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, whether that is 55 degrees, 40 degrees, or 32 degrees which is how we like it! Here is a video on how to set your desired temperature: https://youtu.be/IDxNLzdr1lc
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EACH FORGE MODEL?
Cold Forge makes ice and does not have filtration, so the water needs changed 1-2 times per month and has a two year warranty meant for personal use. Filtered Forge has a galvanized steel tub with filtration and a two year warranty meant for personal use. Prism Forge has a 16g custom designed stainless steel tub with filtration and a five year warranty meant for personal and commercial use.
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. Check out more about Ozone here: https://www.morozkoforge.com/post/ozone-cold-water-a-perfect-match
You will clean your inlet strainer, similar to the way you clean your dryer lint filter after a load of laundry. It will collect towel and clothing lint, hair and other debris. Here is an instructional video for how to: https://youtu.be/_92r6l4wB2g
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. You can also easily remove your filter cartridge to clean it by hosing it off with your garden hose shown here: https://youtu.be/ilZFzPUfE9k
Unfiltered Forges require regular water changes 1-2 times per month 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 leave your filtration on 24/7 to keep the water moving and avoid freezing. We use a marine grade spar urethane to protect your Forge in any environment.
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 Filtered and Prism 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 your 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!
DOES THE COLD FORGE ARRIVE PRE-ASSEMBLED?
Yes! Your Forge will be delivered via freight carrier. A dispatch coordinator will contact you to set a window of time for your delivery. They will use a liftgate to drop it off in your driveway. We recommend having a couple sets of hands nearby to help you move it to your desired location. Once you unwrap it, all you have to do is fill it up, plug it in, and turn it on! Make sure to leave about 6-8 inches of room from the top so you don't overfill it when getting in. Check it out here: https://youtu.be/g1hK8MPoI8Y
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 2 years from the date of delivery on our Cold Forge and Filtered Forge. We provide a 5 year warranty for our Prism Forge with custom stainless steel tub.
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 marine grade polyurethane to protect the wood against water and sun damage. We do offer custom design options for an additional charge.
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.