Hot Tub DIY From A Stock Tank Pool

Disclosure: We are not electricians. Please read how we turned our stock tank pool into hot tub at your own discretion. Always use/consult a certified electrician when installing your pool and pool heater. Always disconnect your pool pump and heater from electricity before getting in the water.

Well, it’s the first day of Fall, and folks are starting to shut down their stock tank pools. And while it’s always sad to see summer fade away, I know you are so excited about everything cozy. This is why we are excited to show you how we turned our stock tank pool into a hot tub!

Back in 2018 we turned our stock tank pool into a hot tub, and it was A LOT of work! We rigged up an electrical heater (we literally built the entire thing) and got our 8’ pool up to a nice hot tub temperature. The only problem was that it took SO long to heat up. I think we ran it for an entire day, or two, to reach that temperature. And all the while the tank was letting out heat. Anyway, it’s safe to say that it wasn’t very efficient. It did work though, and some of you may have even seen the tutorial before we decided to take it down this year.

The good news is that we have figured out something better that is pretty simple to put together. We used this spa heater we found on Amazon. It’s very affordable, but it doesn’t have a plug end, which is where an electrician comes in. The heater connects inline to our pool pump hoses and turns on when there’s enough water flow to trigger it.

We are using the Intex 1000 GPH pool pump and it was strong enough to keep the heater on. We read some folks reviews saying they had a pump that wasn’t strong enough, but ours is working perfectly. This means you could use this heater with a 1000 GPH or anything bigger. I would not suggest using a smaller pump.

If you need instructions on how to install the Intex 1000 GPH pump, check out our video by clicking here!

We were very impressed with how fast this heated the water, given our past with heating the stock tank pool. But there is one very crucial thing you must do no matter what you heat your pool with- INSULATE!

Let me tell you, the metal on a stock tank pool is not going to keep the heat inside your pool. It’s going to let that heat out almost as fast as it comes in. We decided we needed to make a koozie or jacket of sorts for our stock tank. To do that we used reflectix, a very thick wool rug pad, and flannel fabric. You don’t have to go this route- there are many ways that you could insulate your stock tank pool. However, you definitely need to do something if you actually want to use your stock tank as a hot tub. You also need a cover. We plan on making an insulated cover, but for now we are draping a tarp over it and it’s working just fine!

We turned our heater off one evening and the water was at 102 degrees. In the morning the water was 94 degrees. This means that this stock tank koozie/jacket situation actually works and is crucial for being able to keep your hot tub water warm. You definitely don’t want to have to heat your water from something like 52 degrees every time you want to use it.

If you don’t want to deal with electric (besides your pump, of course) you can always opt for a gas tankless water heater. This one is a great option as it heats more water faster than other ones and it is specifically made for being outdoors!

Okay, so you probably want to know how I connected this part to our pump, and I will do my best to explain. Please note that these are instructions for using the 1000 GPH pump. I will note how to alter for the 1500 GPH Pump or 2500 GPH Pump. Here are all the things I purchased:

Step 1. Cut your PVC into two parts. I used a mitre saw and my pieces are 10” each.

Step 2. Attach the Type A Hose Adapters to the PVC. These fit on the inside of the pipe. You need one on each piece of PVC. I originally used sealant on to seal these two pieces, but the water pressure was too high on one side. I ended up using JB Weld Marine Weld on that side. I followed the instructions and then put the material on the outside of the adapter and the inside of the PVC pipe and let the pieces cure.

Step 3. (Skip this step for 1500 or 2500 GPH pumps.) Create the extra piece for the pump hose to connect to. I took a Swimline Adapter, cut off the section with the threads with a mitre saw, then sanded the edges. I then took Type B Hose Adapter and cut off the lip on the smaller end. This took some finagling but some wire cutters did the job best. I then fit the Type B Adapter into the Swimline adapter. It’s a tight fit, but I used Marine weld again to secure them to each other.

Step 4. Attach your PVC to the heater with PVC cement. Follow the instructions on the kit. The PVC pieces will fit right into the pieces attached to the pump.

Step 5. Once everything has cured for the correct times, it’s time to attach the heater section to the pool pump. Turn your plunger valves to the locked position. Disconnect the hose from the lower outlet plunger valve. If you have a 1500 or 2500 GPH pump, you will completely remove the hose and replace it with the new heater section. If you have the 1000 GPH pump, you will connect the hose to the extra piece from step 3 and then attach the heater to the plunger valve and the extra piece now attached to the hose.

Turn your pump on to make sure there aren’t any leaks and everything is flowing smoothly. If you heater is connected to electricity safely, it will automatically turn on when your pump flow water through it. So you’ll just sit back and relax and wait for the water to heat.

If you turn your stock tank pool into a hot tub this season, we’d love to see your pics! Tag us on Instagram @stocktankpool for a chance to be featured!

