Consumer's Guide to Caskets

Choosing a casket is a very personal decision. Families should choose a casket based on their own preferences, budget, and appearance. It is important that you feel comfortable with your purchase. The Casket Depot strives to make you feel comfortable with your purchases. Our goal is to educate and inform you about caskets so you will make an informed decision when you purchase a casket from The Casket Depot.



Wood caskets can be made from a huge variety of woods. Among the most popular woods are mahogany, walnut, cherry, maple, oak, pecan, popular, and pine.

Many people are turning to the a "green" burial and are very comfortable with the idea of burial in wood caskets that will degrade quicker than steel caskets. As environmental concerns about steel caskets become more prevalent, sales for wood caskets have also become popular again.

Wood caskets have made a comeback in recent years as a popular choice for burial. Since about 1973, environmental concerns as well as the dramatically increased number of cremations have helped wood caskets to regain their place at the top of the most popular types of caskets.

Wood Casket Selections:

• Unmatched warmth and beauty
• Hand crafted like fine furniture
• Unique graining patterns
• Available in a variety of types/species


Bronze is largely made from copper. The usual composition is as follows: copper – 92%, tin – 6%, and sometimes zinc – 2%. Bronze is also made from sheet bronze or cast bronze.

Bronze Casket Selections:

• Naturally non-rusting by nature of the material
• Finest material and construction
• Most Statues in parks, as well as monuments in cemeteries are constructed of bronze


Copper is found free in nature. Consequently, it has been found from early times. Copper is not acted upon by most acids and is even more resistant to corrosion when protected by a layer of copper oxide.

Copper Casket Selections:

• Naturally non-rusting, like bronze
• Very durable; not as strong as bronze
• Constructed of the same material as the Statue of Liberty


There are a number of grades of steel on the market used in casket construction. The relative durability depends upon the amount of impurities in the metal. These impurities are carbon, phosphorus, manganese and silicon. The steel sheets used for casket construction are usually lead coated. This coating affords a smooth painting holding surface for lacquer and other finishes. The lead also lubricates the press dies that form the casket parts that are very accurate. Steel sheets are also “tempered” or “annealed” so that they draw (stretch) when placed under the die.


Different thickness or types of steel

• Thickest ~ 16 Gauge
• Medium ~ 18 Gauge
• Thinnest ~ 20 Gauge

Selected styles available with enhanced protective qualities