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Owner's Manuals

If you have any questions or are unsure of your model, please contact one of our experienced Technical Support Specialists via phone or email.

Please Note: Parts Lists and Schematics are located in the back of the Owner's Manual.

BurnCage, BurnCage XL & BurnCage MAX (Sept 2012 - Present)BurnCage, BurnCage XL & BurnCage MAX (Sept 2012 - Present) Owner's Manual


A guide to solving common problems with your BurnCage.

Most problems are easy to fix. Consult the troubleshooting tips below for common problems and their solutions.

warning Warning:

Before performing any maintenance procedure or inspection, ensure that the fire is completely out and the BurnCage has cooled completely. Always wear fire resistant gloves when handling the BurnCage.

Cover will not fit over BurnCage

  • Cause: Loose or missing hardware from feet so the BurnCage is no longer square; Tighten or replace hardware as needed to form a square shape.

Fire will not burn efficiently.

  • The BurnCage may be too full of ashes; Empty the BurnCage.
  • Allow sufficient time for fire to burn before adding more material.
  • BurnCage air is being blocked; Ensure area around BurnCage is free of obstacles.

Area around BurnCage is smoldering or burning.

  • Area not cleared enough around BurnCage; Douse area with water and clear away any grass or materials that may ignite.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does a lid handle come with the unit?

A: Yes, the handle for the DR BurnCage Lid is removable, and is safe to use when burning so you can add more material as needed.

Q: Does the BurnCage have a removable base floor?

A: The base available for the BurnCage would be the optional Ash Catcher. Without the Ash Catcher, the ashes will be left on the ground.

Q: How do you get the ashes out when it is full?

A: To empty the BurnCage, you simply lift it up and set it off to the side and dispose of the ashes. Be sure that the ashes are cold and no longer burning. We recommend that you water the ashes down.

Q: How do you install the optional ash catcher?

A: The BurnCage simply sits on the Ash Catcher, helps prevent damage to concrete slabs, tree roots, etc.

Q: What is the average lifetime of this item?

A: The BurnCage is constructed of rugged 16 gauge "439" Stainless Steel. It will handle temperatures up to 1600 degrees F, allowing for many years of use.

Q: What specific stainless is this made from and gauge of material?

A: The BurnCage is made of 439 stainless steel. It Is a terrific stainless steel that is best suited for use in oxidizing environments, where excellent corrosion resistance is required. Type "439" also has superior formality capabilities and is heavily used in the automobile industry. It is often used in place of "409" where higher thermal conductivity is required like mufflers and furnaces.

Q: Are the panels individually replaceable?

A: The panels are not separate or replaceable.

Q: Can it be used to burn kitchen garbage?

A: Each state has their own burn laws. You will need to contact your local officials to see what the rules and regulations are for burning trash in your area.

Q: Is the BurnCage effective for pine needles?

A: The BurnCage is a safe and efficient way to burn certain debris, but pine needles need to be on the dry side to ensure it flames quickly and efficiently. They should never be allowed to smolder or generate excessive smoke. You will want to contact your local authorities to check if burning pine needles is permitted. Most cities and towns have a pre-approved burn list to avoid buring prohibitive debris.

Safety Information

Important safety information regarding your BurnCage

warning Warning:

Read this safety & operating Instructions manual before you use the BurnCage. Become familiar with the operation and service recommendations to ensure the best performance. (Our most recent manuals are available as a PDF download.)

Protecting yourself and others around you

warning Warning:

You must operate the BurnCage safely. Unsafe operation can create a number of hazards for you, as well as anyone else in the nearby area. Always take the following precautions when using this BurnCage:

  • Keep in mind that the operator or user is responsible for accidents or hazards occurring to other people, their property, and themselves.
  • Always wear protective goggles or safety glasses with side shields while using the BurnCage to protect your eyes from possible sparks.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry, which can snag on the BurnCage.
  • We recommend wearing fire resistant gloves while using the BurnCage. Be sure your gloves fit properly and do not have loose cuffs or drawstrings.
  • Wear shoes with non-slip treads when using your BurnCage. If you have safety shoes, we recommend wearing them. Do not use the BurnCage while barefoot or wearing open sandals.
  • Wear long pants while operating the BurnCage.
  • Keep bystanders at least 50 feet away from your work area at all times. Put the fire out when another person or pet approaches.

