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Northern Lights is the only hot tub company in North America to offer a Hybrid Heating System that allow users to utilize both gas and electricity together. Gas heaters do not work below freezing so this give owners the greatest flexibility.
Via a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, the benefits of hot tub therapy proved to benefit persons with Type 2 Diabetes. After a 10-day routine of 30 minutes a day soaking in a hot tub, patients experienced distinct changes in their bodies like “reduced doses of insulin, lost weight…and an increased general sense of well-being.”
Hot Tub “Jets” Came from early aircraft machinists, The Italian Jacuzzi Brothers invented the jets. They then went on to create a portable whirlpool pump for a relative suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. They started their own company call Jacuzzi which is still in business today.
Before Electricity Hot Stones were used to heat up water of ancient hot tubs. The hot tubs were generally made from marble and the hot stones were added to raise the temperature.
Northern Lights is the only hot tub manufacture to offer Cold Weather Heat Pumps. These heat pumps work in temperatures as low as 20 F. The heat pumps can also be used to chill a tub for cold water immersion or for relief in hot summer climates.
The first wooden hot tubs began to appear in the 1960's in California. Inspired by the Japanese Ofuro, these early prototypes were still made from used oak barrels, wine tanks and olive vats from nearby wineries.
As early as 460 BC the health benefits of hot tubs were known. Hippocrates, the founder of systematic medicine, recommended hydrotherapy as the treatment of disorders such as jaundice and rheumatism.
A hot tub will also release endorphins, which make us feel good about ourselves and also act as our body’s painkillers, help strengthen our immune system, help to prevent headaches and help with sleep problems.
While cedar is great for our hot tubs, the significance of the western red cedar tree goes back 1000s of years. Coastal people used all parts of the tree. They used the wood for dugout canoes, house planks, bentwood boxes, clothing, and many tools such as arrow shafts, masks, and paddles. The inner bark made rope, clothing, and baskets. The long arching branches were twisted into rope and baskets. It was also used for many medicines.
A wood hot tub is much deeper than an acrylic spa and the buoyancy effect of water, aids the joints and helps relieve arthritis and stiffness. This also affects tired muscles and helps them relax. The mere fact that our body feels lighter also helps us relax and take away some of the stress.
While warm water is widely known for its therapeutically benefits, cold water or cold water immersion has also become very popular both in the medical community as well as for athletes.
 
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Northern Lights Offers Many Luxurious and refreshing Cedar Barrel Hot Tubs

For 100's of years societies around the world have rejuvenated in the calming and healing pleasures of warm water. From as far back as the ancient Greeks, tales are spoken of the medicinal healing powers of bathing in natural hot springs.

The modern "hot tub" trend started in the 1960's in California, with people modifying large oak wine barrels into private soaking hot tubs. Cedar and Redwood hot tubs were soon introduced because of their natural resistance to decay. These woods have a great natural insulating property and expansion characteristics to form a very tight seal when wet. These California Hot Tubs were the grandfathers that the modern day wooden hot tub is modeled after. Northern Lights Cedar Tubs manufactures hot tubs using a balance of old world cooperage (barrel making) and modern design.

In the 1970s' plastic molding and injection hot tub shells were introduced and quickly these became the fad. The terms "spa" and "hot tub" became synonymous. As with most trends, the classic look of wood and its superior functionality gained a rebirth of the "wooden hot tub". The architectural appeal and unique styling of a wood hot tub could never be matched by plastics. And so, it is, the classic California hot tub has continued its legacy and grown in popularity as people look for simplicity and functionality in their hot tubs or spas.

Today Northern Lights Cedar Tubs Inc. is the world's leading supplier of Cedar Hot Tubs and Japanese soaking tubs. By integrating the old-world art of cooperage (barrel making) with modern advancements in manufacturing technologies combined with the best hot tub equipment, we can confidently say "Our Cedar Hot Tubs are simply the best!"

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At Northern Lights, we pride ourselves on producing quality wood hot tubs, this starts by selecting only the top grade of Clear Western Red Cedar. It's superiority to decay, and its sweat aromatic scent have made cedar the number one choice for hot tub construction. It's straight fibrous strands absorb water causing it to expand equally forming a permanent water tight seal. These same porous strands also give cedar one of the highest insulating values of all common woods. Cedar is the natural choice for all outdoor hot tubs and wood burning hot tubs!

