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April 4, 2007

DutchTub: From the outhouse to the penthouse


In January of 2004 I wrote about this ultra-cool hot tub after reading an item in the newspaper about its creation in The Netherlands by Dutch designer Floris Schoonderbeek.

Boing Boing picked it up — back then I hadn't a clue what that meant — and suddenly I had lots more readers.


Years have passed and lo and behold, what do I espy on the cover of the latest Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, propped up right next to me, but a chic version of the very same DutchTub, now styled "Portable Wood-Burning Hot Tub."

From the website:

    Portable Wood-Burning Hot Tub

    Made in The Netherlands, this handmade portable hot tub requires no electricity, hot water or plumbing and provides ample soaking space for up to four adults.

    Made of durable polyester, the tub rests on four sturdy feet spaced evenly to prevent tipping.

    Once filled to its 200-gallon capacity, a stainless-steel heating coil system uses burning wood to provide hot water for the tub; water from the tub flows through the tub's lower pipe into the heating coil full of burning wood, and is naturally circulated using convection, emptying hot water through the top pipe into the basin and heating the tub to 104°F in 2-1/2 hours.

    A stainless-steel basket holds firewood within the coil, allowing you to adjust the heat level by raising or lowering the basket .

    The tub's floor has a raised convex dome that allows you to stretch out your feet as if sitting on a chaise lounge, and the tub has a built-in ledge with a bottle holder.

    Includes a cover for faster heating.

    36" H x 60" Diam.

    165 lbs.



I suspect that you could build your own for a whole lot less money, just like the creators of the original.

MAKE magazine readers?

Ray Earhart?



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So whoever draws the short straw has to get out and stoke the fire, huh? Perhaps as a penalty for creating unexpected bubbles.

And another thing - if you block the pipe with your toe the water in the coil will heat up to boiling point and then turn to steam, spurting scalding water back at you from the other hole.

Posted by: Skipweasel | Apr 7, 2007 7:58:50 PM

Testing Testing 1, 2, 3

This is only a test, do not be afraid, this is only a test.

Posted by: Ray | Apr 6, 2007 7:06:15 AM

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