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Wood-Fired Hot Tubs vs. Electric Spas: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to heating hot tubs and spa pools, electric and wood-fired heaters are the main contenders. Each has advantages and considerations, depending on your style, home setup, and preferences. Wood-fired hot tubs, also known as hot tubs, heat up quickly, require little maintenance, and are durable. On the other hand, electrically-heated pools, also referred to as spa pools, offer affordability and convenience.

Adding a hot tub (wood-fired tub) or spa pool (electric tub) to your backyard can elevate your home’s ambience. Both wood-fired and electric options promise relaxation, but what sets them apart? Let’s dive into the key distinctions:

1. How long does it take to heat a hot tub?
Wood-fired hot tubs use burning wood for power, while electric spa pools rely on electricity. While heating times vary based on factors like water temperature, outdoor conditions, and tub volume, wood-fired tubs generally heat up much faster than their electric counterparts. For instance, a Stoked Stainless wood-fired hot tub takes around 2.5 hours to heat to 38°C.

2. How long does it take to heat a spa pool?
Spa Pools heat at a rate of 2 degrees an hour when first heating from cold. Thereafter your spa heater will allow you to always be hot and ready to soak. So if the temperature of the water is 15 degrees and you’d like to get it up to 39 degrees for example, it would take up to 12 hours to heat the water from 15 to 39 degrees.

3. How much do hot tubs cost to run?
Wood-fired hot tubs boast efficiency, thanks to their rapid heating fueled by dry firewood. You’re looking at an average cost of $2 for a batch of firewood to fuel your session. When it comes to refreshing the water, that’s another $2 or so. But you can enjoy multiple soaks before requiring a water swap. Once you do, the previously used water can be used to irrigate your garden for example.

The costs of a hot tub session are between $0.50 and $3, contingent on your wood choice, wood prices, and water refresh frequency. If you have access to your own wood supply, the costs can dip below $0.50.

4. How much do spa pools cost to run?
Electric spa pools come with ongoing electricity costs. However, the ability to utilise the same water over an extended period can render them equally cost-effective as wood-burning hot tubs. The average electricity expense averages around $1.50. It’s worth noting that this number can diminish during warmer periods or if you tap into alternative energy sources like stored solar power.

Stoked Spa Pools use an integrated filtration system, removing the necessity for frequent water replacement. You can comfortably enjoy dozens of soaking sessions before having to refresh the water.

Our recommended water treatment solution called Simplesilver, offers a solution that can push water refreshers to a minimum. This eco-friendly and non-harmful chemical alternative lets you maintain the same water for up to a year, assuming you use the spa a few times per week.

As for costs, operating a spa pool spans from $0.50 to $2. Should you have access to your own electricity supply, expenses can dip below $0.50.

5. Where can I put my hot tub or spa?
Hot tubs provide a diverse range of options, offering versatility without the need for a power connection. They make for a delightful addition to backyards and decks, creating a soothing experience as you relax under the night sky in your outdoor wood-fired hot tub. Alternatively, if you prefer an indoor setting, hot tubs indoors are equally fantastic.

While wood-fired tubs offer the freedom to be placed anywhere, electric spas have their own advantage. With their reliance on power sources, they provide the convenience of being easily integrated into spaces where electricity is readily available.

6. How much maintenance and cleaning does a hot tub need?
Wood-fired tubs with stainless steel interiors not only enhance durability but also eliminate the requirement for chemical treatments. When it comes to maintenance, the process is straightforward – simply drain and clean the tub on a regular basis. With no need for chemicals, the upkeep becomes hassle-free and eco-friendly, offering you a cleaner and more natural hot tub experience.

7. How much maintenance and cleaning does a spa pool need?
Electric spa pools, while having their own perks, do involve a somewhat distinct cleaning and maintenance method when compared to wood-fired hot tubs. Keeping things clean and well-maintained remains crucial, and that means doing tasks like filtering, adjusting pH levels, and sanitising. These actions, which do involve some chemicals, work together to guarantee a spa pool that’s clean and inviting.

The plus side of using the same water for an extended duration in a spa pool is that you can make good use of a non-harmful chemical like Simplesilver. It’s a great option to keep your water quality and hygiene in check while you enjoy those long soaks.

8. What are hot tubs made out of and how long will they last?
Generally speaking, conventional hot tubs are made of acrylic plastic or fibreglass with plastic parts. Over time, constant exposure to hot water and maintenance chemicals will cause these materials to wear out. The average lifespan of a standard hot tub is 5 to 10 years.

The interior and internal components of every Stoked Stainless hot tub and spa pool are made from durable stainless steel to last a lifetime. The metal resists wear, damage and corrosion and never rusts, cracks or stains.

The exterior is beautifully made with 100% natural cedar that is strong enough to resist the elements should you choose to place your hot tub outdoors. With solid, quality construction, Stoked wood-fired hot tubs and spa pools are guaranteed to last.

Conclusion: The difference between a hot tub and a spa pool

The world of hot tubs and spa pools has transcended mere vinyl jacuzzis on decks – they have evolved into sustainable, eco-friendly, and visually captivating masterpieces. When it comes to choosing between wood-fired hot tubs and electric spas, there are key differences to consider.

Wood-fired tubs offer swift heating with dry firewood, costing around $2 for wood and water refreshment. Electric spas may take a bit more time to heat up, but they come with excellent temperature control and comparable costs to a hot tub. Maintenance approaches differ, with wood-fired tubs requiring no chemicals and easy cleaning, while electric spas need filtration, pH balance, and sanitisation.

Ultimately, your decision depends on factors like heating time, temperature control, water treatment, and energy access. Feel free to reach out to us to explore the prospect of owning your very own stainless steel hot tub or spa pool today.