We take the ancient art of barrel making (cooperage) and add modern day computer technology including Computer Aided Milling and Computer Aided Design (CAD). Our barrel hot tubs are built with strict tolerances. By using Laser Guided Milling machines, we guarantee that each Stave (wall board) is precisely the exact size. Our Quality Inspection Program, ensures that each wood tub leaves our factory knowing it will exceed our customer's high expectations. Our attention to detail is the reason that our cedar hot tubs are found in some of the world’s most prestigious resorts (See some of our hot tub awards and commercial projects)

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Our wooden hot tubs come in many different shapes and sizes, from our Classic Cedar hot tub to our Japanese Ofuro Tub. Our wooden hot tub sizes range from small 1 or 2 person hot tub such as our ofuro soaking tub to large round hot tubs seating up to large 10 person - family tub sales. Northern Light's incorporates the most modern hot tub technology from leading equipment manufacturers in the USA. We feature Balboa Water Group spa parts, (see our hot tub product specifications) including powerful but quiet 2-speed pumps, digital spa heaters with LCD top side controllers, advanced filter systems, and powerful jets (See Electric Hot Tub System) To compliment our wooden hot tubs, we also offer a variety of custom cedar accessories such as stairs, enclosures and side shelves. Our wooden spas are available with advanced chemical free sanitization systems such as ozonators and mineral ionizer Hot Tub Systems for those that prefer a milder, more natural alternative to bromine or chlorine sanitization in spas.

hottub guarantee Our hot tubs are available in 4 different heating configurations electric, gas, propane and wood fired hot tub versions. Our Environmentally friendly TimberLineTM Wood Fired Hot tub Heaters use no electricity and are great for off grid wood burning hot tub installations or those concerned about higher operating costs. These are typically found in cottage and are ideal for our smaller Ofuro soaking hot tub. Our Gas HybridTM Heating system in the only combination gas and electric heater on the market. It is a powerful but highly efficient 100,000 BTU natural gas or propane heater combined with our digital electric spa pack giving the customer the flexibility of heating choices. All our electric spa packs are controlled by the most advanced LCD digital top side controllers. Advanced features such as wireless options including Internet ready spa packs are available for remote monitoring.

SERVICE- one of the things that is often overlooked when purchasing a barrel hot tub is the support a customer will receive both during the sales cycle and extending well after the product is installed. Our company believes strongly in providing the best support for the life time of your product. We have been in business for over 15 years and continue to grow because of the personal attention we give each and every customer. This starts with the design of your tub, each tub is truly a unique extension of your backyard. No two installs are the same! Our Design Engineer works with each individual customer to ensure your dream tub suites the location and design you have imagined. Just see what our customers have to say! We also have a great selection of wholesale replacement hot tub parts online!

wood hot tubsPerhaps the most common question we are asked is the difference between a wood spa and a plastic tub. This can only be answered by one simple response "EXPERIENCE". The 48 high walls of a wood hot tub provide a much deeper soak, giving the body a buoyant floating effect. The pure simplicity in design matched with the advancement in hydro therapy technology allows the bather the pleasures of a simple soak while still providing the option of a full body massage. The circular seating arrangement is perfect for socializing. Of course add the sweet smell of western red cedar, and we know you will find our cedar hot tub EXPERIENCE is 2nd to none!

Check out our Hot Tub Specifications page where we point out what makes our cedar barrel hot tub superior to other round hot tubs. You can also find a many great articles in our wood hot tub article section or visit our Cedar Tub Blog to see what other have to say about wooden hot tubs!

 

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Testimonials

  • Hi Tim,

    Tub is assembled and sitting on the pad at the cottage. Looks Great!!!! I’ll go up next week to have the power installed, then we’ll be ready to go. Once the decks all... "Read More Testimonials"

    Hi Tim,

    Tub is assembled and sitting on the pad at the cottage. Looks Great!!!! I’ll go up next week to have the power installed, then we’ll be ready to go. Once the decks all done, I’ll send some pictures.

    Quality and materials were excellent! Documentation was accurate and very clear. Support was timely and appreciated.

    Thanks for everything!

