperature when not in use, therefore preventing bacterial growth.
For weekend only use, the water should be changed every five or six weeks. For daily use, you can still soak chemical-free by changing the water every few weeks, or owners can safely use a bromine or hydrogen peroxide solution to avoid changing the water. If using bromine, be sure to dilute it in a bucket of water first and never use a bromine puck.
No, the water will remain clean with salt water. Infrequent water changes will still be required based on your family's level of use. Most of our customers change and refill their salt water tub after 7-10 days.
How do wood fired hot tubs work?
There’s nothing complicated about a wood fired hot tub. If you know how to make a fire, you know how to use a wood fired hot tub. All you need is water and wood.
Fill the tub with water and light the fire. Wait for the water to heat (2-4 hours depending on ambient temperature and starting temperature of the water). Stop adding wood once the water reaches 90 degrees, the water will come up to desired hot tubbing temperature of 102-104 on its own. The stove lid acts as a damper to control the stoking of the fire / controls airflow to the fire. Maintain its heat by adding a piece of wood every couple hours. When you’re done using the hot tub, just stop adding wood and the temperature will slowly drop on its own as the fire diminishes. Or if you want to keep the temperature high, cover it with the cedar lid and add a piece of wood every few hours.
With new water it'll take 2-4 hours for the 4-5 person hot tub and 3-5 hours for the 6-8 person hot tub to heat. Your hot tub will heat more quickly in the summer months when the water and ambient temperature are warmer. Once the water has been heated to hot tubbing temperature, the triple insulated AlumiTub can hold its temperature of 102-108 degrees with just a few small pieces of wood a day. With the use of a cedar lid (available for $375), it can hold its temperature for 3-5 days.
How many people fit in an AlumiTub?
The 6ft tub is intended for 4-5 people and the 7ft tub is intended for 6-8 people. Exceeding intended occupancy is not recommended for safe and enjoyable use.
The 4 to 5 person wood fired hot tub is 6ft in diameter and 38 inches deep (comfortably covering adult shoulders). The hot tub holds 450 gallons of water. When the hot tub is full it weighs 4500 lbs.
The 5 to 8 person wood fired hot tub is 7ft in diameter and 38 inches deep. The tub holds 650 gallons of water. When the hot tub is full it weighs 6500 lbs.
What type of structure can I put an AlumiTub on?
Any level surface; the ground, a concrete or gravel pad, a deck or patio. For decks and patios the structure must be able to support 4500lbs for the 4-5 person hot tub and 6000lbs for the 6-8 person hot tub. A barrier (such as rigid insulation) should be used between the aluminum hot tub and pressure treated wood. Many wood fired hot tub owners use this anyway for additional insulation. The chimney must have a minimum 10ft clearance from any object.
Can I use a wood fired hot tub during a fire ban?
AlumiTubs are made with an enclosed and submerged firebox, which differs from what most fire regulations consider an open flame or campfire. This usually means that when open flame fires are banned, hot tub use will still be permissible. However, you should always check your local and provincial/state fire regulations. If in doubt, feel free to ask your local fire Marshall to contact us with any questions about the product so they can provide you with information specific to your local regulations.
If the level of fire ban prohibits the use of any wood burning, you can use an alternative heating method like propane or natural gas. Contact us to request this compatibility for your AlumiTub.
How do I take my wood fired hot tub off-grid?
AlumiTubs can be taken anywhere and are 100% portable. Simply roll the aluminum liner onto a flat surface of your choosing. If you’re relocating your tub, just take off the wood slats and remove the chimney, turn the tub on its side and roll it like a wheel to its destination. The tub is lightweight (220lbs), making it a product you can take with you to the cabin, cottage, lake house, winter chalet, or even camping.
Where are AlumiTubs made?
Every piece of the AlumiTub is handmade in Sechelt located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. We use only premium and locally sourced materials, and we ship to most countries.
What kind of wood should I use in my wood burning hot tub?
Use any dry wood that has good heating properties. Do not burn pressure treated lumber.
How do you clean an AlumiTub?
Wipe it down with a soft cloth. If further cleaning is necessary use 1:1 water and vinegar or a mild soap. Never use abrasive cleaners or scrub the tub.
What makes an internal wood fired hot tub heater better than an external (chofu) heater?
AlumiTubs use an internal wood fired, submerged hot tub stove design because it offers unparalleled heat quality. The wood burning stove is fully immersed in the water, ensuring there’s no energy loss as the heat is transferred directly to the water. This offers a quicker heating time that’s more efficient with longer lasting temperature retention. It’s also safer to use than external chofu heaters because the stove does not pose a risk of burns. The heater is the same temperature as the water, whereas external stoves become very hot and can be accidentally bumped into.
The submerged portion of the firebox does not get hot enough to cause bodily harm but is best avoided and is therefore protected with a cedar fence. The upper portion of the chimney is extremely hot and should never be touched. The chimney sits on top of the stove and therefore caution is required. The chimney is positioned behind the protective fence, however the top 2/3rds of the chimney are exposed and therefore caution is required. Do not exceed seating capacity for safety purposes.
The stove is not hot to touch under water and the fence offers additional protection. The top of the stove and chimney that aren't submerged should not be touched. The tub is designed with a protective fence to ensure no exposure to hot surfaces from within the tub, and unlike external fireboxes, they're safely kept inside the tub and out of reach. If exposure to these surfaces is a concern, additional measures should be taken to avoid them. We can recommend an upgraded chimney that's double walled and cool to touch. Ask us for details.
Internally submerged fireboxes are safer because they're cool to touch underwater, and they can't be tripped over or fallen on outside of the hot tub. There's a safety fence for extra preventative measure because the chimney is hot to touch. If you're concerned about coming into contact with the chimney there's also custom chimney options so that it too would be cool to touch.
Are AlumiTubs a good option for my BnB?
We've sold tubs to many customers with short term accommodations as well as many resorts. Having a wood fired hot tub at your remote or rural property is a great way to attract guests, and it's low maintenance enough for you to manage it with ease.
How can I see the tub in person?
As a manufacturer, we don't have a retail location but we can arrange to host you in our shop. We also recommend staying with one of our resort customers, or asking your neighbours at the lake if they know someone with our wood fired hot tub. With AlumiTubs being the leading manufacturer of wood fired hot tubs, there's probably one near your property. We also have an owners facebook group you can check out, and a gallery of photo's submitted by hundreds of our customers over the years.
Can I use my wood fired hot tub at home?
Usually, yes. The firebox is submerged and therefore it isn't regarded as an open fire. It's typically considered the same as an in-home wood stove, a patio fireplace or a bbq, but check with your local fire authority before purchasing for at-home only use. Check out the gallery to see how our customers have used their wood fired hot tub at home, the cabin, beach, log home, winter chalet, campsite and more.