A Wood-fired hot tub has become increasingly popular in recent years, as they offer a natural and eco-friendly way to enjoy a luxurious soak in hot water. Each of our self catering cottages at The Good Life Wales offer the ultimate relaxation experience with our wood-fired hot tubs. In this ultimate guide, we’ll cover everything you need to know about wood-fired hot tubs and how to enjoy them to the fullest.

What is a Wood-Fired Hot Tub?

A wood-fired hot tub is a type of hot tub that uses firewood to heat the water. The water is typically heated in a stainless steel or cedar wood tub using a wood stove that is built into the tub. The heat from the stove warms the water, creating a relaxing and therapeutic soaking experience.

Why Choose a Wood-Fired Hot Tub?

One of the biggest advantages of a wood-fired hot tub is that it’s eco-friendly. Unlike electric or gas-powered hot tubs, which require a significant amount of energy to operate, wood-fired hot tubs rely on renewable resources. This makes them a great option for those who are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

Another advantage of wood-fired hot tubs is that they offer a more natural and rustic experience. The sound of crackling firewood and the scent of burning wood create a cozy and relaxing atmosphere. Plus, the natural beauty of the cedar wood tub adds a touch of luxury to the experience.

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How to Use a Wood-Fired Hot Tub

Using a wood-fired hot tub requires a bit of preparation, but the process is simple and straightforward. Here’s what you need to do:

Fill the Tub with Water: Fill the tub with water. The water should be about 2-3 inches above the top of the stove (we do this for you, emptying, cleaning and refilling before you arrive)

Start the Fire: Place dry, seasoned firewood into the stove and light it. Use a small amount of kindling to get the fire started (if you are arriving later in the evening, let us know and we are happy to start the hot tub for you)

Monitor the Fire: Keep an eye on the fire and add additional firewood as needed. The water should be heated to around 38-40°C (100-104°F) for a comfortable soak.

Enjoy the Soak: Once the water has reached the desired temperature, it’s time to climb into the tub and relax! You can use a floating thermometer to check the water temperature and add more firewood to maintain the heat.

Tips for a Relaxing Wood-Fired Hot Tub Experience

To make the most of your wood-fired hot tub experience, here are some tips to keep in mind:

Plan Ahead: Wood-fired hot tubs take time to heat up, so plan ahead and start the fire a few hours before you plan to use the tub.

Use the Right Firewood: Use only dry, seasoned firewood for the best results. Avoid using softwoods or green wood, as they can produce excessive smoke and creosote buildup ( this is very important to maintain the burn chamber so only our firewood can be used)

Use Natural Cleaning Products: Avoid using chemical-based cleaning products in your wood-fired hot tub, as they can harm the environment and affect the water chemistry. Instead, use natural cleaning products or simply drain and refill the tub after each use. We use all natural cleaning products on our hot tubs.

Relax and Enjoy: Finally, remember to relax and enjoy the experience! Take in the natural beauty of the surroundings and let the warm water and soothing atmosphere wash away your stress and tension.


If you’re looking for a unique and eco-friendly way to relax and unwind, a wood-fired hot tub is a great option. Each of our cottages have their own private wood fired hot tubs, offering the ultimate wood-fired hot tub experience, surrounded by the beauty of the Welsh countryside. By following these tips and guidelines, you can enjoy a safe and relaxing soak in your own wood-fired hot tub – what are you waiting for, book your relaxing break now!.

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