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Caskets/Vaults

Caskets

Caskets and cremation containers come in a wide variety of materials, designs and costs. The type of casket or ceremonial cremation container selected will determine its value and cost. Generally, casket prices range from least to most expensive according in these types:

Cloth Covered Caskets are made from corrugated fiberboard, pressed wood or softwoods, which are then covered with cloth and have finished interiors.

Steel Gauges Used for Caskets: Steel commonly used in the production of caskets is 20-gauge, 18-gauge or 16-gauge. 20-gauge is the lightest steel commonly used in casket production while 16-gauge steel is the heaviest.

Non-gasketed Steel Caskets are normally made of 20-gauge steel (some companies are experimenting with 22-gauge steel). Twenty-gauge steel is the same thickness used in many automobile body panels. These caskets may be spot-welded. They are usually the least expensive metal caskets available and are usually square-cornered designs. Some nongasketed steel caskets include interior coatings.

Most Hardwood Caskets are made of solid wood, finished in a satin or gloss coat. Some may be hand polished. Their design may be square-cornered, round-cornered or round-cornered urn shapes. Typically, select woods (poplar, willow) will be the least expensive wood caskets, followed by pine, oak, birch, maple, cherry, black walnut and mahogany. Other species of wood used in the manufacture of caskets are ash, elm, redwood, cedar, etc. It takes 130 to 150 board feet of lumber to produce a typical hardwood casket. Some caskets require more wood if they are made of 3" or 4" plank material. Hardwood caskets are sometimes the most expensive caskets manufactured. Solid hardwood caskets are manufactured like fine furniture. They are assembled by craftsmen; sanded for painting or staining. Some have hand-rubbed finishes.

     Most recently, Batesville Casket Company has introduced an engineered wood product that the company has trademarked as Marquetry.

Veneer-finished caskets are generally less expensive than solid wood caskets. Stainless Steel Caskets are most often square-cornered or squarecornered urn designs. New products designs developed in the 1990s include round-cornered and roundcornered urn stainless steel casket designs. Stainless steel caskets often are comparable in price to midrange hardwood caskets and bridge the price brackets between cold-rolled steel caskets and semiprecious metal products such as copper or bronze. Stainless steel caskets have become increasingly popular in the 1990's and continue to outsell copper or bronze caskets into the 2000's.

Copper or Bronze Caskets may be found in square-cornered, round-cornered or urn shaped designs. Rather than gauge, copper and bronze caskets are measured by weight. A 32-oz. copper or bronze casket means that the copper or bronze used weighed 32-oz. per square foot. There are also 48-oz. copper or bronze caskets.

The Casket & Funeral Supply Association of America estimates that of the 1.7 million caskets sold in 2007 production by type was about:

10.8% Cloth covered caskets (including products used in cremation)

15.6% Non-gasketed steel

17.8% Hardwood

47.3% Gasketed Steel

4.0% Stainless Steel

2.2% Copper or bronze 1.9% Infant & Children (14 and under)

Less than 1% of all caskets are made from composite materials.

WARRANTY DISCLAIMER: Ronan Funeral Home makes no representations or warranties regarding caskets, outer burial containers or other funeral goods sold by the funeral home. The only warranties, express or implied, granted in connection with the goods sold are the express written warranties, if any, extended by the manufacturers therof. No other warranties, express or implied, including the express written warranties of merchanitability or fitness for a particular purpose, are extended by the Ronan Funeral Home

Cremation Selections

These caskets are also suitable for burial

Outer Burial Containers

Making funeral arrangements can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Choosing the necessities, although overwhelming, is easier if you know what you want and how much you can afford to spend. Learn how to select an outer burial container that meets your needs and fits your budget

1. Understand that an outer burial container is the outer container that protects the casket. Caskets settle in the ground over time, and heavy equipment from above can shift the ground. The outer burial container is made to withstand the forces that act on the casket to avoid ground shifting and damage to the casket.

2. Realize that there are two kinds of outer burial containers that vary in price, functionality and the material from which they are made. A grave box is the most basic outer container. Made from concrete, grave boxes are unlined and have holes in the bottom to allow water to flow through freely. The grave box is the most cost effective. The top-of-the-line outer burial container is a lined burial vault. Offering the greatest protection to the casket and surrounding ground, the lined burial vault is the most expensive.

3. Know where to shop for an outer burial container. You can select an outer burial container through the funeral home that is performing the service for your loved one.

WARRANTY DISCLAIMER: Ronan Funeral Home makes no representations or warranties regarding caskets, outer burial containers or other funeral goods sold by the funeral home. The only warranties, express or implied, granted in connection with the goods sold are the express written warranties, if any, extended by the manufacturers therof. No other warranties, express or implied, including the express written warranties of merchanitability or fitness for a particular purpose, are extended by the Ronan Funeral Home

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