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Aibu wood burning hot tub?

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Bigbumfatthighs Sun 03-Mar-19 22:14:06

New to this, looking to get unbiased views! We’ve recently installed a wood burning hot tub in our garden. We generally use it Saturday and Sunday evenings which involves starting a small fire with wood once alight we add smokeless coal for a slow burn to heat the water. Yesterday I started the burner at just gone 4pm, I always check neighbours don’t have washing out etc prior and never start it in the day time. Within 10 mins a neighbour 2 doors down knocked to complain the smoke was blowing into her garden , I apologised and explained i had added coal and the smoke should be dying down shortly which it did. That night at 8pm she then shouted out her window that the smoke was going into her house. For reference it’s blowing an absolute gale in our region so I’m not sure how she could smell it. So as not to drip feed I think we are good neighbours generally, always take parcels in , don’t park on the road, no loud parties etc. We live in a pretty busy housing estate and although I know it’s not ideal I kind of think you have to deal with some noise / environmental pollution living in a built up area. The smell produced is similar to a bbq if that helps and the flume reaches the top of the house. Are we BU ?

steppemum Sun 03-Mar-19 23:15:42

we have a woodburning stove.
Our chimney is about a metre above the level of the guttering, so pretty much at chimney level.
One or two neighbours have them, theirs come out at chimney level.

In any of the gardens, you cannot smell smoke at all. Occasionally walking down the street, you might get a slight whiff. We burn ours every weekend, and there is, 99% of the time, no smoke smell at all in the garden, in the house, and no smoke coming in through windows etc

You sound as if you are making a lot more smoke than that. if she can smell it, your chimney isn't high enough. If smoke is going in through her windows, your chimney isn't high enough. If your garden or hers smells like a bonfire, even for that first half an hour, your chimney isn't high enough.

sorry, but I think a neighbour having a BBQ/bonfire every single weekend, that smelt enough to come in my windows, would be a pain. A wood burner is no different, which is why the chimneys have to be at chimney height, not at second storey height.

Notcontent Sun 03-Mar-19 23:14:21

I am sorry to say that these sorts of things are ok if you live a long way from other people but not ok if you have other houses close by.

FascinatingCarrot Sun 03-Mar-19 23:11:21

Was the coal smokeless. It does have its has its own smell, and can be pretty harsh. Maybe it was that and not the wood?
As an aside I would so sit in a heated hotub in a gale grin

IHateUncleJamie Sun 03-Mar-19 23:04:52

Personally I would be irritated by this every single Saturday and Sunday night; yes it’s your garden but assuming you live in a row of houses close together then your hot tub is impacting on potentially lots of people.

As an aside, why the hell would you want to be sat outside in a hot tub in a howling gale? confused

TheSmallAssassin Sun 03-Mar-19 23:03:53

I think you mean flue, rather than flume! Unless you've got a slide into your hot tub 😁

stayathomegardener Sun 03-Mar-19 23:00:39

Yabu woodsmoke in small doses is lovey. Although not every night or in a housing estate.
Coal smoke on the other hand I think smells awful.

SwedishEdith Sun 03-Mar-19 22:58:39

We rented a house on holiday with one of these. But it was in the middle of the French countryside with the owners of our rented house on one side and fields on the other. It was lovely but I can't imagine they're at all suitable for a suburban housing estate.

Estonian hot tubs - like this. Very nice though. Much nicer than a chemical hot tub thing.

FlossieTeacakesFurCoat18 Sun 03-Mar-19 22:56:29

The gale will be what's blowing the smoke into her house! Of course she can smell it! I think YABU, sorry.

Bigbumfatthighs Sun 03-Mar-19 22:45:36

We’ve got an extended flume on ours so it reaches the top of our house however the neighbour does have a three story so that might be the issue..

MrsBungle Sun 03-Mar-19 22:40:12

I think yabu. She can obviously smell it or there’d be nothing to complain about - she wouldn’t even notice. Every Friday and Saturday I think is antisocial.

MyKingdomForBrie Sun 03-Mar-19 22:36:50

I think people wading in don't get the set up at all - it's not an open fire in OP garden, it's exactly the same as having a wood burner in the house and it does not make anything smell of smoke like an open fire does!

YANBU OP she's just being a misery.

Bluntness100 Sun 03-Mar-19 22:34:52

Thr clue on these is quite short, it's not like a log burner in your house where it comes out at roof level, this is a few feet, so clearly going to piss thr neighbours off if you live in close promising to others.

Isitmybathtimeyet Sun 03-Mar-19 22:33:50

You're BU to have such a polluting item full stop. Even 'smokeless' fuel releases particulates, let alone coal.

Whatdoyouknowwhenyouknownowt Sun 03-Mar-19 22:33:14

I have one & it's not a small fire unless your tub is minute. Plus it's for a long, long time. I can tell the difference between wood & coal...coal is just acrid. How close are your houses?

Faster Sun 03-Mar-19 22:32:53

See to me if the smell was in my house for several hours at the weekends I would find that just as intrusive as the noise from a party for example. And I certainly wouldn’t be just getting over it. I’d be making sure you knew exactly how I felt each time it happened. Why should your enjoyment trump other people’s enjoyment of their homes?

Smilingthru Sun 03-Mar-19 22:32:04

Absolutely would do my head in if it was every sat and sun every week!!! Selfish for both weekend nights. If u can smell others then u must know people can smell yours too?? Not every likes or wants to smell it! YABVU

Bigbumfatthighs Sun 03-Mar-19 22:29:09

The flume in which the smoke exits is roof level , although once the wood has burnt and only coal remains there’s very little smoke

endevo Sun 03-Mar-19 22:26:36

This would annoy me a lot too

soulrider Sun 03-Mar-19 22:26:30

I'm presuming the smoke isn't exiting via a chimney at roof level?

cheaperthebetter Sun 03-Mar-19 22:25:25

Just ignore her!
She will get over it!
Enjoy your hot tub 😊

MrsTerryPratcett Sun 03-Mar-19 22:21:26

I love the smell so you can move in next to me.

PrestonsFlowers Sun 03-Mar-19 22:21:02

How very unusual to have a wood burner hot tub, and to light it when a storm is forecast.

Duckyneedsaclean Sun 03-Mar-19 22:20:12

I absolutely hate it when dh has a fire in the garden, the house stinks of smoke for days afterward. I can only imagine how much it is getting on her nerves if you're burning wood twice every weekend.

Bigbumfatthighs Sun 03-Mar-19 22:19:54

It’s effectively a log burner submerged in water so exactly the same, a few people have them round here as I can smell it in the air but couldn’t tell which ones, logs go on first to get heat then smokeless coal to keep the heat

MrsEricBana Sun 03-Mar-19 22:19:43

I tend to think yabu if you are making bbq level of smoke on a Sat and Sun evening at this time of year that other people can smell inside their houses, despite the fact that you definitely sound as though you are trying your best to be considerate. I don't think I'd like it. Sorry.

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