Some quirky hot tubs - Part1!
Ever want to steam on the side of a mountain or carry your hot tub with you on your canoe? Off-the-grid, durable, mobile, strangely sexy and well-engineered, the Dutch Tub is probably the last thing you would expect to see someone lounging in at the top of a summit – but one of the best aspects of the tub is that it moves easily, making the scene above more realistic than most people realize. It is also the most environmentally friendly hot tub you can buy, relying on renewable resources only to keep it going!
This ingenious hot tub is a completely energy-independent gadget that requires no plugging in. Firewood is placed in a spiral on the side that naturally circulates and heats the water in the tub. As a result, the stainless steel tub and its durable poly-fibre hull are transportable by car or even, by boat or canoe!
In terms of its design it is a bit of a tough sell at first, looking like a giant orange cooking pot or coffee mug with a strange spiral growing out of its side. Still, it is built thick and is made to be self-contained structurally and in terms of its power source and scores well on both of those essential counts. It takes a beating without spoiling its bathing capabilities.
Despite its bulk and size, the Dutch Tub weighs about as much as a teenager! So can be easily carried by two people. It is extremely easy to clean as it is comprised almost entirely of smooth corner-free surfaces. The heat can even be turned down by spiralling up the burning fire so it has less contact with the heating coils.
Midwinter, a romantic trip at sunset, surrounded by water, steaming and relaxing with family and friends while sailing through the canals, or laughing with colleagues in ice cold lakes as you luxuriate in a warm bath. It's all possible with the HotTug!
Don't just enjoy a hot tub in your backyard, enjoy it wherever you are, while the landscape changes around you!
The HotTug is the world's first wood-fired hot tub 'boat' that you can bathe in. Float down a river in the middle of winter, sipping a cold drink and soaking in the steaming hot water - a truly fantastic never-to-be-forgotten experience! It's constructed from wood and fitted with glass-fibre reinforced polyester. The stove is made of stainless steel and has a double-walled pipe.
The HotTug is powered by a built-in electric motor and a wood stove in the front of the boat heats the water up to 38° C (100° F) in about 2.5 hours. All it takes is a small fire built with normal logs. Thanks to its solid wooden construction the HotTug is safe and unsinkable. Being filled with water makes the HotTug extremely stable. So, no problems climbing in and out. You can even stand on the edge before plunging into the water outside!
A 'folding pipe' is available for HotTugs that sail through landscape with low bridges (85 cm/ 34 inches clearance). The HotTug weights 750 kg and can be manoeuvered onto a trailer for transporting further afield by road.
The HotTug is a Dutch Design, invented and designed by Frank de Bruijn and produced in Holland.
The Carpool Deville
This vehicle gives a whole new meaning to the term "carpool." Engineers Duncan Forster and Phil Weicker converted a Cadillac DeVille into a working hot tub on wheels. According to Forster, "You haven't really lived until you've sat in a hot tub and watched the world roll by.
Duncan Forster and Phil Weicker built their first tub-on-wheels as undergrads at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. With a fellow student, they transformed an abandoned 1982 Chevy Malibu into a pool. "This thing was hideous," Forster says. "The car barely ran, but we were really proud of it." Twelve years later, living in Los Angeles, they bought a 1969 Cadillac DeVille and one-upped their beloved jalopy. The "Carpool DeVille" ran so well, Forster and Weicker set an even more ambitious goal: the world's fastest hot tub.
A successful Kickstarter campaign funded a trip to Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats for Speed Week 2014. But after arriving in the desert with their mobile pool, a flooded track—of all things—canceled the race, and with it, their shot at an official record. Undeterred, Weicker raced the car off the track. The extra mass on the rear axle caused it to accelerate so quickly that a Dodge Ram chase vehicle couldn't keep up, and hitting a small bump led to scary side-to-side oscillations. "It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time," Weicker says.
The Carpool Deville's construction comprises:
Vehicle: Forster and Weicker gutted the car's interior. Then they reinforced the steel frame to support the added weight from the water and swapped the shock-absorbing springs for airbags to create a custom air suspension.
Tub: Using plywood and fiberboard, the duo made a mold of the car's interior. To make the pool, they covered the mold with gel coat and then layers of fiberglass. A heat exchanger warms the water with heat from the engine. A two-speed jet pump powers the tubs' water jes that are distributed around the tub.
Detailing: Maintaining the Cadillac's look was a high priority, Forster says. They had to totally waterproof the car's interior, sealing the edges of the fiberglass tub and customized dashboard with marine-grade silicone caulk.
A video of the carpool cab seen below.
Virgin Atlantic takes the plunge with inflight hot tubs on B787s
Virgin Atlantic always likes to offer its Upper Class passengers something a little different, and its latest innovation means pampered passengers can not just drink bubbles, but have a dip in them too! The airline has signed a deal with UK company Hot Tub Barn, which, as you may have guessed, means that Upper Class cabins will soon feature hot tubs, to be fitted at the Door 2 entrance where the bar area is currently located.
Virgin Atlantic's technical crew are working out the inevitable minor difficulties related to installation of the hot tubs in the cabin, which will begin with the airline's newest Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. There are also as-yet unconfirmed reports that the B747 fleet could feature a hot tub on each deck, linked by a slide. To avoid disappointment, Upper Class guests are advised to book their inflight dip in advance, though ad hoc sessions will be available.
Crew on the hot tub-equipped flights will be trained on how to maintain good spa water chemisty, as well as in proper safety and emergency procedures. Of course, Virgin Atlantic has had to establish a few ground rules for the facility. Passengers who are visibly intoxicated will not be permitted to use the hot tub, and running and diving is prohibited, though light petting is permitted at the crew's discretion. Verucca socks will also be available upon request.
"I've long dreamed of putting hot tubs into the sky, and we couldn't have a more fitting partner for this endeavor than Virgin Atlantic. I'm so proud to be able to give travelers the opportunity to join an exclusive new 'mile high club', one that I myself can't wait to be part of too," stated Hot Tub Barn MD, Huw Chivers.
Nik Lusardi, design manager for customer experience at Virgin Atlantic, who played a major role in the design of the airline's recently launched and highly glamorous B787 bar unit, was unavailable for comment on the bar's bubbly replacement. However, sources at the airline say that while he is sad about the removal of the bar, he is also "really, really excited" at the prospect of an airborne soak, especially since some of the stylish bar finishes have been carried over to the hot tub panels.