This hot tub is missing fire. That’s what I have decided. Even though I installed the hot tub right next to the fire pit, let’s be honest, I’m not building a fire every time some yahoo wants to get into the hot tub. The lights are cool, but I just felt like it needed more.
First I needed to build a shelf on the hot tub. Somewhere to set drinks and towels and what not. My mother has been over almost ever night, since I turned it on. She just makes up random excuses “here are those ice cube trays you wanted 6 years ago, might as well hit the hot tub while I’m here”. Then she yells at me to make her a strawberry cucumber lime aide (a drink she discovered at pf changs). And then she yells at me that she doesn’t have anywhere to put her drink.
First I bought some brackets. I want to attach this shelf directly to the tub. Then I attached strips of pressure treated wood to the brackets with stainless bolts, for something to screw the decking to.
Then I picked up 3 pieces of composite decking, the same stuff I’ve been using in other areas of the house.
I 45’d all the ends. Then bolted it all to the tub.
It’s really not that dirty, stupid flash. As you can see I 45’d the 2 edges and made a “side” to the shelf so that you don’t see the brackets. I did the same on the other side.
I had orginally planned on counter sinking my fire pots into the this shelf and making them a permanent part of the whole set up. But as you can see the shelf is lower than the top of the tub. I did that so that the cover wouldn’t hit the shelf.
I decided I wanted to make a denatured alcohol fire pot. You can order these on Ebay or whatever. I did some research on them about a year ago. They are kind of expensive on ebay. Basically, you pour the alcohol into a container and set it on fire, and it burns slowly. Kind of like a Sterno can.
First I went to Lowes and picked up two stainless steel smoker boxes for $9.99 each. I then bought a tube of JB weld. Funny thing, I have never used JB weld, but I knew it was what I needed for this job. The box isn’t water proof. So I put JB weld in the corners to make it water/fire proof. Probably why the ones on ebay are so expensive.
Then I welded it to a 4 x4. I also screwed a 2 x4 to the back. to make it more stable, and to prop the lid up. Pretty much all you do is fill this thing up, and set it on fire.
I only have half the cover off, and only have one of them going in the picture, but, you get the idea. Not bad for 25 bucks.