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  • The Completed Enclosure

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    Completed late spring 2010, flagstone and gravel base. Screened roof and between lattice. Two stage pump and filter with air control, 4 jets, and ionizer. Works great. Filter cycles 2 times daily for 2 hr intervals. Keeps it clean while we're away. Tom H and Aaron were great help in advising. Will devise a cover for winter to keep the Wisconsin snow off the roof. Plan on using a stock tank heater and "collapsable" milk jugs to allow expansionif if it does freeze. Will disconnect and winter cap the jets, and go with paddle for stirring in winter.

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    For the winter in sometimes subzero Wisconsin, I put in a stock tank heater in the bottom of the tub after draining and disconnecting the ionizer, and jet/filter system and adding the "winter" kit. I then added (3 ) gallon milk jugs in case of freeze up to allow for collapse of the jugs instead of the bottom. I put in the tub a filter and pump (sitting on a low bench), that circulates and filters the water 2 x daily for 2 hours.
    We haven't spent enough time yet this winter at the cabin to fire up the tub, but this system has so far, worked well. If we do fire it up, the filter and heater will come out, and it will be a back to basics paddle stir to distribute heat. Hope this helps anyone else wondering about logistics. Of the Montana method mentioned elsewhere (let her have a controlled freeze) is cheaper.


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      Update: Tub is still working great! A stock tank heater keeps it from freezing in the winter and four empty 1 gallon milk jugs are tucked under the benches to allow for ice expansion if the power fails.Sanitation involves occasional shocking, and frequent water changes until the pump and filter are reconnected in summer. It's been a great option for a agin that does not always get visited, and nothing compares to the ease of a wood fire and crackling sound on a cool night...