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Popular Species of Timber Used for Hot Tubs

Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) Western Red Cedar is one of the lightest weight commercially available softwoods. It is the largest and most abundant of all cedars and grows in managed forests in the southern coastal region of British Columbia and some of the moister interior valleys. It also grows throughout the Pacific Northwest of the US. Western Red Cedar resists warping, twisting, checking and is renowned for its high impermeability to liquids. The .

Chofu Wood Burning Water Heaters & Wood-Fired Hot Tub Systems

This is the perfect heater and hot tub system for cabins, those that are off grid, or if you’re simply looking for something a little more rustic or “back to basics”. Like our regular complete hot tub systems, our wood fired hot tub systems are available in western red cedar, Alaskan Yellow Cedar or teak. The Chofu is a precision built wood-burning water heater specifically designed for heating hot tubs. It circulates water using .

Port Orford Cedar

Port Orford Cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsoniana) Grown only in Southern Oregon and Northern California, Port Orford Cedar is very limited in supply. It has earned a reputation for strength, decay resistance and has an odor similar to ginger and lemons. The most prized type of wood for Japanese architecture, upscale boat construction and the creation of world famous Japanese Ofuro Soaking tubs is called “hinoke.” The Japanese wouldn’t consider substituting any other type of wood .

Teak

Burmese Teak (Tectona grandis) One of the most valuable of all woods due to it’s scarcity and difficulty to harvest and transport, teak is prized for the construction of expensive boats and yachts. Because of its decay resistance, teak is used extensively as exterior decking, mill-work, trim and windows. It’s also used for garden furniture, park benches and many marine applications. Teak is a very hard, heavy, strong wood, distinctively oily to the touch. .

Alaskan Yellow Cedar

Alaskan Yellow Cedar (Cupressus nootkatensis) The Alaskan Yellow Cedar is found only on the western slopes of the Pacific Coast Range from Southern Oregon to Alaska. It likes moist climates, and thus it is only found along coastal areas. Due to the colder temperatures and high rainfall of its local climate, Alaskan Yellow Cedar grows very slowly with closely packed growth rings and very little distinction between early wood and late wood rings. It’s .

Western Red Cedar

One of the lightest in weight of the commercially available softwoods, Western Red Cedar is the giant of the cedars and is the largest and most abundant of all cedars. It grows in managed forests in the southern coastal region of British Columbia and some of the moister interior valleys. It also grows throughout the Pacific Northwest of the US.   Western Red Cedar resists warping, twisting, checking and is renowned for its high impermeability .

Western Red Cedar Round Hot Tubs

Roberts Hot Tubs western red cedar and redwood* hot tubs are individually crafted from the absolute thickest and finest clear, all heart, vertical grain wood available (a variety of other cedars, including Alaskan yellow cedar, are also available). The tubs are constructed from full-sawn 2 x 6 clear, all heart, vertical grain staves and the bottom are 1-3\4″ net thickness, making them considerably thicker than most others (our Timber Tubs are even thicker). This .

Oval Hot Tubs

Our oval hot tubs are individually crafted from the finest clear, all heart, vertical grain western red cedar. Alaskan yellow cedar and teak are also available. Occasionally we also have a supply of Port Orford Cedar, aka hinoki, with which to make smaller oval soaking hot tubs. The maximum variance between length and width of an oval hot tub is two feet. Anything larger has a great tendency to warp out of shape, and .

Teak Hot Tubs

True Burmese teak is one of the outstanding timbers of the world . It has been used in high quality yacht construction and furniture building for many years because of its beauty, durability, stability, strength, appearance and resistance to damage from water and numerous chemicals and acids. Along with these characteristics, it contains more natural oils than other woods, which gives it the ability to rejuvenate to its original color and beauty from a .