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topic 59753

SS304 or SS316 for a Still



December 16, 2014

Q. Hello finishing forum

I want to make a still for my personal use.
I am thinking what to choose, SS304 or SS316 as the boiler.
I have a question about the chlorides (300 mg/l) in my water which are considered high because we have hard water in our area.
Will the hard water present a problem to a pot made from SS304?
Will cleaning and drying the pot properly will be enough?

Thank you
Oz

OZ MELAMED
hobbyist - HOLON ISRAEL


January 6, 2015

A. Oz,
That's probably not enough chloride to worry about, it's certainly nothing compared to pool water or ocean water. For your purposes, my guess is the 304 would be sufficient. Of course it's always the same trade off, 316 is more expensive but more corrosion resistant than 304.

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