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Product Details

  • Series: Preppers
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612434967
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612434964
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,296 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prepper's Survival Hacks by disaster readiness expert Jim Cobb is unlike any preparedness book I have read before! It goes beyond the hows and whys of building a kit and purchasing the latest "high-speed low-drag" tactical gear, focusing instead on 50 DIY projects -- easy and practical things that you can do or make that will make your disaster experience a little bit easier, and can even save your life! This book will teach you how to make emergency stoves, fire starters, and a water filter among many other things, and gives a variety of projects to improve your living situation, protecting your home from both two and four legged predators. I have tried several of the ideas and found them to be quick and easy fixes to major problems that could occur during a crisis, and I intend to try many more of these money-saving and extremely practical projects! I highly recommend this book for both experienced and inexperienced preppers alike! A copy of this book was supplied by the publisher in exchange for this impartial review.
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Many preparedness books are full of lists that tell you what supplies you need to survive a coming zombie apocalypse, an epic climate change flash freeze, or a plain old everyday power outage. It's rare that you find a book that allows you to use things you'd normally throw away for survival purposes.

However, Prepper's Survival Hacks by Jim Cobb is that rare exception to the preparedness book rule. You won't find lists of extensive supplies or pricey gear. Loaded with 50 do-it-yourself projects, this book has lists that read more like the contents of your trash can.

Broken up into practical categories, the book contains projects relating to the following topics:

Water
Food Acquisition
Cooking
Fire
Lighting
Survival Kits

The thing I like best about the book isn't just the projects, though. It's the whole MacGuyver-style mindset. Jim makes it seem easy to create what you need from what you have. (I'm not the world's handiest person, but I found the instructions super-easy to follow.)

A review of Prepper's Survival Hacks wouldn't be complete without trying out one of the projects, so in the spirit of really testing out the book, we made the "Buddy Burner".

Using a clean, empty cat food can, some old cardboard, some broken chunks of candle, and a couple of bricks that I grabbed from the garden, I made a nifty little stove.

Did it work? Well, I timed it, and the Buddy Burner brought water to a boil on my counter in just over 3 minutes. To be exact. 3 minutes and 40 seconds.

If you wanted more of a simmer than a boil, you could elevate your pan on another layer of bricks. Pretty awesome, and all made from stuff that folks would normally throw away.
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This book is amazing! My boyfriend recommended it and I thought he was a little over the top with all of his prepping and survival books. A constant - "better safe then sorry" mentality. The book ended up being awesome. It is full of creative but useful ideas and easy to follow instructions. Nothing beats step-by-step directions! At least for me I find them to be very useful. We've been working on some of the projects on the weekend - it's definitely given us some more productive ways to make use of our time. Easy for anyone to use, even me!! We have wanted to make a fire starter ever since watching naked and afraid and seeing how useful they are! This book gave us the tools, instructions and motivation to make that hapened. Love this book and highly recommend it to anyone.
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Another EXCELLENT book by Jim Cobb. All of his books have been very informative and realistic without being unduly alarming. A lot of great information, useful, and a great addition to anyone's library.
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This is more for those who enjoy making things from scratch. A lot of things in here can be bought, often very cheaply, but if you enjoy finding ways to re-purpose even your dryer lint, this will be good for you.

The instructions for the various projects were about mid-level-ish, not for noobs. If I didn't already know the item that was described, there's a few cases where I don't think I would've understood from the instructions. It did have some pictures, but they're small and black and white, so often not very clear.

Many of these things are 'old hat', stuff you already knew or were doing but maybe didn't realize it had a name ;)

The one thing that actually concerns me is in the 'light' section. It focuses on various ways to make candle-type things. Light is a big deal to me. When you lose electricity you lose the ability to forage indoors, and get around at nite w/o fire. Fire can be problematic, but mostly having to depend on an open flame for light is just not very useful. If you're moving around you waste one hand holding the light, you have to move very carefully, and if you set it down you're tied to that small spot.

This is the main section where I would have recommended crank and/or solar flashlights. I have one that allows both (and also has a USB charger) sources to charge it. While it's not the brightest flashlight I've ever seen, it'll be a lot safer and more reliable in an emergency.

(I have one other beef from the food section - it doesn't really mention any pre-made foods other than military MREs. There are many companies that do hiker/camping/emergency food out there that is really tasty, in handy pouches you 'cook' in (most just need boiling water), and have 10+ year shelf life)
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