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A Peaceful Rest for Little Angels

Child caskets comprised 2.5% of the 1.8 million caskets sold in 2002. Special provisions are needed for infants and children under the age of fourteen such as those incorporated into the construction of child caskets.  There are many possibilities one can choose when selecting child caskets for purchase.  Child Caskets come in a wide variety of materials, designs and costs. The type of child caskets selected will determine their value and cost. Generally, prices for child caskets range from least to most expensive according to the types listed below.

Child caskets can help create a beautiful final remembrance to a lost loveCloth Covered Child Caskets are made from corrugated fiberboard, pressed wood or softwoods, which are then covered with cloth and have finished interiors.

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

Non-gasketed Steel Child 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 child caskets may be spot-welded. They are usually the least expensive metal caskets available and are usually square-cornered designs. Some non-gasketed steel child caskets include interior coatings.

Most Hardwood Child Caskets (left) are made of solid wood, finished in a satin or gloss coat. Some wood for child caskets 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 child caskets, followed by pine, oak, birch, maple, cherry, black walnut and mahogany. Other species of wood used in the manufacture of child caskets are ash, elm, redwood, cedar, etc. It takes 130 to 150 board feet of lumber to produce a typical hardwood child casket. Some caskets require more wood if they are made of 3" or 4" plank material. While normally in the third cost quartile, hardwood caskets are sometimes the most expensive child caskets manufactured. Solid hardwood child caskets are manufactured like fine furniture. These child caskets are assembled by craftsmen; sanded for painting or staining. Some have hand-rubbed finishes. Veneer-finished child caskets are generally less expensive than solid wood child caskets.

Child Caskets are available in a variety of designs and stylesSteel Child Caskets are most often square-cornered or square cornered urn designs. New products designs developed in the 1990’s include round-cornered and round-cornered urn stainless steel child casket designs. Stainless steel child caskets often are comparable in price to midrange hardwood child caskets and bridge the price brackets between cold-rolled steel child caskets and semiprecious metal products such as copper or bronze. Stainless steel child caskets have become increasingly popular in the 1990’s and now are purchased more frequently than copper or bronze child caskets.

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

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