Hmm, not sure about this one

Put together this cedar stave hot tub and built the deck and stairs for a couple over the Christmas season.  Tub comes in a half dozen boxes and you have to assemble it like a barrel, which I guess it sort of is.

It looks nice enough.  Has jets, a light, benches.  It reminds me of the wood fired tubs you can get except it has a standard electric heater and pump system.

The surprising part is it has virtually no insulation compared to your traditional fibreglass/acrylic tubs.  There is an 1/8″ foil backed thermal blanket between the cedar staves and the liner, same wrapped around the plumbing.  That’s it.  The manufacturer claims $60/month to heat.  I hope that’s true, glad it’s not my power bill though.

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