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The DIY Hot Tub, How Hard Could it Be?

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Even The Best DIY Hot Tub Is Probably a Bad Idea


A few years ago we shared some of the world’s best/worst ideas for DIY Hot Tubs. These engineering marvels are perfect for at-home relaxation without the cost of safety, reliability, and function. Our gallery of these masterpieces of ingenuity, repurposed materials, water, and beer-fueled genius was a big hit.


In the years since, we’ve noticed even more of these backyard engineering experiments showing up online and so we just had to share what geniuses everywhere are coming up with in the area of do-it-yourself hot tubs. Whether you call them redneck hot tubs, hillbilly hot tubs, do-it-yourself hot tubs, or just plain radical you have to applaud these fine efforts at first class hot tubs.

The Hot Tub from Snowy River

These folks from the Outback of Australia seem to enjoy the smell of pasture and fresh manure. If you also fall into this category, congrats, your olfactory senses are officially broken. In a related note, these cowboy hot tubs also seem to be in need of a major filtration system overhaul.


However, kudos to these Outback Aussies for dusting off their skivvies, making the best of their surroundings and kickin it in their “hot tubs” cowboy-style.

Cowboy Hot Tub

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Hot Tub Kit from Hell, or is that Shanghai?

For some reason the instructions for this DIY hot tub kit just don’t seem to help. I do, however, know from experience that anything with confusing foreign instructions can still work if you use a little ingenuity, a hammer, and duct tape. (Thanks IKEA for this incalculably valuable lesson.)


You have many options in spas and hot tubs, however, if this is your decision for your relaxing at home spa, well, all I can say is good luck with that.

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Boggy Bottom Hot Tub

This classic hillbilly hot tub has all the requisite parts: pallet on fire, pallet sides, pallet bench, baby, and is that a chicken? Oh yes, and plenty of bungee cords to hold it all together.


I mean who doesn’t see this scene and immediately imagine themselves escaping your cares and floating off into dream-land in such an idyllic setting?


The banjo sounds purdy too.

Hillbilly Hot Tub

Nascar Anyone? We Can Drive My Hot Tub

So, all I can think to say is “Stay classy backwoods Florida!”


Well, ok, that’s not all I will say about this truck bed hot tub. This work of art with a Hemi proves that a man will go to nearly any lengths to combine trucks and whatever else he thinks will get him chicks. In this case that would be hot water, chrome and diamond plating. And, from the looks of it, there is a subset of individuals who fall for this ingenius wooing tactic.


Enjoy the races folks, or gator rodeo, or whatever highfalutin event yer attendin’.

Truck Bed Hot Tub

Fire is Freaking Awesome

This attempt at a do-it-yourself hot tub lacks ingenuity, in fact, it’s really really stupid. BUT, then again, it totally redeems itself by using lots and lots of fire right in the middle of the pool.


Let’s face it, no matter how amazing my life becomes, it’s not everyday that you get to relax in an tenuous crafted above ground pool with a flaming wheelbarrow cauldron in the middle of it.

Wood-fired Hot Tub

Hot Tubbing OG Style

These aspiring gangstas haven’t graduated to “I’m on a boat” with all the bling, Bs and Bentleys that go along with that. For now they are freeflowin’ with: “I’m in a bag.”


The problem: kickin it bag style in their garbage bag hot tubs doesn’t seem to bring them much joy. So, if the wanna-be gangsta thing never really pans out for you guys, might I suggest 2 lines of more reputable work: Sanitation Engineer or Contortionist. Both have their pros and cons but both bring home the Benjamins. And from the looks of it, you homies need to get paid.

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The Original Redneck Hot Tub Design, Re-engineered

No amazing blog post like this one would be complete without using the word “tarpaulin” and a classic tarpaulin-built redneck hot tub. However, this one is unique. The standard plan for most tarpaulin tubs is to use the tarpaulin to line a rusty pickup truck bed, a box made of hay bales, or an El Camino bed. You know, something that provides a little structural support.


This maverick has eschewed all convention and thrown good sense to the Dixie-whistlin’ wind. He is tarpaulin tubbin’ without all of that superfluous stuff. It’s just him, the ostensibly impermeable membrane (tarpaulin), warmish water, and by my estimate, about 2 more seconds of good times.



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Jake Ricks

AUTHOR - Jake Ricks

Jake Ricks is the Marketing Director for Bullfrog Spas. In addition to his efforts in marketing leadership roles, Jake has been published in a variety of publications with topics that include the pool and spa industry, outdoors, digital marketing, and content marketing. Jake's passion is fly fishing, bird dogs, and living life outside. When possible he guides on local waters, competes in fly fishing events, designs new fly patterns and is a regular contributor to outdoor blogs and periodicals.

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