What is a Wilderness Bath?
Wilderness Bath was developed and popularized by the hippie culture of the late 1960s, where inspiration was found in the Japanese wooden bathtub Furo. The wilderness bath came seriously to Scandinavia in the 1990s, and since then the products have been developed. This means that today there is the possibility of fiberglass insert, bluetooth speakers, advanced pumps and electrical connection.
The wilderness bath is traditionally a wooden barrel which has the same function as an outdoor hot tub. It is popular to combine the classic wooden barrel with a fiberglass insert - Most people choose this solution if they want jets like a hot tub.
The most common error purchase for a wilderness bath is that the price is looked at over the entire package: the size of the tub, which accessories are included and which wood is the tub made of? The cheapest tubs are made of spruce and pine, but these types of wood do not last long and can be difficult to maintain. That is why we use durable and solid Canadian PEFC certified cedar for all our wilderness baths. Cedar is a type of wood that is self-impregnated, which means that it can last for many years without a surface treatment. Cedar wood has the excellent property of containing "thujaplicin", which is a herb and antifungal agent that allows the wood to be used untreated and achieve a working life of more than 50 years. The well-known totem poles are also made of cedar and many still stand after more than 1000 years.
Lighting your wilderness bath
Wilderness baths are usually heated with the help of a wood stove, but in recent years it has become popular to supplement with a heater, which makes it easy to regulate the temperature of the water in the tub. In all Nordkap Living models the heater is included in the price - This is not seen anywhere else on the market at Nordkap Living’s low prices.
Location of your wilderness bath
The location of your wilderness bath is very important, so you avoid the barrel being uneven and unstable. It is important to choose a location that is stable and level. A wilderness bath is heavy - with a weight of between 150-350 kg for the tub and oven only. In addition, 500-3000 kg in the weight and burn of the water as well as the additional weight of the persons in the bath.
Therefore, Nordkap Living recommends that you set up tiles, boards or other types of solid substrate in the form of pebbles, etc. You can also choose to cast a solid substrate, but remember to provide air under the tub, avoiding sponge and advice.
Wilderness baths that also go under the hot tub, wilderness tubs and Finnish baths are extremely popular in the US and Canada. In America, however, they have a broader definition of a wilderness bath than the traditional bathtub we see in Europe. In Europe, wilderness baths have the greatest popularity in Scandinavia and the Baltic States. In Denmark, Sweden and Norway, it is a popular investment for cottages, holiday homes and log cabins.
Wilderness Baths - Wellness and quality of life all year round.
With a wilderness bath from Nordkap Living you can enjoy the luxury of bathing outdoors. You can combine the cold months with the cozy moments at home with family or in the cottage with friends. Enjoy the perfect combination between the pleasant warm water and the fresh breeze outside the tub. It is wellness and quality of life at a high level.
All our models are equipped with a heater, which helps warm the tub faster. The heater also acts as a regulator, so you are free to leave the tub to fill more fuel if the water starts to get cold.
The heater usually costs DKK 2500 - 3000 in extra from other manufacturers.
All components are included in our price, so you get the whole package at one price.
- Wilderness bath in PEFC certified cedar.
- Powerful staircase
- Insulating cover
- External stove of up to 30kW performance
- 3kW heater
- Pump and filter
- Hygienic and bactericidal ozonator system
At Nordkap Living we offer different models according to wishes, sizes and budget. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like assistance with purchasing your wilderness bath.
Ongoing maintenance of wilderness baths
A wilderness bath is a so-called low-tech product, which means it is easy to maintain, clean and use in everyday life. Nordkap Living’s barrels are made from a natural material - cedar. All the barrels are produced in Canadian certified cedar in thick boards, which are characterized by the great aesthetic appearance durability. You can advantageously leave the water in the barrel in the summer so that the barrel does not dry out. Also, it is recommended to empty the tub in the winter with very severe frost.
There will be a short period at the beginning where the barrel will be a bit leaky as the tree should have time to expand.
We recommend that you treat the wood on the outside of the barrel with a tree oil for extra strength and protection for the boards.
Hygiene and cleaning of the barrel - How do I?
For optimum enjoyment of the bath, the water must be perfectly clean. The wastewater treatment plant helps keep the bath water clean. Nordkap Living recommends using the same chemical kits used in an outdoor spa to ensure a hygienic water quality.
A starter kit with or without chlorine:
Strips to measure the pH of the water as the proper pH is the starting point for good water quality.
Chlorine loss or Oxy Active to keep bacteria, algae and the like away. They are always added in a dispenser as direct contact with the tree is not recommended.
pH-Minus is used to regulate the pH value. The Danish water has a high pH value, and it usually rises when the water is filled with sweat, skin debris, hair, dirt from nature and the like.
The filter says all the dirt in the water from. The filter should be cleaned in between with the Filter Clean and replaced when it is too worn to be cleaned again.
If the water is standing still for a long period of time and algae and grease deposits occur, then it is recommended to clean the barrel internally with the use of soap shavings or brown soap. If you clean your wilderness bath with soap, remember to rinse thoroughly with water to avoid part of the system being exposed to the soap.