HOW COLD DOES IT GET?
Our Cold Forges are the only ice baths in the world that make their own ice. You can set your preferred temperature. We like 32 degrees!
WHAT KIND OF MAINTENANCE DOES IT NEED?
Our filtered models use Ozone Generation to keep your water crystal clear without the need for harsh chemicals like chlorine.
The only regular maintenance required is monitoring water quality. As with a pool or spa, it's helpful to have your water pH, alkalinity, phosphorus, and other levels checked twice a month.
Filtered Forges will maintain clear, clean water for months (if not years, depending on usage) between filter changes. We recommend the Hayward C225 replacement cartridge when it is time to change your filter.
Unfiltered Forges require regular water changes to maintain water quality.
WHAT IS OZONE GENERATION FILTRATION?
The most powerful and safe disinfecting agent available for water treatment systems is ozone -- more powerful than chlorine and bromine, and safer because it consists only of pure oxygen. In short, ozone is terrific for cleaning water, which is why it is used in the most advanced drinking water treatment plants in the world. You can read more about Ozone here on our website.
CAN I KEEP MY COLD FORGE INDOORS?
It is designed for indoor or outdoor use. If you live in a snowy climate, you will take measures to drain and cap the filtration system to avoid freezing.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET COLD/MAKE ICE?
It will vary based on your location and the temperature of your tap water. If you want it to get cold immediately, you can jump start it with 1-200 lbs of ice. Otherwise, it will take approximately 24-48 hours to start cooling, and it can take up to 72 hours to begin making its own ice in warmer climates, like Arizona.
HOW DO YOU DRAIN IT? AND HOW OFTEN?
Filtered Forge comes with a detachable hose that can be used as a vacuum, or as a discharge hose, depending on the port to which you plug it. The hose attaches right into your regular garden hose, so you can use the Forge pump to discharge to a household drain, or outdoors.
The unfiltered models come with an aquarium pump and hose that will do the same job.
In our Yard, we use a shop vac to get the last inch of water out.
Our filtered Cold Forges only need the water changed if there is unexpected contamination. Our unfiltered Cold Forges will be changed as needed, approximately once per month, based on use.
DO I NEED TO UNPLUG IT IN ORDER TO USE IT? WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ELECTRIC SHOCK?
Leave it plugged in! The GFCI protection ensures that you won't experience stray electrical currents escaping from the Forge electrical system -- even if you spill a little water.
GFCI is the same protection that modern homes use in kitchens and bathrooms to prevent electrical injury in places that might get wet.
This ensures your safety in the Cold Forge whether it is on or off.
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE TEMPERATURE OF THE WATER?
Forgers use digital thermometers, aquarium thermometers, and infrared thermometers. There's usually some thermal stratification, so the water at the top will be warmer than the water on the bottom, so you'll get higher readings from floating thermometers. Another way to think about water temperature is this:
Fresh water freezes at 32F, so if you've got ice in your Forge, your water temp is close to freezing!
We also have a wireless thermometer available as an add on in our shop!
DOES THE COLD FORGE ARRIVE PRE-ASSEMBLED?
Your Forge weighs 250-350lbs, and if you're outside the Phoenix AZ metropolitan area, then it will arrive at your curb via common carrier, not via UPS, not FedEx, not the Postal Service. We buy space on trucks travelling from Phoenix to your area that have a little extra room, which saves you thousands of dollars on shipping costs. But, the truck drivers are not available to help you uncrate and install your Forge, because they have to deliver the rest of their load to their other customers. You'll need to meet the truck when it arrives. You'll need a claw hammer or a crow bar to dismantle the crate. You'll need one or two strong helpers to move your Forge to where you want it. We have a video to tell you a little more listed on our YouTube channel.
After that, you just fill it with water, plug it in, and let it make ice water for you!
HOW MUCH POWER (WATTS) DOES THE COLD FORGE USE?
The Forge uses about 650W, which is less than a small hair dryer (800W).
It runs on a standard three-pronged 110v power cord, no need for additional wiring or dedicated circuit.
Like your home refrigerator, most of the power goes to run the compressor that pumps the refrigerant. Some power runs the fans that cool the hot side coils, and on filtered models a small amount goes to run the filter pump and generate ozone.
HOW BIG IS IT? CAN I GET A CUSTOM DESIGN?
We offer three standard sized tubs; 4 foot, 5 foot and 6 foot.
In addition to the tub size these are the box dimensions:
4ft 70"L x 30"W x 30"H 250lbs
5ft 80"L x 30"W x 30"H 300lbs
6ft 90"L x 30"W x 30"H 350lbs
We offer custom designs by our in house engineering team for an additional charge.
WHAT DOES THE WARRANTY COVER?
The warranty covers everything, for two years from the date of delivery on our galvanized steel tubs and our stainless steel tubs for 5 years.
In the unlikely event you experience a defect in manufacture, we'll come to you and fix it.
IS THE WOOD STAINED OR SEALED?
Every Forge is sealed with polyurethane to protect the wood against water and sun damage. We don't apply stain. Although we could stain to standardize colors, we like that the wood products we are natural, unadulterated, and variable. That makes the color and grain of every Forge unique, and the variation is a metaphor for antifragility.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU RECOMMEND TAKING AN ICE BATH?
We believe a regular practice has the most benefits. Once per day is ideal, but like working out, even 3-5 times per week can have a beneficial impact on your health.
HOW LONG DO YOU RECOMMEND STAYING IN THE COLD?
You can achieve ultimate health benefits at 2 minutes. That is the minimum length of time we recommend, and you will notice it is time to get out by your shiver response. We really prefer to keep our plunges under ten minutes, until you are well versed in your own practice.