|304 Stainless Steel||
304 is the most versatile and the most widely used of all stainless steels. Its chemical composition, mechanical properties, weldability and corrosion/oxidation resistance provide the best all-round performance stainless steel at relatively low cost. It also has excellent low temperature properties and responds well to hardening by cold working.
|316 Stainless Steel||
300 series stainless steels make up over 70% of total stainless steel production. They contain a maximum of 0.15% carbon, a minimum of 16% chromium and sufficient nickel and/or manganese to retain an austenitic structure at all temperatures to the melting point of the alloy.
Low carbon 316, know as 316L is made with the same compounds and reduced Carbon. The reduced carbon further reduces the risk of corrosion.