    Judy

  • Thank you all and I have to say that I bought this tub from you guys about 10 years ago and I absolutely love every moment spent in it ! You guys make an awesome product and equally great service... "Read More Testimonials"

    Thank you all and I have to say that I bought this tub from you guys about 10 years ago and I absolutely love every moment spent in it ! You guys make an awesome product and equally great service :)

    Cheers

    WILL

  • Hey Guys – Long time no talk to,

    I need to tell you that I’m just blown away by the quality of the tub. The cedar staves, the shape, finish and thought that you’ve put into... "Read More Testimonials"

    Hey Guys – Long time no talk to,

    I need to tell you that I’m just blown away by the quality of the tub. The cedar staves, the shape, finish and thought that you’ve put into everything is simply outstanding. Well done guys. I’m telling all my friends where to find you.

    David Cunnigham

  • Dan,

    Great to hear from you. You have been terrific both with our new tub purchase as well as with questions or parts we needed after the sale.
    We originally purchased our tub from... "Read More Testimonials"

    Dan,

    Great to hear from you. You have been terrific both with our new tub purchase as well as with questions or parts we needed after the sale.
    We originally purchased our tub from you somewhere around 2003! We are believers in your company and are happy to talk you up. If you need any references, we're happy to speak to anyone about your company and the wonderful service you have provided.
    Best,

    Wayne

  • Dan,

    just wanted to let you know what a fabulous experience I had building and installing your Hot Tub. It is a perfect retreat in my back yard. Thank you for a wonderful... "Read More Testimonials"

    Dan,

    just wanted to let you know what a fabulous experience I had building and installing your Hot Tub. It is a perfect retreat in my back yard. Thank you for a wonderful product.

    Best Regards

    Rick Adams

  • I thought you might be interested in receiving an update...our hot tub is running perfectly, maintaining water levels and temperatures. It's an absolute joy! Thanks so much for all of your help and... "Read More Testimonials"

    I thought you might be interested in receiving an update...our hot tub is running perfectly, maintaining water levels and temperatures. It's an absolute joy! Thanks so much for all of your help and support. We really appreciate it.

    renda Michael, PEI, Canada

  • Hi Agnes,

    Sounds good. I am looking forward to getting the tub in operation again. I miss it a lot. It works wonders for lower back problems.

    Northern Lights is one of the best... "Read More Testimonials"

    Hi Agnes,

    Sounds good. I am looking forward to getting the tub in operation again. I miss it a lot. It works wonders for lower back problems.

    Northern Lights is one of the best companies I have dealt with and their Vice-President, Tim Musicky, goes all out for you. He is the person you would talk to if you are set on buying. Their technical advisor, Dieter Jung, has given me help on countless occasions, always prompt even when on vacation in Florida.

    A U.S. couple up from New York's Adirondacks for a viewing told me the cedar that Northern Lights uses does not compare in quality by any means to what California manufactures provide (a much thinner and composite product). Another couple from Northern California chose to go with the Canadian company as well.

    I have added a few extra pictures of the plumbing and circuit box.

    Looking forward to talking with you in the future.

    Dave Purdy , Ottawa , ON

  • Dan and Northern Lights Crew,

    I thought we should send a couple of photos I took of our newly-installed Northern Lights cedar tub so you could see its setting in our backyard in Ottawa. It... "Read More Testimonials"

    Dan and Northern Lights Crew,

    I thought we should send a couple of photos I took of our newly-installed Northern Lights cedar tub so you could see its setting in our backyard in Ottawa. It has made our long, cold winters considerably more fun, and we have no end of friends and neighbors volunteering to "test" it for us. We soak in wonderfully warm water, enjoy the gentle massage of the jets and the lovely aroma of cedar, and look out on the moonlit, snow-covered lawn or gaze up to see the stars twinkle through the trees. It's -20 or so, but do we care? Life doesn't get much better.

    Steve Cumbaa

  • Hi Dan

    Just a quick note to say thanks for your prompt attention, received the new heating elements on Friday and back in the tub by Saturday !

    Couldn’t get better service... "Read More Testimonials"

    Hi Dan

    Just a quick note to say thanks for your prompt attention, received the new heating elements on Friday and back in the tub by Saturday !

    Couldn’t get better service locally

    Thanks again,

    Phil (United Kingdom)

  • We love our tub. Our family of 4 is in it religiously every day. It is our get-away haven. I have owned an acrylic spa before and I can honestly say that the experience and enjoyment is not the same... "Read More Testimonials"

    We love our tub. Our family of 4 is in it religiously every day. It is our get-away haven. I have owned an acrylic spa before and I can honestly say that the experience and enjoyment is not the same as our new Northern Light Cedar Hot Tub. Keep up the good work!

