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Is 316 stainless steel worth the extra cost over 304?

2022-07-07
Is 316 stainless steel worth the extra cost over 304?

Stainless steel 304 and 316 are both used in the manufacture of stainless steel food processing machinery, windmills, chemistry,… Stainless steel 304 is the most popular and affordable of the two, but it does have its drawbacks. For instance, it is not as durable as stainless steel 316 and it can easily corrode.

Stainless steel 316, on the other hand, has improved corrosion resistance, but is also more expensive. Stainless steel 304 is a better choice for those looking for a lower price point. 

If you are willing to pay a little extra, stainless steel 316 might be worth the investment.



What toxic metals are in stainless steel?

In regular stainless steel, such as 304 (18/8) or 316 (18/10), there is chrome, 
but it is not a problem unless you are welding it, dipping it in strong acid or similar. 
Chrome as a metal is harmless. Chrome that is heated to a 1000 degrees C can be bad for you, similarly for strong acids will turn chrome to harmful forms. If you do metalworking in stainless, do wear breathing protection.
 If you are using it for cooking, eating and such, not a problem.

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