How does shipping work?
We build each of our wood fired hot tubs by hand on the Sunshine Coast, BC Canada. We have 20 years of experience building wood fired hot tubs for customers on and off the map across Canada and the US. 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, or view this video to learn how your tub will arrive.
Send us your post/zip code and we'll find you a rate from our shipping partners. Rates range depending on location. We don't mark up our shipping - you'll be charged exactly what it costs to get it there.
Each tub is built to order and handcrafted to last a lifetime. Due to higher demand than we can meet, we're currently booking into 2023 with reservations quickly filling up for the remainder of that year. We're working to scale production during this time and may be able to ship tubs sooner than the date provided (never later). Reserve your tub for our next shipping date by placing a deposit. You can checkout with your deposit here.
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. Check out this video to learn how to receive your tub.
We ship our hot tubs everywhere across North America. They can be delivered directly to your property or picked up from a freight centre in any standard size truck (the Large hot tub requires a minimum 6'-4' box). Check out this video to see how it works. 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 to secure our next shipping date and today's pricing, or pay for your order in full now. Whichever option you choose, we'll contact you to secure your shipment date. If you place a deposit, it will be applied to your order with the balance owing a week before your tub is shipped. You can also ask us a question first or have us place your order for you.
Can I customize my wood burning hot tub?
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 where dual fuel and filtration can come in handy. If you want the option to have dual fuel like propane / natural gas, solar or filtration, let us know by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
AlumiTubs aren't your average cedar hot tub. Our wood fired hot tubs are intentionally designed for the functions cabin owners need. With an aluminum interior and cedar exterior, AlumiTubs have all the beautiful properties of traditional wood fired hot tubs with the enduring benefits of marine grade aluminum foundation. This 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. Unlike plastic foundations, AlumiTubs are 100% recyclable, hygienic and will never need replacing. And unlike stainless steel, AlumiTubs are lightweight for off-grid commutes and portability.
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. AlumiTubs wood fired hot tubs have 3 layers of insulating properties and an internal woodstove to create unparalleled heat properties for all season use, (even in -35 degrees it'll stay hot at 110 degrees) that's safely submerged under water, fenced off for added protection, and safe to touch under water. Wood fired hot tubs with externally located fireboxes are neither as safe (risk of burning), nor are they as heat effective. Check out this video to learn why we're the leading wood fired hot tub manufacturer in North America.
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. With three layers of insulating materials, you'll never be cold in an AlumiTub! Our tubs are built with premium local materials that are 100% recyclable and 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 or backyard. 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 foundation, 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, keep debris out of the tub and to protect unsupervised children or pets 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. Learn more about AlumiTubs in this video.
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, keeping bacterial growth at bay. They can also be used with salt water or treated with natural solutions. Check out our video on how to clean your wood fired hot tub, or read our Water Use Tips guide.
Check out this video to learn how to keep your AlumiTub Wood Fired Hot Tub clean, or read this Water Use Tips guide. You can use salt or fresh water, and even soak chemical-free by changing the water every few weeks. Owners can safely use a bromine or hydrogen peroxide solution to avoid changing the water as frequently. If using bromine, be sure to dilute it in a bucket of water first and never use a bromine puck, or it can cause damage to the aluminum foundation of the tub.
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. Check out this video to learn how to use an AlumiTubs Wood Fired Hot Tub.
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. Checkout this video to see how an AlumiTubs Wood Fired Hot Tub works!
With new water it'll take 2-4 hours for the Standard tub to heat to hot tubbing temperature (usually 102-108), and 3-5 hours for the Large 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 will hold its temperature with just a few small pieces of wood a day. With the use of our lids, the tub can hold its temperature for 3-5 days at a time.
How many people fit in an AlumiTub?
The Stanard tub is intended for up to 5 people and the Large tub is intended for 6-8 people. Exceeding intended occupancy is not recommended for safe and enjoyable use.
The Standard size 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 Large 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. Check out this video with tips on how to set up your wood fired hot tub. For decks and patios the structure must be able to support 5000 lbs for the Standard hot tub and 6500 lbs for the Large. A barrier (such as rigid insulation) should be used between the aluminum hot tub and pressure treated wood or crushed gravel. Many wood fired hot tub owners use this anyway for additional insulation. The chimney must have a minimum 10ft clearance from any object. Request our manual for more details.
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. This is highly dependent on your local regulations, and as such it's important that you confirm with your local fire department. Sparks from the chimney can still cause a fire hazard, so if the level of fire ban prohibits the use of any wood burning, do not light a fire of any kind. Use an alternative heating method like propane, natural gas or solar energy to heat your tub instead. 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 foundation onto a flat surface. 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. Check out this video to see how to transport your AlumiTubs Wood Fired Hot Tub.
Where are AlumiTubs made?
Every piece of AlumiTubs are handmade in Sechelt, located on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada. We source our premium materials locally from within the community and ship wood fired hot tubs across North America. Learn more about AlumiTubs, how they're made and our use of quality materials in this video.
What kind of wood should I use in my wood burning hot tub?
Use any dry wood that has good heating properties. Wet wood will affect the heat quality. Do not burn pressure treated lumber, wood with nails or place anything like magazines or plastics in your wood fired hot tub stove.
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. Check out this video to learn how to clean your AlumiTubs Wood Fired Hot 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 due to its proximity to the very hot chimney that sits above water, 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 in and around the hot tub. 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 from 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 people on your property coming into contact with the chimney, there's custom chimney options that are 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. There's several ways to simplify the experience for guest use, such as connecting the tub to propane or natural gas, filtration or use a sump pump for easy drainage. It can be used with or without chemical water treatments, salt or fresh water. If guests are using your tub be sure they know how to use it safely, and ensure they know to fill the tub with water before lighting the firebox, or it will damage the stove and can cause combustion.
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?
Our wood fired hot tubs aren't just for off-grid properties. They're also an excellent and more economical option for use at home. Check with your local fire authority before purchasing to be sure. 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. You also have the option to have your tub made with alternative heat sources like natural gas and propane, as well as filtration solutions.