Built to Last
Not much to do to maintain this guy. Available in brushed/satin or highly polished finishes, our stainless steel tubing and components will likely be around long after your bar needs a makeover. Our standard #304 stainless is suitable for indoor or outdoor use and for marine use we can custom fabricate fittings and provide tubing in #316 or 316L Stainless Steel.Type 304, also called "18-8" possesses a minimum of 18% chromium and 8% nickel, combined with a maximum of 0.08% carbon. This version of the alloy resists most oxidizing acids and effectively thwarts ordinary rusting. HOWEVER, IT CAN TARNISH but is usually easily maintained. Type 304 is the material specified more than any other whenever a stainless steel is specified.
Because of its ability to withstand the corrosive action of various acids found in fruits, meats, milk, and vegetables, Type 304 is used for sinks, tabletops, coffee urns, stoves, refrigerators, etc.. It is also used in numerous other utensils such as cooking appliances, pots, pans, and flatware. Last but not least, due to its strength and durability, it is often used for foot rails.
For extremely severe marine environments, a higher level of resistance to corrosion than Type 304 provides may be required. For example, for submerged salt water applications, type 316 Stainless Steel is often the answer. What distinguishes Type 316 from Type 304 is the addition of molybdenum up to a maximum of 3%. Molybdenum increases the corrosion resistance of this chromium-nickel alloy and inhibits pitting caused by chlorides, like salt.
Type 316 is the primary stainless used in harsh marine environments, with the exception of fasteners and other items where strength and wear resistance are needed, then Type 304 (18-8) is typically used.