Fired Heated Hot Tubs – Guide for Airbnb, Vrbo and Rental Hosts and Owners

A fired heated hot tub is nice facility that will elevate your rental property over others. People will then be able to experience something unique that they couldn’t obtain at a standard hotel chain. The calm, serene, and in-tune with-nature soak provided by the fire heated hot tub is unlike any other. Additionally, having visitors fill and heat it on their own is fun and an added experience.

Your vacation rental will stand out with a wood-fired hot tub, attracting more visitors and allowing you to charge higher nightly prices. Many Airbnbs, wilderness lodges, and vacation homes have fire heated hot tubs on their property and are able to rent out without problems year after year.

However, operating a rental with a hot tub of any sort involves more labor, particularly one as complex as a wood-fired hot tub. It’s probable that city tourists have never made a fire before, much alone one to heat their hot tub. Although operating a wood-fired hot tub seems simple, there is an art and science behind it that takes time to master. In contrast to electric hot tubs, wood-fired hot tubs do not have an automated temperature control that may be changed by pressing a button. If there is too much wood in the tub, it will overheat. The fire will die out before the water reaches your ideal hot tub temperature if you wait too long while heating (102-105 typically). Additionally, if your visitors are using your wood-fired hot tub without any chemicals, it’s important that they enter the tub with clean bodies, that the lids are closed after use to keep debris out, and most importantly, that the tub is never heated without having enough water in it because this is risky for both your hot tub and the people using it.

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Guide to Fire Heated Hot Tub for your rental property

What to think about when your rental has a Hot Tub

We’ve gathered the most important tips, counsel, and recommendations to help you effectively manage your rental with a fired heated hot tub:

Before guests arrive

If you do not have access to lake or ocean water at your rental house, we suggest conserving water by utilizing a filtration system that can be filled and emptied twice without producing waste. For additional information on how to accomplish this and preserve the purity of your water, read our guide on how to properly clean a hot tub. By filtering it and treating it with safe chemical water treatments like powdered bromine, you may reuse the same water between reservations. You could still want your cleaner to scrape out any dirt before each booking, depending on how much vegetation surrounds your hot tub and how well your visitors adhere to your instructions to use lids between each usage.

Remember to always fill the wood-burning hot tub with water before allowing guests to build a fire in it. Airbnb owners regularly write to us in dire need of a new firebox because their visitors lit the fire before the tub was fully filled with water. In addition to damaging your Hot Tub, it might put your visitors and property in risk. This step requires the utmost caution since failing to do so will have unfavorable effects.

Provide Clear Instructions

Provide your guests with a user guide, or email them the electronic document they can read before they arrive. For their personal sake as well as the safety of your house and community, this will ensure that the hot tub is being used responsibly. You may also send them to our blog article and instructional video on how to use a wood-fired hot tub.

It is a good idea to provide them with a fire started kit so they don’t have any issues actually getting the fire going.

Ask guests to close the lids after each usage. This will keep the temperature in your fire heated hot tub high and keep debris out of the water. To make it easy for them to maintain the heat during their stay, you may already have the hot tub heated for them before their first usage. Warming the hot tub before the guests arrive and then cover it will shorten the time it takes before the guests can use it.

Ask your guests to empty the tub after using it if there’s a danger the water would ice over the winter. Also, have your cleaner dry the tub off with a cloth before departing. Alternately, you can utilize an electric trough heater to maintain the water temperature above freezing, but you’ll likely be changing the water between bookings anyway.

Below is a short list of instructions you might want to provide your renters:

  1. Only use the hot tub when it is properly filled with water and the temperature is within a safe range (usually between 100 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit).
  2. Do not use the hot tub alone. Always have at least one other person present when using the hot tub.
  3. Do not let children use the hot tub unsupervised. Children should always be supervised by an adult when using the hot tub.
  4. Do not use the hot tub if you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or any other medical condition that may be affected by exposure to hot water.
  5. Do not use the hot tub if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  6. Do not use the hot tub if you have any open wounds or cuts.
  7. Do not use the hot tub during a thunderstorm or other inclement weather.
  8. Use the hot tub at your own risk. The owner of the property is not responsible for any injuries or accidents that may occur while using the hot tub.
  9. Keep the hot tub clean by regularly testing and adjusting the water chemistry and by cleaning the hot tub with a sanitizing solution.
  10. Contact the owner of the property if you have any questions or concerns about the hot tub.

Think about who you rent to

Only rent to persons you’ve vetted, and consider getting guests to sign a contract or waiver confirming the terms of your hot tub. This will attest to their understanding of the importance of utilizing a hot tub heated by fire to keep both themselves and the environment safe, as well as that they have read the guide on how to use it. There are inherent hazards with anything combining water and fire, so it’s important that kids be aware of safety facts, such as the fact that the chimney and firebox are quite hot while in use. The same is true for going over your wood-fired hot tub’s maximum occupancy limitations, this is depending on the manufacture and size of your hot tub.

Keeping the Hot Tub Clean

Ask your cleaner to use a soft cloth, soap, and vinegar to clean your hot tub as required. The frequency of this will depend considerably on whether you fill it with fresh water, salt water, chemical water treatments, or a filter. Your handbook contains thorough cleaning instructions for your hot tub.

What fire heated Hot Tub is best for my rental?

It’s important to know what types of fired hot tubs are available and pick the right one. Certain hot tub types would make less sense for a rental property. For instance traditional cedar hot tubs take more upkeep and are more likely to need repair. Leaks, algae growth, and aging wood fissures are a few of these problems. Getting a type of aluminum fire heated hot tub is likely a good option, as they are easier to maintain and keep clean. For an in depth post on what types of Hot Tub are available and what pros and cons the different types have read .

Whether it’s an Airbnb or a wilderness lodge, having an hot tub wood-fired hot tub on site will boost reservations and raise your revenue per stay.

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