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Got some extra stuff cluttering up your life?

If you want to clean house, and do a good deed at the same time, then consider donating your unwanted items to Burning Man. Whether it be power tools or PCs, your donations can help various volunteer groups accomplish their mission before, during, and after the event.

We'll be updating this page regularly, so be sure to check back.



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Every year we carpet the entire Café to keep the dust down and make the space comfortable for participants. And every year a good amount of that carpet is destroyed by the elements. This year we again are looking for large amounts of free carpet to cover the Café floor. If you have large amounts of carpet (five thousand square feet or more), or know a good source for carpet please contact cafe(at)burningman(dot)com.

The Café Rigging Team is looking for:

  • Pulley Blocks
  • Good Quality Rope
  • Safety Harnesses

If you have spare rigging gear kicking around please contact rigging(at)burningman(dot)com.


Café Decor is looking for:

  • Plastic leaves: sturdy fake foliage and flowers, preferably oversized. Fake trees are good too.
  • Hi-gloss latex paint (1-gal or larger) any color.
  • Metal shelving unit(s) collapsible. Style not
  • Canvas (white or unbleached) at least 4' wide, need
    many many many yards. Small pieces need to be at least
    3 yards long.
  • Solid-colored fabrics in these colors: red, orange,
    green, yellow, blue, purple.
  • Polaroid camera for taking images of helpers and
    adding them to the Altar of Volunteers.
  • Wind chimes & bells.


In the Café Sound Team, even the equipment volunteers! A valiant yet grueling duty, it is. Every year we must replenish the Playa PA! Seriously, things break; one of anything just isn't enough. Help make it happen by gifting us your well-worn but working equipment. Your gifts help us create the performances and will be used this year and beyond! We always need:

  • Stage parts, modules, risers, materials
  • Microphones & mic stands
  • DI (direct) boxes
  • PA mixers, amps & speakers
  • Home stereo amps, tuners, & speakers
  • CD Players (component or portable)
  • Effects processors
  • Cables (mic, instrument, speaker, line, snake, etc.)
  • Extra long cables!

Contact cafe-sound(at)burningman(dot)com for more information.


The Café Performance Team is looking for a few good stools. You know, like comfy barstools that swivel. These are great.

We also need some clip fans. Little fans that clip onto things.

We could use a wine fridge, like the kind with a glass front door. (We have a crazy idea with this one!)

Drop us a note at cafe-performance(at)burningman(dot)com for more information.


Any donations of the materials and labor listed below would be greatly appreciated. We can only use items in good condition and/or operational to keep our ranch from becoming a trash dump. For items in the San Francisco Bay Area or Reno/Gerlach area, contact warehouse(at)burningman(dot)com or phone the San Francisco office at (415) 865-3800, or the Gerlach office at (775) 557-2200. Donations may be taken directly to Gerlach, but please phone ahead first.


General needs -- skilled construction workers (we can teach you), especially Carpenters are needed as well as Mechanics, Electricians, Plumbers, Landscapers, Heavy Equipment Operators, Licensed Truck and/or Bus Drivers, Dispatch Operators for our two way radio channels, General Laborers and Guest Cooks. Contact the DPW at dpw-volunteers(at)burningman(dot)com.


In early August we can use 2x4s, 4x4s, 6x6s, 2x6s, 2x8s, 8' and longer, full or half sheets of plywood any thickness, siding materials, roofing materials, fasteners, cement, wallboard, insulation, tools of any kind, large steel tanks (less than 1,000 gal), wire rope, crosbies, screw anchors, carabiners, any raw materials, railroad ties, large propane tanks, fire wood, logs and sheet metal.


Any plumbing supplies, water storage tanks 350 gallons or more, gas or propane hot water heaters, any fittings, PVC pipe, water pumps, garden hoses 5/8" or larger, mister system, faucets, valves, mixers, copper tubing.


Any electrical supplies especially romex, conduit, switches, outlets, fixtures, light fixtures, halogen lights, motors.


Tires: especially: 10.00R 20, 10.00-20, 11.R22.5, 11.00-22.5, engines, transmissions, parts, dune buggies, dune buggy frames, truck beds, gas cans, working vehicles of any kind, lug wrenches, water trucks, gas caps, alternators.


