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Electric or gas hot tub?

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Mar 24, 2006
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Electric or gas hot tub?

Live in Ontario and looking to get a freestanding hot tub. Wouldn't get it until next year. Plan to use it year round. If going gas, need to do the line now while yard is ripped up.

Would you install a gas or electric hot tub?
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Feb 27, 2007
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Can you even get a freestanding gas hot tub?

I'm actually being serious - a quick google doesn't show any, and any gas heaters for spas seem more like it's for a built-in or combo spa/pool system like you see in the southern US.
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Oct 15, 2007
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lily99 wrote: Live in Ontario and looking to get a freestanding hot tub. Wouldn't get it until next year. Plan to use it year round. If going gas, need to do the line now while yard is ripped up.

Would you install a gas or electric hot tub?
Natural gas or propane?
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Nov 13, 2010
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I'd run the gas, it will be cheaper in the short term until they carbon tax it to make electrical the same; TBH I would service it with both to stay flexible but that's me.
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Many variables to consider but has will heat quicker, which is especially beneficial in canada
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Jan 25, 2007
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I actually had this discussion with my brother who is a PEng with what was Union Gas and now Enbridge about why there aren’t MORE gas hot tubs. It was at least 10 years ago, so excuse any discrepancies.

Basically, the thermal cost to heat a small body of water like that vs the thermal cost to keep a small insulated body of water at a constant temp is very close to the same. So my thoughts of keeping the tub at 80 degrees or less and then heating it only when i want to use it only makes sense if I get a hot tub and dont use it much. The other issue is that gas heaters tend to heat like crazy and dont scale well. They are either on and blasting 140+ degree water its too hot to sit in front of, or off and not heating.

Thank you for coming to my I heard it from my smart sibling 10 years ago talk.

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