This is sort of a combination update/book review. Since my initial article, I have become somewhat fascinated with either very cheap, or nearly free housing. But not just any low cost housing, but rather housing that would benefit from thermal stability (i.e. earth sheltered). So after looking through a variety of sources, I decided that I would pick up the classic book: Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: And How to Make Them, By D.C. Beard. This book was written by Daniel Beard, who was one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America (And whom one would imagine is spinning at about 4500 rpm’s in his grave, after seeing what the SJW’s have turned his fine former institution into). I was kind of hoping that there would be some earth sheltered options, and there were a few different options offered in this book. After all, we are talking about shelters for poor folks that will not be able to afford to heat them in the conventional sense of the word, and even less so following cheap energy.
It was a decent enough book, though I would have to say that I was mildly disappointed on some level. While a few of the sketches are decent, and provide the details enough to build the shelters discussed. Some of the other shelters lack the adequate details to build them. For me, this is not as much ahow to book as much as it is an idea book. But it provides enough detail for those that have a basic understanding of carpentry. Out of all of the plansoutlined, The American Boy’s Hogan P.107 was probably the most practical for what I had envisioned. There is no indication in the name, but it is a subterranean dugout shelter. You would also want to reinforce it beyond the basic plan (Also recommended by the author).
Some of the wording and terms contained within, might be enough to trigger the PC crowd. For example, “The Dago” and the “The Fagot Shack” (One presumes that Richard Simmons resides in one of those :D ) could send these folks scurrying to the nearest safe space, seeking a free cup of comfort coco, and a safety blanket :D
All in all, I’d say that it’s an okay book, and that it’s worth picking up a copy, but I’d try to get a reduced cost, used copy. And be certain that the copy that you pick up comes with the sketches. Apparently there’s a scanned knock off copy floating around out there that does not contain these images, and is useless as a result.