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Rusting Stainless Steel BBQ

I'm in the market for a high quality SS BBQ. There are so many manufacturers of bbq's it's hard to tell which is the better. Is there a rating of the different types of stainless steels used in making bbq's? Are there best qualities of stainless to use? What should one look for in a s/s bbq?


Charles Lipton


Hello Charles. 316 is better than 304 (18/8) which is better than 4xx. But realistically, you should check magazines like Consumer Reports [affil link to Amazon], or rely on the reputation of the manufacturer. No manufacturer discloses sufficient manufacturing detail that a consumer is really likely to be able to predict their satisfaction with the BBQ construction materials from first principles. Good luck.

Ted Mooney,
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I have read information about magnetic and non magnetic stainless steel. Which is more prone to rust or oxidize?

Jerry Noell

October 27, 2009

Hi, Jerry. Type 316 and 304 are non-magnetic and are less prone to rusting than 4xx stainless steel, which is magnetic. Good luck.


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