A Burning Tale and Recommendation Written By Chuck M Consulting Engineer - Retired

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Corky S. Ontario, Canada (Fly In Business) My wife and I have a house in the bush in Northern Wisconsin and a fly-in fishing business in Northern Ontario. We have burning barrels at both locations and she is always worried about starting a fir Read More.....

A number of years ago my wife and I, after the last of our six children were married or had moved out, moved from a development to a country home with a lot of acreage. We needed a burner to get rid of all the many things you can burn which are not acceptable to go to the recycle station. Being an engineer by career I decided to make my own. I bought some chicken wire mesh, bent it into a square on end, and set it up in an open area. It worked well but lasted only a year before it was rusted and falling apart. I believe I would build another since I had enough chicken wire left over.

After the next year I decided to move up to something more lasting so I "invested" in some welded and galvanized 1/2 inch wire mesh. Again the burner worked really well but the galvanizing only extended the life by several years. Again, since I had purchased enough material I built another one with galvanized wire mesh.

After that one was "worn out" I decided to make one that would really last. This time I bought a sheet of 22 gage perforated stainless steel. A scrap piece of the original material is shown in (Figure 1). This material was quite expensive, so I only bought enough for one burner, since it should last "forever", or so I thought. I made the burner by bending the metal into my usual square shape design with a separate flat cover with folded down sides (see Figure 2). This burner has lasted me for quite a few years with only one problem. Because I constructed the burner in square shape it was subject to buckling due to temperature variations in the flat surfaces on all sides. In time the buckling would become quite severe. So after four or five years I attempted, and was reasonably successful (with considerable effort) in removing the buckling using a hammer, a hard oak beam, flat piece of steel. After a few more years of burning I again repeated the "de-buckling" process. However, in time, the stainless steel began to show some evidence of fatigue cracking from the repeated bending and hammering. The result of the metal fatigue, after several more years, has not only led to the buckling but has led to some large holes in the top, side and corner of the burner as shown in figures 3,4,5,6,7 & 8.

Since it did not seem practical to straighten and repair the burner I decided to order a new piece of stainless steel and make a new one. This time the new design was going to be bent into a round shape. This allows the material to expand radially and prevent buckling due to temperature variations. A strong wind had recently blown the burner over and left it in a heap on the ground. A round design has much lower wind resistance than the flat sided design and would be less likely to be blown over.

I looked into the present day cost of a new stainless piece of material I found it was more than $500 in the single quantity. When I mentioned the cost to my wife she suggested to see if someone makes a stainless steel burner so that I could at least save myself the considerable effort in fabricating a new burner. So I went on line and asked Google to find me "Trash Burners". I saw various garbage can styles with holes in the side that were galvanized. I had been down galvanized road before so I immediately ruled that out. Then I clicked on the BURN RIGHT site and found what I was looking for and more!

1. A burner made of quality Stainless Steel throughout.
2. A round design to prevent buckling.
3. A non-buckling, vented spherical cover (which I could not fabricate myself).
4. A design with a sturdy external base that won't blow over.
5. A design with above ground internal cross-rods to allow the material to burn more completely before falling to the bottom.
6. A design that costs less in money and effort to build my own.
7. A design that is easily rolled aside to remove the ash.

Based on my 44 years of engineering experience plus my Mach 1, Mach 2, and Mach 3 design experience I will consider the new BURN RIGHT my "Mach 4 design". I'm sure it will still be in great condition 10 years from now and hope I'm the one still alive to light the match (I'll be 83 in May). Thank you for designing and offering a great product, I only wish it had been available in 1993 when first needed it!

Most Sincerely,
Chuck M.
Consulting Engineer, Retired