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We will provide you a beautifully decorated glamping bell tent with all the amenities. Want to glamp in your backyard? On your family’s land? Visit a Tennessee State Park? Stay at a dope Hipcamp site? We’ve got your setup covered. We can deliver the ultimate glamping experience to anywhere within a 40 mile radius of 37216. Want to camp a little further and/or set it up yourself? Or set up just the tent for an event or other situation? Contact us for pricing. 

Your rental includes:
+ A roomy 16 ft bell tent
+ Free set up and deliver all items below within a 40 mile radius of 37216. 
+ Queen bed with a bed frame and a top of the line air mattress 
+ Bed linens
+ 2 pillows
+ A blue tooth enabled record player w/ records ** 
+ String lights ** 
+ Coffee table/bench 
+ 2 chairs inside 
+ 2 chairs outside 
+ An indoor rug 
+ Small outdoor rug 
+ Lamp ** 
+ Battery operated lanterns 
+ Pouf 
+ Bedside table
** These options are available if you chose to camp in a place that provides electricity

The Kitchen Kit Includes:
+ camp stove w/one propane canister
+ lighter
+ 4 plates
+ utensils
+ dish towel
+ knife
+ cutting board
+ French press
+ frying pan
+ can opener
+ table cloth
+ cloth napkins
+ roasting sticks

Cancellation Policy
After 48 hours, if you choose to cancel you will only get a 50% refund of your reservation cost. If there is a severe weather event (rain is not severe) we will work with you to get your dates rescheduled.

Security Deposit
We require a $500 refundable deposit upon booking. If upon inspection the tent and all rental pieces are in good shape still, your full deposit will be refunded within 7 days of the last day of your rental.

How to Paint Your Stock Tank Pool with Plasti Dip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Plasti Dip. All opinions are 100% mine.

Well, after 4 years it finally happened. We painted the outside of our stock tank pool. This is one of the questions we get asked the most, “how should I paint a stock tank?” Today we’re going to tell you how you can paint your stock tank pool using Plasti Dip. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to try out Plasti Dip products on our tank.

In a nutshell, Plasti Dip is an air-dry, protective, specialty rubber coating and has a lot of uses. It’s flexible, doesn’t crack, and it’s peelable and removable on most surfaces. Some people even paint their cars with it! They have a wide selection of colors to choose from, and they even have glow in the dark colors.

We were happy to give our tank a face lift. Our pool is 4+ years old and on its fifth summer season, so the galvanization has completely worn off. It was looking a little worn and sad. With that said, because the galvanized layer was off, we did not have to sand our tank. If you are going to be painting your tank and it’s brand new, then you are going to first need to sand off the shiny layer. ALL of it.
Here is the design that Savannah came up with using Photoshop. This was really helpful when we were painting the pool because we always had something to refer back to. This step isn’t necessary but helpful.

Alright let’s get on with it!. Read below to find out how we painted our stock tank pool:

Step 1. Get your area ready. We covered up the concrete with brown craft paper so we didn’t get any of the Plasti Dip on the ground.

Step 2. Prep your surface- so what you do here will just depend on the condition of your tank. Everyone should start with a clean tank. You will likely need to sand off the galvanized layer. This process can take some time and you need to sand more than you think. We’ve done this on other pools and it’s not our favorite thing.

Step 3. We first sprayed the tank with a layer of white Plasti Dip. Shop now on Amazon

We actually used 7 coats to get the tank as white as we wanted it. The key with spraying this product is to go more slowly than you want to. If you spray it too quickly, you will not get as much product on the tank. Use slow short strokes. You should wait 30 minutes between each layer before adding another layer.

A blue bowl on a table

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This was after 2 coats.

A pool table

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And after 7 coats!

Step 4. After the Plasti Dip is completely dried (we waited 3 or 4 hours) we applied the stencils. We sprayed adhesive on the back of the stencil so it would stick to the tank. We had so many little details in the stencils that this step was crucial.

Step 5. We sprayed the different colors of Plasti Dip according to the design. Savannah was able to layer the paint colors to really customize the colors. She did this simply by spraying thin layers of color over top of each other. If you have stencils that will overlap like ours did, you will want to wait until each design has dried before overlapping another stencil on top of that one.

Step 6. Peel back your stencils and enjoy!

A few notes: We made our own stencils but there are several places that sell stencils you can buy yourself.

Because you are going to ask- can this be used on the inside of the pool? No.

Plasti Dip can be peelable. Tired of your design? You can peel the paint right off. We have not tried this because we like our design and we just did it :) They have another product you can add before you paint that helps make the product permanent. We did not apply this product and I will say, the Plasti Dip does not seem like it’s going to easily peel off. Meaning ours seems like it’s going to stick until we decide we really want to peel it off.

Plasti Dip was easy to work with and sprayed on better than other rubber coating products we have worked with. Get yours at Amazon.

We LOVE the results and are so happy with how our tank turned out. We will update you in the future on how this holds up in the long run.

If you want more stock tank pool information, check out our blog dedicated to this very topic. Also check out our stock tank pool Instagram- @stocktankpool.

We hope you enjoyed this as much as we did!