    Kris Moroz (:

  • Tim,

    I was not a big hot tub fan before my husband ordered one of you tubs. However, it quickly became part of our lifestyle and I don't think I could ever give it up. I would say I am in... "Read More Testimonials"

    Tim,

    I was not a big hot tub fan before my husband ordered one of you tubs. However, it quickly became part of our lifestyle and I don't think I could ever give it up. I would say I am in your tub 1.5 times per day. It greatly helps my arthritis and is a must after a long golf game.

    D Jackson

  • We have owned one of your tubs for three years now, and have nothing but good to say. We have yet to have any problems with the pump or heating unit (knock on wood, Haa Haa). Our kids just love it... "Read More Testimonials"

    We have owned one of your tubs for three years now, and have nothing but good to say. We have yet to have any problems with the pump or heating unit (knock on wood, Haa Haa). Our kids just love it and we attribute their strong swimming skills to your tub. They learned to float and other basics in the tub. Thanks again!


    L & B Cranstone

  • We have a friend who bought one of your tubs and being our neighbor we have had the opportunity to enjoy it immensely. We are in the process of expanding our deck at the cottage to make room for one... "Read More Testimonials"

    We have a friend who bought one of your tubs and being our neighbor we have had the opportunity to enjoy it immensely. We are in the process of expanding our deck at the cottage to make room for one of your tubs. We hope to be in touch soon!

    Kevin Andrusiak

  • We recently purchased one of your Chofu Wood Fired tubs for our lake. Our only complaint is trying to keep the neighbors out. It is a show piece for our newly renovated cottage, and I must say the... "Read More Testimonials"

    We recently purchased one of your Chofu Wood Fired tubs for our lake. Our only complaint is trying to keep the neighbors out. It is a show piece for our newly renovated cottage, and I must say the kids love it too. Keep up the good work!

    L & T Mennard

  • I ordered your Hot Tub Kit and was skeptical as to my ability to assemble it. However you were correct about even the "not so handy" being able to assemble it. The instructions were very well... "Read More Testimonials"

    I ordered your Hot Tub Kit and was skeptical as to my ability to assemble it. However you were correct about even the "not so handy" being able to assemble it. The instructions were very well written, and I was up and running over the weekend. I appreciate your guidance through the whole process, and apologize for the frequent calls that you always responded to. I am one happy customer!

    Warren Suchar

  • I have owned your tub now for three years and have never shut it down (except to change the water and clean the filter). This might seem trivial if it weren't for the fact that our winters are... "Read More Testimonials"

    I have owned your tub now for three years and have never shut it down (except to change the water and clean the filter). This might seem trivial if it weren't for the fact that our winters are between -25 and -35 degrees consistently. As far as I am concerned your product is #1. I use my tub daily as a means to wind down after a stressful day at work. You can understand my immediate interest in your cedar saunas as we are in the process of completing our new home. Please send me more info as I am sure we will enjoy your sauna as much as we have your hot tub.

    Jon Richards

  • We love our Northern Lights Cedar Hot Tub! We've had our tub going steady for about 1-1/2 years and nothing stops us from using it every day. All our visitors who soak remind us that it's the best... "Read More Testimonials"

    We love our Northern Lights Cedar Hot Tub! We've had our tub going steady for about 1-1/2 years and nothing stops us from using it every day. All our visitors who soak remind us that it's the best soaking tub in the city. Thank You for a wonderful tubbing experience!

    Jef & Stacy Murphy

  • Hi Tim, I've completed the installation of my tub and ALL is well. Your instructions are flawless, materials superior and beautiful. I have yet to finish the deck surround but, when I do I'll send... "Read More Testimonials"

    Hi Tim, I've completed the installation of my tub and ALL is well. Your instructions are flawless, materials superior and beautiful. I have yet to finish the deck surround but, when I do I'll send Pix. One comment about the Chofu; at first glance, I doubted that the little thing would be up to the task. Let me tell you, it's more than capable, even surprising! The first time I filled and heated the tub the well water was 42degrees and the ambiant temp was 38. Within 6 hours the tub temp was 110! Keep up the good work.
    Yours,

    John D Cooper

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