How We Built a DIY Wood-Fired Hot Tub from Cedar (With Instructions)


We are a young couple that left our previous lives behind to build an off grid homestead deep in the Idaho mountains. In ten months we have accomplished so much, from building an off grid cabin, starting a garden, and making our own lumber.

But one big project we haven't started yet is building our house. In a strange twist of priorities, we built a wood-fired hot tub first (click here to see our step-by-step instructions).

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If you think we're crazy, then read on. This was actually a well thought out decision on our part that we couldn't be happier with.

Building a house is going to be an enormous amount of work. It's going to be physically and mentally taxing and will demand lots of skills that we haven't learned yet.

Before we started such a daunting project we wanted to build something to get our confidence up — something that could help make our house-building process a little more enjoyable. And if we can save money by avoiding the chiropractor, all the better! We decided that building a wood-fired cedar hot tub from scratch would be the perfect project.

7/14/2017 1:18:07 PM

Wow Lilly, sometimes(most the time) we don't always have all the information about a given situation and may not fully understand every aspect of why a decision is made. When you call a decision someone made idiotic with a limited understanding of a situation, in my opinion makes you sound ignorant. Now to explain why that may work for someone. I believe sustainable living is about reducing and elimating waste. One way we can do that is by getting multiple uses out of something. In this situation once the water quality was no longer acceptable for soaking, you could the water for your trees. Water is also something that is an issue some places and not at all in others. So yes here in CA a hot tub may be difficult to justify, but maybe not in Oregon? Another thing to take into account is, we are humans and certain creature comforts make life worth living. If you get too crazy about only doing things with a practical application you can loose your will to continue a journey. If that journey is something like living off grid, maybe it's worth a few wasted gallons of water, if the good outweighs negative.

6/24/2016 11:27:12 AM

Im confused. Living off the grid i have read articles talking about how important water is to many. I find building a hot tub off grid to not make any sense whatsoever. I live in Oregon and we have had our share of forest fires. I know last year Idaho was the same. Many of my friends over there talk about how they had to conserve water for more precious things such as saving their gardens and watering t heir livestock. Building a hot tub and filling it with water for off grid use is the most "idiotic" thing I have ever heard of. Im curious as to how these people get their water...Im assuming their waste of it they have a well that produces alot....thats the only way i could see even justifying this waste of a resource.... sorry

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