Safety for children and pets

warning Warning:

Tragic accidents can occur if the operator is not alert to the presence of children or pets. Children are often attracted to the BurnCage and the burning activity. Never assume that children will remain where you last saw them. Always follow these precautions:

  • Keep children and pets at least 50 feet from the working area and ensure they are under the watchful care of a responsible adult.
  • Be alert and extinguish the fire if children or pets enter the work area.
  • Never allow children to operate the BurnCage.

General safety

warning Warning:

Operating the BurnCage safely is necessary to prevent or minimize the risk of death or serious injury. Unsafe operation can create a number of hazards for you. Always take the following precautions when operating the BurnCage:

  • INCINERATION is a good option in cases where garbage or disposal options do not exist: yard waste, wood that is clean, dry, unpainted and untreated, cardboard items & any other non-recyclable paper products that are safe to burn.
  • Burn barrels are not permitted within the city limits of some jurisdictions. Please check with your nearest fire authorities for regulations.
  • Only incinerate using fully assembled models (including all four feet with hardware).
  • All models are for outside use only.
  • Always locate your BurnCage in the center of a cleared area 50 feet in diameter including clear overhead.
  • Add burnable items so airflow is not restricted. Avoid stacking files and confidential papers tightly together like a book.
  • Light BurnCage from the top. Always incinerate with the cover on.
  • Use handle with fire resistant gloves while handling the cover to prevent burns.
  • Never burn in high winds.
  • Incinerator to be used for burning dry material, yard waste and non-recyclable paper products.
  • Do not use flammable liquids.
  • Do not burn pressurized containers, i.e. aerosol cans, etc.
  • Ashes may take 1 or more days to completely cool. Pour water on ashes to completely extinguish if you have to move your outdoor fireplace before the ashes have completely cooled.
  • Do not put burnt ashes in garden, dispose of as waste material. Note: Yard waste as well as clean and untreated wood ashes are ok.
  • Keep children and pets away from the BurnCage. (Temperatures may reach 1500-1900 °F)
  • Unit should not be left unattended.
  • While burning, your BurnCage must be level and tight to the ground and the cover must always be in place to reduce the risk of fire spreading.
  • Keep combustible materials away from exterior while burning.
  • Do not burn any type of battery.
  • Always have a hose or another water source available when using the BurnCage so it can be quickly extinguished if needed and to ensure all fire is out when finished.
  • Burn temperatures can exceed 1500 degrees F. Allow metal to fully cool before moving or disassembling your BurnCage. This may take several hours to cool once burning is complete. Always use protective gloves to move your BurnCage.
  • Occasionally the fire conditions become so severe that all outside burning is suspended. This is called a "burn suspension". These burn suspensions can be specific to certain areas or statewide. It is important that you know when a burn suspension is in effect for the area you want to burn in. Burn suspensions are advertised on statewide television and radio stations. The local fire department and the Division of Forestry office will also have current information on any burn suspension that is in effect.

A note to all users

No list of warnings and cautions can be all-inclusive. If situations occur that are not covered by this manual, the operator must apply common sense and operate this BurnCage in a safe manner. Contact us for assistance.


Regular maintenance is the way to ensure the best performance and long life of your BurnCage.

warning Warning:

Before performing any maintenance procedure or inspection, ensure that the fire is completely out and the BurnCage has cooled completely. Always wear fire resistant gloves when handling the BurnCage.

Procedure Before Each Use
Wash with Soap and Water check
Empty ashes check
Check Hardware for Tightness check

Empty ashes

Supplies Needed:

  • Leather Gloves

Ash removal is made easy. After the ashes have thoroughly cooled simply tip the incinerator towards you and move it away from the pile of ashes. Remove the ashes and return your incinerator to its original burning position.

Note: The optional Ash Catcher Tray can be purchased to keep ashes off the ground for easier clean up.



Before performing any maintenance procedure or inspection, ensure that the fire is completely out and the BurnCage has cooled completely. Always wear fire resistant gloves when handling the BurnCage.


  • Clean the BurnCage with mild soap and rinse well with water.
  • Be sure all nuts, bolts, and screws are securely fastened.