Burn Barrel Top Grate Lid

The burn Barrel top grate lid fits standard-size 55-gallon metal barrels. Use to cover burn barrels to help contain glowing escaping embers. 

Measures 23-3/4 ID and 24” OD x 1” with ½” grate openings, the same wire mesh size as used on other outdoor fire pits and grills. Some states and localities with prominent tinderbox prairie or forestry may require finer mesh openings such as ¼” or less. Additional finer mesh hardware cloth or screening may be wired to the underside.

Convenient welded side handles and hanger hook allow the grate to be easily lifted off and hung on the barrel side. Well made with no sharp edges. 

Read more below > Please follow all local jurisdictions regarding using burn barrels and burn bans.


Description / Burn Barrel Top Grate Lid

Our burn barrel lids have become very popular. Please expect 3-4 weeks to ship.
Don’t let your quest to protect your personal identity by burning sensitive documents and papers turn your actions into a raging wildfire liability or property loss. Heavy-duty welded grate fits on top of standard 55-gallon burn barrels and helps to reduce escaping embers. 
USA Amish made and painted with high-temp stove paint. The coating will burn off in the center where flames touch but should still provide some protection from rust on the rim and handle when handling.
Use on a full-standing metal 55-gallon barrel for burning cardboard and papers.
This grate is also being used as a screen in other commercial applications.
A convenient hanging hook also provides a lockdown on one side of the barrel.
We also carry a complete burn barrel hardware kit that includes the top grate, a bottom draft grate, and a draft & cleanout ash door Click Here for more information.
If you have previously purchased the top grate lid and want to add the draft grate and door Click Here.

Beware of a copycat of our popular burn barrel grate. We see that a Midwest farm store chain is now selling an exact copy of our grate. So, we ordered one and compared it. From the picture, they look the same even down to the handles and the barrel hook. We discovered that it is being made in China using half the thickness 1/16” compared to our 1/8” mesh. This means the mesh will deteriorate much quicker and rust through from the intense heat.

Ours is still being made in the USA by an Amish shop in Indiana. We developed this grate, unfortunately, the concept of adding a wire mesh cover on top of a 55-gallon burn barrel was not unique enough to be eligible for a patent.

Disclaimer Note: Buyer assumes all risk, Cottage Craft Works LLC nor the manufacturer assumes any liability for the outcomes using this grate. No guarantees either written, assumed, or implied are provided that the grate will prevent all embers from escaping or any personal injuries that may occur during the use and handling of the grate.
Common sense still needs to prevail not to handle the top with bare hands when hot, or to burn when curious children are present, or when conditions are extremely, windy, dry, or during fire bands set by local jurisdictions.
You should check with your state, and local authorities on the use of outdoor burn barrels regarding, restrictions, prohibitions, permits, and other requirements.
No cover is foolproof. Embers may still be released while adding more refuse or logs to a burning fire and small embers and or sparks may still float through the grate holes regardless of the mesh sizing.
Open fires should have constant supervision and should never be left unattended. Water sources should be readily available to extinguish any flare-ups caused by embers.
You should be sure new barrels are clean from chemicals and residues that may produce toxic fumes when burned. Stay on the windward side of the barrel and note downwind exposure risk before burning. Initial burn off the paint on the barrel and powder-coated grate should occur so that the wind carries any toxic smoke away from humans, animals, or structures. Only burn papers, cardboard, and clean non-processed wood materials. Plastics and other materials such as treated wood scraps may produce toxic fumes. Cardboard bindings and inks in papers may still produce toxins in smoke when burned and should not be breathed directly.

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I just want to thank you for the wonderful burning barrel covers you supply for others to purchase. I purchased two and they are the best and will recommend Cottage Craft Works to others. Thanks again! Wonderful Work you do!!!!
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I want to thank you. I received my grate today and love it, can't wait to use it. Thank you again

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