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The Different Types Of Caskets And Cremation Containers

Caskets and cremation containers come in a variety of styles and different models such as Asian, Buddhist, Catholic, Hispanic, Hmong, Islamic, Jewish, Molokan, Mormon, Protestant, child, cloth-covered, metal, oversize, solid woods, Dracula and Old West. The type of casket you buy is what usually determines it's price.

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

Steel Caskets: The steel most commonly used in the making of caskets is 16, 18, or 20 gauge with 16 gauge being the heaviest and 20 gauge being the heaviest. 20 gauge is usually the least expensive metal caskets.

Hardwood Caskets: Hardwood caskets are made of satin or gloss finished solid wood that may be hand polished. They are made from oak, cherry, ash, maple, birch, pine, elm, cedar, black walnut, redwood, mahogany, willow, or poplar. It takes at least 130 board feet or more of lumber to make a wood casket. They are sanded, painted and put together by craftsmen making them some of the most expensive caskets.

Stainless Steel Caskets: Stainless steel caskets with veneer finishes are less expensive than the more solid hardwood caskets although they are sometimes comparable in price to midrange hardwood caskets. The stainless steel models have become increasingly popular, moving ahead of bronze and copper caskets.

Copper and Bronze Caskets: Copper and bronze caskets offer a unique beauty that is resistant to corrosion and they are durable. They come in 40-oz or 32-0z (thickness) with safety seal hardware.

Buying the right type of casket for your needs can be as easy as going online and shopping at one of the many sites that offer caskets and other funeral merchandise. It is important to note that The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires funeral homes to accept any casket purchased from an outside source.

During times of sorrow and grief, many people don't want to go to the trouble of shopping for caskets or other funeral merchandise, online or otherwise so it may be prudent to purhase a prepaid funeral plan. Funeral homes are now offering prepaid funeral contracts that includes a selection of caskets and other funeral related products.

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