Easy Cellar is a book by Tom Griffith. The focus of the book is a do-it-yourself guide to building and maintaining a root cellar that will persist even if your region is the target of a nuclear strike.
Interested in survival techniques, we learned about this book because it was generating a great deal of polarized interest online. Many people praised the book, but there were some calling it a scam and other words not suited for print. That was all the motivation we needed to purchase the book, read it and try to build our own.
In this Easy Cellar review, we will cover our experiences and opinions.
What Is Easy Cellar?
This book contains all the information needed to build a root cellar and is often referred to as the Easy Cellar program. The author guides you through the panning phase—from the theoretical to the more practical aspects, such as choosing the ideal location. It then covers digging the hole, prepping it, building the walls, finishing the walls, implementing a ventilation system and so on and so forth.
About the Author: Tom Griffith
Tom Griffith is a retired site inspector who specialised in nuclear power plants. He had long wanted to build a cellar that would be a useful addition to his home but could also serve as a fallout shelter in the event of a disaster—nuclear or otherwise. His first project involved burying a shipping container, but that project failed and ended up as a $4,000 loss. That was when Griffith came up with the Easy Cellar plans, which was such a success that he decided to turn them into the book that we review here.
What the Easy Cellar Book Will Teach You
Easy Cellar will teach you how to build a cellar that will be useful to you on a daily basis but will also protect you in the event you ever need to use it as a shelter. In addition to the instructions provided in the book, you also get access to videos demonstrating how to put the techniques into action. The author does an excellent job of using plain language to describe all of the steps and to provide advice based on his personal experience. This means that you will not need any special skills in advance of reading it.
The Information Included in the Easy Cellar Program
The book starts with picking out a location and covers soil, safety and concealment. It begins here because your location choice will affect every other decision you make. Griffith then covers planning the shelter in great detail, including overall size, its shape and the features you need and want.
From there, Easy Cellar focuses on digging and prepping the hole. The next phases include building walls, finalizing the walls, building the roof, constructing the stairs and finalizing the roof. You are then taught how to build the bathroom and ventilation system, which are both integral for long-term use as a shelter. There are also large sections dedicated to building up your supplies and actually living in the shelter.
As mentioned earlier, your purchase not only includes the Easy Cellar book in a digital format but provides you access to videos and a wealth of other resources online. Your purchase also includes two additional books: America’s Natural Nuclear Bunkers, which is an interesting read, and 56 Items That You Should Stockpile in Your Easy Cellar, which is an excellent companion to the main book.
1. America’s Natural Nuclear Bunkers
This is the first book Griffith wrote and is now included here as a bonus. It lists all of the major nuclear bunkers found in the United State. Despite the name, these include both natural and manmade structures. In the event disaster strikes before your easy cellar is finished, you will know where to go!
2. 56 Items That You Should Stockpile in Your Easy Cellar
The main book covers how to build up your stockpile, and it focuses on medical supplies, water and food, but the coverage is rather broad. That is where this book proves invaluable. It focuses on specific supplies that you should have, including some that are not obvious. It also covers food items that are instrumental to surviving in a shelter due to how long they last and how simple they are to maintain.
Easy Cellar Pros and Cons
Here are some items we really loved about the book and program and some that we did not.
- We did it!
- Instant access after purchase
- Clear instructions using plain language
- Videos that helped clarify topics that were less clear
- Commitment to an affordable approach
- 60-day money-back guarantee
- Direct access to the author—Tom Griffith
- No hardcover currently available
- Needs a section dedicated to regional differences
- Could do without the doom-mongering
Purchasing the Easy Cellar Program
The Easy Cellar program is only available through its official website. The book was originally sold for $95, but that price was lowered to $37 about a year after release. ClickBank—a trusted online retailer—manages secure transactions for this product. Once the transaction is complete, you will receive digital copies of the three books as well as details for accessing the video content and contacting the author.
Final Verdict: Easy Cellar Review
Easy Cellar is certainly NOT a scam.
We think some of these concerns arise from two main sources: the way in which the book is marketed on its official website and the many Easy Cellar reviews that ape that kind approach.
Doom-mongering—like “You may live in a death zone!”—do not do this book justice.
The 1950s-style marketing aside, Easy Cellar is an excellent instructional guide.
We can say that with confidence because our team actually followed the guide and created the shelter. One of our team members even lived in the shelter for a weekend, and the person who owns the property has been using the cellar on an ongoing basis to store the jarred foods that she prepares.
It is important to point out that none of us are particularly skilled do-it-yourselfers. The way Griffith was able to teach us in plain language is the aspect of the program that impressed us most.
If building a root cellar/storm shelter interests you, buy this book. You will not regret it.
Frequently Asked Questions
#1. Does the Easy Cellar Program Really Work?
Yes. It absolutely does work. Our team was able to build a root cellar/storm shelter in a weekend. Of course, it was easier with several people, but the book includes instructions for when working alone and the stages to complete the project if it will unfold, for instance, over multiple weekends. The property owner where we completed the project had been considering a root cellar for a while. She was impressed with this book compared to the others which she had read but never acted on.
#2. Is Easy Cellar Worth the Money, Time and Effort?
The book itself is definitely worth the money, and the bonus books sweeten the deal. Many DIY guides cost a lot more than this book and provide a lot less information. As for whether constructing your own easy cellar is worth the time and effort, that will vary from person to person. The book recommends a $400 budget. Our costs were about 15 percent less than that. The work was certainly hard at times, but well worth it in our opinion. Our success is a source of pride that will last us a lifetime.
#3. Is Easy Cellar a Scam?
No! It is a book, a well-written instructional guide with proven plans and some excellent advice.
#4. What If You Are Dissatisfied With the Purchase?
Easy Cellar is sold with a 100% money-back guarantee, which is a rather bold move for a digital book. In fact, you have 60 days after purchase to request a refund. This makes it easy to recommend the book to just about anyone. Buy it. Read it. If you are unsatisfied and decide that you are not going build the cellar, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request a full refund.
#5. Is Easy Cellar Suitable for Beginners?
Yes. This was one of the aspects that impressed us about Tom Griffith, and maybe it was a byproduct of him having to figure this out on his own. None of our team have any experience as carpenters or with other such trades. We are not even particularly handy. But Griffith uses plain language and simple concepts, and there are videos available that elaborate on many of those concepts.
#6. Is Help Available?
Yes. If you are having difficulties, you can contact support for guidance. The author even has an email account for his readers. We did not use it, but we encountered a number of delightful reviews from people who had contacted Tom for assistance and were thrilled with the responses they got.
#7. Is a Hardcover Available?
Unfortunately, no. As a book you will use to build something, digital is ideal since it will never get wet or lost. But we do understand the desire. After building our cellar, we wanted a hardcover to commemorate the event. Support responded that it was under consideration but did not have an update.