WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE BEFORE HOT TUB DELIVERY?
The most important thing is to set a foundation for your Hot Tub. The foundation for hot tub has to be even and load-bearing. The easy way to place a hot tub is a good layer of stone chip and a few wooden logs put under. The more solid foundation is a platform made of wood or cast concrete. Avoid placing the hot tub directly on grass or soft ground. The vegetation from under the tub will prevent the underfloor from breathing, will keep moisture and promote faster rotting.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THAT I SHOULD BE AWARE OF?
Do not place the hot tub too close to buildings or other flammable structures to avoid the risk of fire.
Ensure children's safety in the tub and nearby. Keep the tub closed with lid when not in use. Bear in mind slippery at freezing temperatures.
Do not use the tub alone. Do not overheat the water in the tub. The recommended water temperature in hot tub is 37°- 39°C. Temperature should be lower for children and people with heart problems.
Wear protective gloves when operating a heater. Some parts might be hot during operation. Edges of the chimney and the heater might be sharp.
WHAT IS THE HEATING TIME FOR WOOD FIRED HOT TUB?
Normal heating time for hot tub is about 2 - 2.5 hours with external log burner. Hot tub with integrated wood burner takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to heat up. The actual heating time strongly depends on weather conditions, temperature of water, quality of firewood, proper and timely firing etc. To reduce the heating time, hot tub should be covered with a lid to keep the heat evaporation as low as possible. The water is layered when it heats up, and it has to be mixed so that the actual temperature could be found.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT LOG BURNER?
To ensure fast heating use only a good quality and dry wood, preferably in smaller pieces. The use of low-quality wood, or wood in large pieces may double the heating time. You can adjust the intense of wood burning by letting more air into the heater, or reducing the incoming air. Maintain the fire in the stove so that the wood will burn properly. If fire is too small, the heating time becomes remarkably longer. If fire is too strong, that may increase the risk of damage or accident.
Grade 316. Stainless steel is also non-magnetic. This stainless steel has the best corrosion resistant properties. Can be used with salt water and little bit chlorine or bromine.
HOW DO I CLEAN MY WOOD FIRED HOT TUB?
Clean the hot tub before use. Wash it carefully with soap and a soft fabric or sponge, and rinse with fresh water after including the log burner. Do not use any abrasive material for cleaning.
Rinse the log burner by putting water pipe to the top outlet.
The water in the tub is good only for 2-3 days depending on weather and overall hygiene. Only special chemicals (We recommend OXYGEN water treatments) and the water filter can keep the water clean and hygienic for longer period of time (with grade 316 steel log burners only) Otherwise water has to be changed more often. Be careful when using swimming pool chemicals in these small tubs. The dosages might be too high and can lead to the corrosion of materials or discolour the liner colour.
SANITISING YOUR HOT TUB?
If the hot tub is used frequently then it is advisable to sanitise your hot tub. It is best to use a non-chlorine shock treatment for domestic use. A shock oxidiser used once a week helps prevent bacteria and cloudy water. It oxidizes the water and helps to get rid of organic matter like dead skin cells, perspiration, urine and cosmetics. Treating with Oxygen is better for the tub than Chlorine or Bromine.
If like many of our customers you will be using your hot tub for commercial purposes, it will be necessary to use a chlorine water treatment as part of the regular maintenance and good practice to ensure a safe and pleasurable bathing experience. The log burner made from grade 316 stainless steel is required, if chemicals are used.
IS WATER pH IMPORTANT FOR MY TUB?
The recommended pH for your hot tub is between 7.2 and 7.8. It is advisable to test your water with some test strips as you can add additives to increase or decrease the value. The pH range is from 0 (very acidic) 7 is neutral and up to 14 (very alkali.) If your water is too acidic, it will corrode your tub and irritate your skin, if it is too alkali it will cause stains and deposits on the wooden tub, cloudy water and be drying to your skin. The pH needs to be within range for the effective use of other chemicals and safe bathing.
HOW DO I EMPTY A HOT TUB?
Bear in mind the waste water discharge when planning the location for hot tub. The Hot tub holds up to 1500 litres of water which has to be drained out after use.
In winter do not leave the drainage valve close, due any remaining water in the pipe could freeze.
The water can only be drained after fire and embers in the heater have burnt out completely.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM OF WATER IN THE TUB BEFORE STARTING A FIRE?
Do not start the fire until the tub is not full of water. The heaters must never be lit when the tub is empty or not full. Heating a half-empty tub can lead to damaging the heater or fiberglass/acrylic shell. The Warranty does not cover damage caused by use of heater without proper level of water in the tub.
WHO SHOULD AVOID USING HOT TUB?
You should not use our products alone.
If you suffer from diabetes, heart disease or another condition that affects your blood pressure you should check with your doctor before using hot tub.
If you feel sleepy or uncomfortable, you should exit the hot tub immediately and cool down in the fresh air.
It is recommended to drink plenty of water before and after hot tub.
CAN I OVERHEAT THE HOT TUB? CAN THE HOT WATER DAMAGE MY HOT TUB?
Yes. Especially the smaller hot tubs (Ofuro, 2 seater ones). To prevent that stirring/mixing water regularly is very important, so cold water mix with warm water. Warm water always stays on the top, which means if it is not mixed, then water gets hotter and hotter.
If water temperature rises above 50 degrees of Celsius, it will damage the fibreglass shell, as the shell becomes softer and causes deformation.
HOW TO CONTROL WATER TEMPERATURE IN WOOD FIRED HOT TUB?
Controlling the water temperature in a wood fired hot tub can require a bit of attention and experimentation. Here are a few tips to help you achieve your desired temperature:
1. Start with the right wood: Use dry hardwoods like oak, birch, or maple, as they burn hotter and produce consistent heat. Avoid resinous woods like pine, which can create soot and an uneven burn.
2. Contain and insulate: Make sure your hot tub is well-insulated to retain heat. A properly fitted cover can help maintain the temperature when the tub is not in use.
3. Stoking the fire: The intensity of the fire will determine the heating rate. Adding more firewood or adjusting the airflow by opening and closing the intake vents will regulate the burn and heat production. Adjusting the airflow affects the combustion rate, which directly impacts the water temperature.
4. Circulation and stirring: Stirring the water inside the hot tub helps distribute the heat evenly. If you're using a wood stove, position it in a way that maximizes water circulation to prevent hotspots.
5. Use a thermometer: Monitor the water temperature regularly using a reliable thermometer. This will help you gauge how your adjustments affect the temperature. You can add or remove firewood accordingly.
6. Practice patience: Temperature control in a wood-fired hot tub requires practice and patience. It may take a few tries to find the right combination of fire size, airflow, and wood type to maintain the desired temperature.
Remember to prioritise safety while operating a wood fired hot tub. Ensure proper ventilation, keep flammable items away, and follow any manufacturer's guidelines or local regulations.
WHAT DOES OZONATOR DO IN HOT TUB?
When ozone is injected into hot tub water, it helps to sanitize the water by destroying most of the bacteria and viruses that may be present. Ozone also helps break down body oils and other biodegradable materials to keep the pure, clear and “feel good” water you want in your hot tub.
DOES OZONATOR REPLACE CHLORINE?
If you want to reduce your chlorine demand and chlorine usage, reduce shocking and backwashing, and improve overall clarity and water sanitation – you could look at ozone. In the long run, an ozonator won't save you money – but your hot tub water will be more sanitary, with less chlorine required.
For example: without ozonator chlorine level is 2-3 ppm, but with ozonator is 0.5-1 ppm (0.5-1g per 1000 liters).