Any late model Mac or PC computers, memory chips, working monitors, routers, working accessories, and software; especially -- PC software: File Maker Pro, Dreamweaver, Microsoft Office, Cool Edit or other sound editing software, Photoshop, video editing software; VGA monitors (preferably 17-inch or larger), PC100 and DDR memory chips, and printers.


Working televisions, radios, CB radios, gas detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, audio equipment, mixing board, microphones, speakers, amplifiers, cables, CD player, cassette player, antennas, coax cable, blank tapes VHS and cassette as well as CD-RW's.


Working generators, wind turbine, solar panels, inverters, deep cycle batteries, 0 & 00 cable.


Industrial quality preferably stainless steel, especially ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, hoods, refrigeration equipment, convection ovens, stainless steel panels, triple sinks.


Pots and pans, kitchen utensils, silverware, plastic glasses, bedding, curtains, good beds, chairs, couches, carpet, astro turf.


Grass seed, vegetable seed, fertilizer, lawn mower, drip system, sprinklers, mulcher/chipper, trees, greenhouse, garden hoses, pots, trays, cuttings, rototiller.


Canned goods, pasta, cheese, snacks, soft drinks, beer - preferrably in aluminum cans (easier to recycle). Non-perishables may be left in the bin in the lobby of the office in San Francisco, in the Gerlach Office at the Work Ranch (Black Rock Station) or during your departure from Black Rock City during exodus.


Media Mecca is redesigning its press process for 2005, and is especially in need of the following:

  • Tables and chairs - folding, or not
  • Podium - like the sort used by a maitre'd
  • Scrolling programmable LED sign
  • Plain white sheets (flat, not fitted)
Contact polly (at) burningman (dot) com. Thanks!


Please contact the airport(at)burningman(dot)com regarding these items, or phone (408) 297-9795 in San Jose. Depending on location, some items can be picked up. Gas-powered golf cart or similar vehicle, aviation band receiver or transceiver (specifically 122.9 MHz), expired ELT batteries with juice in 'em, reflective material of any kind (fabric, paint, retroreflectors), orange and white ripstop nylon, dayglo safety orange paint, orange and white checkered flags. Aviation and nautical-themed items welcome for decor; old airplane seats, instruments, propellers, life preservers, any kind of wind-powered objects (windsocks, whirlygigs).



Lamplighters are looking for experienced riggers to raise our tensile steel cable lounge and chapel/workspace, during early setup. We have a small core group and are looking for a few extra experienced hands.


Lumber for our Fountain Fall project under construction in southern California. Contact: djmonkeyboy3 (at)

Fireman’s/Stripper’s pole. Brass. 16' tall, 2 1/2 inches wide.  Will serve as emergency exit from our lounge observation deck, as well as entertainment platform for those with “the gift” of pole dancing. (No joke, we really want this).



Mostly just YOU, but if you have any of this lying around:

  • large projection screens/fabrics
  • a rear projection screen
  • a video projector and video projector bulbs
  • 35mm slide carousel projectors
  • live band sound systems
  • unusual lighting and gels



(email karina (at)

  • 2 Bull Horns
  • Video Projection Screens
  • DVD Player
  • Desk
  • Carpet
  • Tables
  • Environmental, Local Interest or Fun Books (for our lounge)
  • Yoga Props
  • Pillows

(email restoration (at)


  • Marble curbstones or stone columns 6 and longer
  • Any type rock > 6" diameter, especially large desert rocks
  • Pavers, flagstones, cobblestones
  • Large gravel

Wood and Brush

  • Trimmed, clean brush w/ no seeds, stems >1/4"
  • Branches, tree trunks, logs >6 , clean and bundled
  • Redwood or treated 4X6s & 6X6s for benches

Fence & Construction Materials

  • Barbed wire, fence posts, new chicken wire
  • Concrete
  • Survey stakes and flags
  • Long 2X2s & 4X4s, 1X6 to 1X12s, heavy outdoor plywood


  • 500+ gallon tank
  • 1" & 2" PVC pipe, heavy distribution line
  • Newish 1/2" flex irrigation tube, fittings, emitters
  • Solar panel, Marine battery, large12V pump, 12V valves


  • Shovels, McClouds, Tampers
  • Pickaxes, Pickmattocks and Pulaskis
  • Posthole diggers
  • saws, loppers and cruisers, chainsaw
  • Surveying equipment: transit, theodolite, meter tapes, compass, GPS unit


If you have other great items or services to donate, please call us!