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WOOD BURNING HOT TUB FAQs

HOT TUB SPECIFICATIONS

Our tub consists of the highest quality and most enduring materials possible: marine grade aluminum and Western red cedar. Both are 100% recyclable.

The removable loungers are also crafted from cedar, infusing the water with a gentle fragrance. Go deeper on our materials here.

There are 3 insulating layers for heat retention, making our tub more efficient in trapping the warmth of the water. The aluminum shell is wrapped in reflective insulation to stop radiant heat loss, and finished off with cedar, an excellent thermal insulator.

For additional heat retention, it's easy to add rigid insulation in the void under the tub; and on top of the water underneath the cover (when not in use).

Yes. We include a black weather-resistant fabric cover with your tub purchase.

The footprint of the tub is 94” x 38” and 27” high. The weight with water and 2 adults is ~3000lbs.

It comfortably accommodates 2 adults, and 2-3 children.

The tub is built in Canada from locally-sourced materials, crafted using a combination of computer-aided machinery as well as hand welding & finishing.

HEATING & ENVIRONMENT

Before starting the fire, ensure at least 1” of sand or fine gravel is lining the bottom of your stove box; and confirm the water is at the minimum fill line.

Light the fire with a small amount of dry paper and several pieces of thin kindling. As the fire grows, slowly add wood to fill the stovebox. Continually add wood until the tub water reaches your desired temperature.

Use seasoned (dry) local firewood or found wood, split into 1-3” dia logs. Please don't burn waste, debris, or construction material.

On average it takes 90 minutes for the Goodland tub to heat up.

After starting the fire, adding a few pieces of wood frequently keeps the fire burning hotter than over-stuffing the stove. Be sure to stir the tub water often with your paddle as it heats up.

Built from marine grade aluminum, the stovebox is submerged in the bathing water and is safe to touch. The fire inside the stovebox heats the water directly around it through conduction and convection.

At this time we don't offer other heating options. Please join the mailing list to be the first to know when we release alternate heating solutions. An alternative is to fill the tub with a domestic hot water system, just like a bathtub.

Yes—to begin with, it's more environmentally friendly than an electric tub which requires considerable amounts of energy and are often not made from eco-friendly materials. We believe wood burning to be the cleanest and most environmentally sustainable way to heat water.

To lessen your strain on the environment when using our tub, we recommend choosing fallen wood for your fire, not changing the water more than you need to, and using tub water in your garden. To ensure an efficient, clean burning (no smoke) fire, clean your firebox out often and allow a growing fire plenty of air.

Water & treatment

It takes around 1000 litres of water. Consider it a XXL bathtub.

You may use either type of water depending on your location and preferences. The marine grade aluminum won't rust and the cedar won't rot.

The tub includes a drain hose which can be positioned on the side that works best for your site. During tub assembly you'll see knockouts on all 4 sides of the base. Remove the knockout on your preferred side to run the drain hose through. Alternatively, the hose can be dropped through a deck or platform if you're placing the tub above ground.

Yes! Feel free to use any bathing products during your soak. Depending on the type of bath product, we recommend draining that water after use and cleaning the tub to ensure there's no residue.

The tub only takes about 35 minutes to fill, and 10 minutes to drain.

Untreated water (no chemicals) will last for 1-2 weeks of daily use. Refresh and recycle your water after this time. Used tub water is considered 'grey water' and may be recycled depending upon your location and applicable bylaws.

Since aluminum is very hygienic, you don't need to treat the water. Our tub's water returns to ambient temperature when not in use, which doesn't allow harmful bacteria to thrive as they do in always-warm hot tubs. The use of safer alternatives like bromine or hydrogen peroxide, can prolong the life of your tub water to 3 weeks of daily use.

Assembly & Setup

We deliver almost everywhere! See our shipping & freight page for more details.

Once you have the tub in the desired location, the setup time is a quick ~10 minutes. Once you insert the cedar loungers and stovebox, you can start filling the tub.

When empty, the tub can easily be moved or repositioned at any time by 2 people. If needed, remove the exterior wood slats to lighten the load.

Tub setup requires 2 people to move it; 1 to assemble.

The tub arrives in a few components which simply anchor to the main tub with pins. The exterior wood planks fit snugly into place around the tub.

Curbside at your residence or business. Learn more on our shipping page.

No, it doesn't require installers! Our tub is simple and intuitive to assemble by yourself.

Cleaning & Maintenance

Compared to plastic-lined or wood hot tubs, the Goodland tub requires minimal maintenance.

When empty, wipe down the aluminum with a natural cleaner like lemon or vinegar. Lightly scrub the sidewalls and cedar loungers as needed. The stove box should be emptied of ash after each use. The tub exterior may be hosed off if needed.

Cedar (and aluminum) both have high resistance to weathering and don't require any treatment. The cedar is unfinished, and will naturally age to a handsome silvery-grey.

Safety

Our tub features a heat-resistant lid and chimney stack, though during times of rapid heating these can heat up and will be quite warm to the touch. Please take caution as with any other wood-burning device.

We recommend the chimney stack be a minimum of 10’ away from any wooden structure, or grasses.

Absolutely. Wood is a beautiful natural material and our tubs look great on a wooden deck.

This is not recommended, unless there is calculated sufficient air exchange.

Submerged wood-burning stoves are very safe and are often considered to be similar to indoor fireplaces. Please consult with local regulations before using it in a dense area.

It's possible, though we haven't had any in our testing. As this is a wood burning device, the wrong kind of wood, starving the fire of air or burning paper or waste can create embers or sparks that may carry.

SITE PREPARATION

Place your tub on any type of ground as long as it's near level and has reasonably good drainage. We find concrete, pavers, gravel, wood chips, decking, and grass, to be the best choices.

No, simply run a hose to the tub for filling; and ensure the drainage hose has somewhere to drain.

WEATHER

Yes it's a Canadian tub—enjoy it in the snow! We've chosen premium materials that are tough, and will last forever.

Our design features 3 insulating layers: aluminum, reflective insulation, and cedar. For more heat retention, add rigid foam in the base of the tub and float some on top of the water underneath the cover when not in use.

If the temperature drops well below freezing, we recommend draining the tub after use to prevent water from freezing (until further testing by Goodland). If you'd like to keep water in the tub, use the drain plug to keep water from freezing inside the drain assembly as we expect this is the most sensitive part to freezing.

The tub may be used in any weather. In the summer, you may choose to soak in the evenings or not to heat the tub at all. Add cold water to transform it into a plunge pool, or move the tub to a shady location for a cooler soak.

ACCOMMODATION OR COMMERCIAL USE

Yes, this tub is designed for high use. It's crafted with hardwearing materials that will stand the test of time as well as high traffic locations. The aluminum resists wear, and requires little maintenance.

Certainly having a wood-fired hot tub is a smart way to attract guests with a unique, memorable experience. Read more about why Goodland Wood Burning Hot Tubs are great for short term rentals in our Resources section.

We make it easy by including a user-friendly guide. The Goodland tub comes complete with an aluminum instruction plate to attach to the tub for use at short term rentals and Airbnbs.

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