Help the earth - while soaking in a hot tub!
20 Mar 2008
With wood and fire, two New Zealand entrepreneurs are doing their bit to reduce global warming.
Christchurch men Adrian Harris and Mark Walker have developed a hot tub that uses no electricity or chemicals, and sustainably harvested wood.
The pair's Mahootus hot tubs are built using traditional barrel making techniques - interlocking wood panels held together with steel bands, without glue or nails.
Dunedin-made copper burners heat the tubs in 90 minutes, fuelled by firewood or liquid petroleum gas. Chemicals are not needed in the tub because of the efficiency of the burner.
Walker came up with the idea after seeing hot tubs with in-built wood burners when living in a remote part of Arizona.
When the lights go out in Christchurch for Earth Hour on 29 March, Harris says he plans to enjoy a long soak in one of his tubs.
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