DIY: How to build your own wood-fired cedar hot tub

Sitting in a hot tub can be a relaxing way to wash away the stresses of the day. But paying for a new hot tub can be a sizable investment that most homeowners are unable to make. Why not save yourself thousands of dollars and demonstrate your DIY mastery to the neighborhood with this homemade cedar hot tub? Plus, this wood-fired version won't put a strain on your electric bills.

According to Alyssa Craft for Make Magazine: "Because we live off grid, our electricity is limited. Though a full solar set up is our dream for the future, all we have right now is an electric generator. A propane-powered system was an option, but seeing that we live in the middle of the woods it seemed silly not to take advantage of the free wood fuel all around us.

Cedar hot tubs are expensive, costing anywhere from $3,000- $7,000 to buy. We wanted to go a cheaper route by getting deals on materials and doing everything ourselves, and we thought it would be useful to others if we documented the process. When everything was done, we had only spent about $850 for the entire project. Not too shabby. If you want to see a list of tools that were needed to complete this project look here, and keep reading for farther building instructions."

To learn more, read "Build a Rustic Cedar Hot Tub for Under $1,000" from Make Magazine.