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Snorkel® Hot Tubs … Simple, Beautiful, Practical

"Classic Not Plastic®"

Made in the USASnorkel® Hot Tubs are 100% manufactured in the USA using premium-quality all heart, clear Western Red Cedar from the forests of Canada. With more and more companies sending manufacturing overseas these days, we're prouder than ever to be "American Owned & Made."

Our partner mills
Our partner mills supply us with miles of 401 clear grade rough cut stock.

Each Wooden Snorkel® Hot Tub is
Handcrafted With Classic Craftsmanship

Quality not quantity

We began our hot tub business in 1979, working out of a garage. Though we've grown tremendously since, we've maintained our original "intimate workshop" atmosphere rather than adopt a "big manufacturing" attitude. We've purposely kept our operation on a "human scale" because it allows us to pay particular attention to quality in every piece of our hot tubs, and in every dealing with our customers.

Carefully crafted from finest grade, knot-free HEARTWOOD

Wood Staves
Each hot tub stave is milled to the specific size, shape, thickness, and angle necessary to mate exactly to its neighboring stave.

"Snorkel Grade" exceeds the industry's toughest standards
Our hot tubs start with rough cut "401 Clear" grade Western Red Cedar — the highest industry grade in the world, so prized that most of it is exported. Even so, our Inspectors reject four of every 10 boards if they're not 100% heartwood, have milling imperfections or other defects that don't meet Snorkel Grade for our hot tubs. To create stock for staves and bottom boards, we run the rough-cut lumber through a high speed molding machine capable of holding extremely tight tolerances to +/- .003" (three one-thousandth of an inch).

Many processes, many inspections
Each bottom board and hot tub stave is inspected as it enters and leaves each step of the process. Staves are precision-cut to length and the croze cut (channel that mates to the hot tub bottom) is made. Bottom boards are hand-matched and hand-jointed as necessary for a perfect fit, and doweled together for maximum strength. Our standard in-stock sizes are 5', 6' and 7' diameters with 3' and 4' heights. We also make 4' and 8' diameter tubs, and a variety of heights to 6' high. Need something special? Call us.

Classic Joinery Makes It "Tight as a Drum"
Tight as a Drum
Each stave has a croze cut – a square dado cut made on a radius so that it mates perfectly with the arc of the chamfered edge of the hot tub bottom.

"Tight as a Drum" since 1979.
We hand-craft our hot tubs for quality, not quantity. There are faster and easier ways to make hot tubs but none measure up to the quality we demand. For example … Both sides of each wood stave are milled at a precise angle to mate perfectly to their neighbors. The angle varies depending on the diameter of the hot tub we're building. Manufacturing and inventorying staves with different angles is more complicated and costly than using staves cut at the same angle or using "one size fits all" ball and socket staves for all hot tub diameters, but it's the best way to ensure our hot tubs are "tight as a drum." Similarly, dowelling the bottom boards of each hot tub together is more labor intensive but makes the strongest bottom. We even powder-coat our marine grade aluminum stoves to give extra protection against corrosion from calcium and other water-borne minerals.

  • Snorkel ® Hot Tubs are made of premium-grade, hand-selected and matched Western Red Cedar. We use only clear (100% knot-free), all heartwood cedar because it's highly durable and rot resistant — frequently used in premium roofing shingles, siding, and other exterior applications.
  • Each stave is mitered at a precise angle to provide water-tight contact with adjoining staves. The angle depends on tub diameter and the number of staves used in each tub.
  • All staves are milled from 2 x 6" stock that's more expensive than narrower lumber used in some other wooden tubs. We use wider stock because it's easier for you to assemble and makes a better tub with fewer joints.
  • Our wood is kiln-dried to a residual moisture content of about 8%. When you fill your tub, the dried wood absorbs water and swells 2 - 4%. That's from 4.5" to 9" of expansion around the circumference of a 6' diameter tub, making all joints leak-proof and watertight.
  • Each board is individually inspected and graded to our exacting specs. We use only clear (knot-free) heartwood with no imperfections. This kind of physical integrity ensures you a trouble free hot tub.
  • Tub bottom is the critical "foundation" of your hot tub. We hand-select and match every bottom board. All are finish jointed, then drilled and doweled together. This is a labor-intensive process but it ensures your hot tub's trouble-free operation and long life. The tub bottom is supported by 4" x 6" treated wooden chime joists
  • Steel hoops bind the tub components tightly together for perfect stave alignment and permanent stability. Handsome stainless steel hoops, copper or zinc plated are optional.
  • Tub fence separates you from the wood stove for safety yet allows free circulation of water.
  • Precision-cut kits come with absolutely everything, right down to a ratcheting box wrench to tighten the hoops' lug nuts and a rubber mallet to seat the staves without damaging them.

Tub Specifications and Heat Rate Chart

Tub Size Gallons Weight 11 kW Elec. Header 100 BTU Gas Heater Snorkel Stove Scuba Stove
  Approximate Temperature Rise (°F/hr)
4 x 3 209 1910 22 51   36
4 x 4 290 2596 16 37   26
5 x 3 336 3032 14 32 45 22
5 x 4 467 4129 10 23 32 16
6 x 3 495 4422 9 21 30 15
6 x 4 686 6028 7 15 22 11
7 x 3 683 5984 7 16 22 11
7 x 4 947 8174 5 11 16 8
8 x 3 902 7870 5 12 17 8
8 x 4 1251 10727  4 8 12 6

The Snorkel Mallet and Wrench

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