Archive for June, 2013

Ukko wood fired hot tub

Wood fired hot tub with 2 speed pump and air jets

Last week-end we’ve driven to one of the small historic and magnificent places on the border of ACT and NSW – Gundaroo. The reason we came there, as you probably already guessed from the title of this blog, is to install our 4 person tub with wood fired heater.

Ukko tub jets in work

Hot Tub pump switched to Hi speed to run the jets with bubbles

The tub was supplied with our own designed air control box with timer to run a two speed pump instead of usual single speed unit.

The main advantage of this system is that when your tub is on filtration (auto mode – on timer), it will run at a lower speed using only about 300Watts of power. You use Hi speed mode only for jets (takes about 1.5kW). And single speed pump is always using 1.5kW for filtration and jets.

The house we’ve installed our hot tub in is very Eco efficient and runs on Solar panels so this is an ideal solution for the owners.

On the way back, we stopped by the place to start the tub with the owner and see how it all works and make sure we did it right :).

Wood fired Ukko hot tub on standby...

Tub is ready to go…

We filled the tub with water from massive rain water tank that is on the property:

Filling the tub

Tub is half way through to be filled with water…

And the moment of truth – starting the wood fired Cedar hot tub heater:

Starting wood fired heater

Nice and warm fire radiating heat in to the tub water

It was very cold, windy and raining. Water was only about 6 degrees when we started the fire. In about an hour, we’ve got the temperature up to about 10 degrees:

Water temp is 10 degrees

Water temperature 10 degrees

Two more hours, few apple ciders (too bad we did not have vodka :)) and the water went up to 20:

Water at 20 degrees

Water is up to 20 degrees

Then it was time for us to leave and the last we’ve heard from Matt, the owner, it went to 37 when they tried it. One last picture we’ve managed to get on the way back is a beautiful rainbow above the land (which we assumed was a good sign that the tub is working properly and we can go back home):


Rain cleared up a bit and we saw a rainbow…

Ski Lodge Jindabyne

Piste-Hous Ski Lodge in Snowy Mountains, NSW

If you are planning to visit Snowy Mountains and after all day skiing relax in one of the luxury accommodations there with the brand new Ukko hot tub – Piste Hous is just the place.

Last week-end we’ve delivered and installed a good sized 1.8m diameter Cedar tub to one of the Jundabyne ski lodges. Finally, after being in Australia for more than 12 years, we felt a touch of winter. This is a replacement tub, which was there for more than 30 years. Nice and cold fresh winter air did not stop us to put together our 8 sitter hot tub:

Hot Tub floor

Hot Tub floor delivered in two parts for ease of transportation and assembled on site. Neringa, our Operations Manager, is sorting out tub staves…

A place for tub

This is the place where the tub will go (hopefully :))

Tub fitted exactly to the spot

And as you can see, the tub is in place after couple of hours of hard work…

We had to remove few more decking boards to allow for tub adjustment and plumbing. End result – tub is perfectly fitted in to its original spot with 8 strong massage jets:

Tub with jets fully installed

Tub with all the plumbing, jets, benches and step down.

We’ve done few pictures for you to get an idea what’s inside Piste-Hous ski lodge accommodation for you:

Fire place in Ski Lodge

The best place to relax – fire place and comfortable inviting arm chairs…

Great Views on to lake

Fantastic views on to the lake from the lodge balcony (there’s a BBQ too)

If you have summer or winter house (cottage), you can make it even more attracting for visitors by offering Cedar hot tub or sauna relaxation. Contact us for more information and your ideas and we will be glad to help you with designs.