But how great huh????A HOT TUB for after a long day in the art studio....about $500 when done.
While waiting for my well to go in, I decided to prep the off grid hot tub. For about 100$ I bought the water trough, $40 for concrete pavers, and used scrap cedar siding for the lid and seat. The lid was then sealed with outdoor sealant to prevent warping.
The inside has a half constructed cedar seat with curved back....will post when done.
Next month when I have the budget I hope to add a heat exchanger like the NOMAD one with a propane stove(see above). It gently pulls cold water out of tub and sends it back warmed.
But since I don't have a lot of water left at the end of summer in the big water tanks, best to wait for the new well anyhow to fire it up.
PRETTY PROPANE: if you live off grid it likely you use propane. It's still a fossil fuel and I suspect it will eventually be phased out in the future
I just added a 500 gallon tank after placing the gas lines myself with help from my father (that saved a lot) If I had bought my tank, supplies and propane fill a year ago or more I would have spent a lot less. It was about $4500 for everything!
The moment that tank went in I was planning its camo job!!! Using green and brown paints I had around...I used spray cans to add a few layers, and then cut branched with leaves and ferns to create the foliage effects. Working fast and loose, it only took 30 minutes to do. And it is so invisible that friends walk by without noticing!!! well almost....
The best thing about it is that now I have steady heat for the house AND the studio (almost more important). But soon the hot water heater, refrigerator and the cook stove will be added as well.