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where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
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where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
Holy carp i went to a metal fabrication shop and they wonted a lot...
of money for steel sheet to be cut up.

what do i do???
11-21-2008 01:50 PM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
You could check for scrap at a commercial food service store. They should have lots of SS appliances that are junk. Also, some people have found cheap SS at places like Walmart and Lowes, like SS kick plates for door bottoms for example.

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11-21-2008 07:25 PM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
18ga (.048") 316 Stainless Steel, Cold Rolled & Annealed, 2B Finish


12"x18" Plate Plus or Minus 1/4" 3.0240 lbs Price: $34.30

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11-21-2008 09:23 PM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
timmtbird Wrote:Holy carp i went to a metal fabrication shop and they wonted a lot...
of money for steel sheet to be cut up.

what do i do???

I find that local welding supply and steel suply companies are the best to buy from because the shipping will kill you. I would say that you should looking fo sheets of 304 SS 1/16" (16ga) or less and should run around 15.00 per square foot unless you buy at least a 4'x4' sheet, then they will lower the per foot price. The fabricators are hurting right now too, so you should shop around until you find a hungry one. They are out there.

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11-21-2008 09:35 PM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
Yodamaker Wrote:
timmtbird Wrote:Holy carp i went to a metal fabrication shop and they wonted a lot...
of money for steel sheet to be cut up.

what do i do???

I find that local welding supply and steel suply companies are the best to buy from because the shipping will kill you. I would say that you should looking fo sheets of 304 SS 1/16" (16ga) or less and should run around 15.00 per square foot unless you buy at least a 4'x4' sheet, then they will lower the per foot price. The fabricators are hurting right now too, so you should shop around until you find a hungry one. They are out there.


i can use 304? almost everyone has told me to use316.
what about hot rolled flats sheets?

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11-22-2008 05:55 AM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
304 is what switch plates are made of (and much of the cheap SS you find in stores). 316L will last longer.

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11-22-2008 08:41 AM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
Are you saying 304 is ok to use?
11-22-2008 10:59 AM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
I'm saying that 304 is the minimum spec, and won't last as long as 316L.

Depending on how good you are at conditioning the plates, they could last a year.

If you're working with a proven, high-efficiency design, and can afford it, I'd go for the 316L.

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11-22-2008 11:13 AM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
I have used 304SS since day one and my cell has been in my vehicle since the beginning of june. I have had no degredation of the 304 steel what-so-ever, but then again, I do not use caustic solutions for the electrolyte. (only baking soda and vinegar sometimes)

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11-22-2008 11:32 AM
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RE: where can i get stainless steel sheet for a nice price?
I use 304SS wall plates from Lowes ($1.69 each) and they work just fine! The better you condition and maintain your 304, the longer it will last. One thing to look out for though is if you're using 304SS hardware (also known as 18-8 stainless steel), chances are it will die pretty quickly no matter what. I find myself rebuilding my generator with new hardware every few months. Maybe it's time to convert over to 316L for me?

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