Homemade towel warmer

inspectorjoeNovember 28, 2010

One thing that's been on my wish list for the 6 years my wife and I have had out hot tub is a towel warmer. We soak pretty much every night from October through April and rarely use the tub in the warmer months. I have a row of 6 wrought iron hanging plant holders that we use to hold robes, but when the air temp is 10 degrees, the towels get a tad bit chilly. Warm towels, while not a necessity, would be a nice little luxury.

I've looked online for outdoor towel warmers, but they tend to start at around $2,000, have more features than I want or need, and no one seems to have them in stock. At $2,000, warm towels is a luxury I can't afford.

I decided to make my own. I figure a simple wood box with a small 150 watt strip heater (or even a light bulb) in the bottom under a false floor would do the trick. Before I reinvent the wheel, I was wondering if anyone else made their own warming box. If so, does it work OK? Is there anything you would change about it?


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That might work. I hadn't considered one designed for indoor use, but I guess I could carry it out when needed and plug it into a GFCI receptacle. It only holds two large towels, though. Most of the time it's just my wife and me, but occasionally my stepdaughter or another couple (or two) join us.

At least buying one off the shelf, I'll have it to use. Making one, who knows when I'd get around to it. I'm a bit of a procrastinator.

For example, last spring one of the pump/motor units was going bad. Since we rarely use the tub in warm weather, I just cut the power and figured I'd fix it when I had a chance. By mid-summer, I figured the water must be getting pretty disgusting, but was afraid to look. By late summer I had built up enough courage to take a peek. My jaw dropped when I saw there was no water in it at all. I added water, only to discover it was pouring out a pump seal. I still didn't want to deal with it, as it's really shoehorned in with other components in front of it, so procrastinated some more. Well, it's been getting down to around 25 degrees at night lately, so if I didn't want the water that remains in the lines to freeze and cause major damage, I thought I'd better get on it. I just placed the order for a new pump/motor unit a half hour ago.

That first soak next week is going to feel extra nice.


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