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
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
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
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
7. A design that is easily rolled aside to remove the
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!
Consulting Engineer, Retired