Down in the Garden

April 22, 2009

Stainless Steel Facts

Filed under: Uncategorized — gardengamesandleisure @ 1:58 pm

Today we have for you a quick lesson on stainless steel types. There are many different grades of stainless steel for a wide variety of uses, the two grades commonly used for consumer goods are 430 Stainless Steel & 304 Stainless Steel.

Grade 304 is better quality, particularly for outdoor use as due to its nickel content (about 8%) it cannot rust. Our SilverSteel BBQ’s are made from 304 Stainless Steel.

Grade 430 contains iron and can rust. However, highly polished 430 Stainless Steel is still quite weather resistant and takes a long time to rust if the surface is left unscratched. It is much cheaper than Grade 304 as it doesn’t use any nickel. It is also magnetic due to the iron content. There is a miss-conception that Stainless Steel can’t be magnetic, Grade 430 is Stainless Steel and is magnetic.

Stainless Steel products available here include our SilverSteel BBQ and some of our range of Alan Titchmarsh Water Features.

Handy Hint: The best way to keep an outdoor Stainless Steel item nice and shiny is to occasionally clean it with either olive oil or baby oil. This gets rid of all marks and prevents water marking.

Hope you enjoyed our quick nugget of information.

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