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Anyone try a cob hot tub?

Rusty Bowman

Joined: May 30, 2009
Posts: 127
Location: Idaho
A wood fired hot tub has been on the back of my mind for a long time. Never thought of making one of cob though. Has anyone built one like that in the following link:

I'm thinking this could be a fun project!

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Darin Lightning

Joined: Sep 28, 2012
Posts: 1

I think it would work, if you coat the interior with poly-modified cement over your cob foundation and frame. Seems like the cob would be a good insulator, but you would have to transition the interior from the silt structure (that water will destroy) to the cement structure and coating. Not sure exactly how that would work, but if the cob frame were sturdy enough, it shouldn't be too much of a problem to do a tough and flexible concrete coating inside the tub. Probably keep it simple on the plumbing, and it should work like any built-in spa. I'm in Boise, too, so if you want to give it a shot, let me know and maybe I can help!
Rusty Bowman

Joined: May 30, 2009
Posts: 127
Location: Idaho
Thanks, Darin. For ease, I was thinking about putting cob around an old steel tub. Might not be as elegant as what I think you're describing...but I don't know that I'm that ambitious.

Any way, it's good to see another poster from Idaho. I'm in Twin.

Meryt Helmer

Joined: Oct 02, 2012
Posts: 394
Location: west marin, bay area california. sandy loam, well drained, acidic soil and lots of shade
there is a book written by becky bee that tells how to do it. I have never made one but i own the book and have pondered making one for a long time. I have been pondering making one with a metal water trough instead of a bathtub.
R Scott

Joined: Apr 13, 2012
Posts: 3051
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
OH, that is so good. Cowboy tub with class. and efficiency.
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Jeremy Krieg

Joined: Nov 25, 2012
Posts: 8
the hot tub looks like i great idea,

I was wondering whether you had considered more of a rocket mass heater design , i would be so much more efficient

Mark Gilimain

Joined: Jul 19, 2014
Posts: 1
The ones that Miguel makes are amazing. Not only can you have a nice soak but you can cook pizza and make hot water for tea. I will expand on this model with a thermostat.
Rusty Bowman

Joined: May 30, 2009
Posts: 127
Location: Idaho
That's a cool oven/tub combo! Thanks for posting the link.

I really liked the idea doing one from cob....but, by the time I decided to get off my rear and make hot water happen, winter was upon us and I was too impatient to wait for warmer days to attempt something from cob. So, I ended up buying a basic 5'x3' wood tub kit from Snorkel which came with the stove, tub, and fence. I redid the fence, and built the benches (3 heights), pipe and stove lid heat protectors, steps, cover, and lids.

I set it outside our bedroom under a patio roof that extends over my daughters 'earth bag/wood chip' playhouse. The tub is against the playhouse. To protect the earthen plaster on the playhouse from splashes, I installed a wainscot from a salvaged redwood fence. I used the same fencing as a privacy wall on one edge of the patio. I left the other side open which looks into our forested yard.

Been heating it with left over firewood I had from our house stove, tree trimmings from the yard, and lumber scraps. I'm really happy with it.

Here are some pics I took last March:

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