Technically speaking, Earth Day was earlier this week but it’s never too late to think about ways to spend more time outside. Last month, when the heavy snow finally started to recede, my mind turned to fire pits, pizza ovens, and outdoor water projects. I’ve long wanted something more substantial out back than the Weber grill. But I must admit this cast-iron outdoor bathtub definitely rivals an outdoor shower in my mind.
I wonder how long it would take to heat the water. Alternately, a hot and cold water valve could be hooked up outdoors and the spigot connected to a hose. Practically speaking there are a host of maintenance issues. Is the drain plug rubber or old-fashioned metal? Is the tub difficult to clean? Does the owner cover it during during the winter like a pool? Does it just drain onto the patio and the lawn? Then there are safety questions. With the fire blazing under the tub, does the whole side get too hot to get in or out safely? Cast iron isn’t a great conductor of heat but when it does get hot, it’s slow to cool.
Some people would use a salvage tub like this one, in the Connecticut woods, as a planter. But the person who propped this up on blocks so a wood fire could be lit underneath, really understands the essence of rustic outdoor living.
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