Stainless Steel Grills

The summer season is here and that means it is time to break out the grill. There are many different types of grills: charcoal, gas, electric, fire-pit style, etc., as well as many different manufacturers, price tags, sizes, etc. Grills are also made out of a variety of different metals. But one of the most common metals used is stainless steel.

Stainless Steel Grills

Stainless steel is a popular choice for grills for a few reasons.

  1. Well, it looks good. Stainless steel has a stigma attached to it that it is a high-end product and that stigma is mostly right. Your refrigerator looks fancier, your toaster looks fancier, and your grill looks fancier. If you keep it clean it sparkles and shines. A stainless steel grill definitely catches peoples’ attention.
  2. It’s easy to clean. Stainless steel isn’t dust, dirt, grease, or water-spot resistant, but it is easy to clean off the spots and make your grill shine again. Here are three ways to clean stainless steel appliances.
  3. It’s corrosion resistant. While there are different grades of stainless used for stainless steel grills and each grade has different levels of corrosion resistance, stainless steel is known for its corrosion resistance. This is because chromium is added to the steel and reacts with oxygen to form chromium oxide. This gives it its corrosion resistant properties. Learn more about how stainless steel is made.
  4. Because of its corrosion resistance, it is also one of the most sanitary steels. Stainless is commonly used for food service equipment, medical equipment, processing equipment, etc., because of its sanitary benefits.

300 series stainless vs. 400 series stainless

Just because a grill (or other appliance) is stainless, does not mean it is a higher-quality product. A high-quality stainless steel grill is typically made from 300 series stainless grades, specifically 304 stainless. Because it has a higher nickel content and less steel in the alloy, 304 is higher quality and generally higher cost.

You will find 300 series stainless steel used for high-end grills. If you are unsure if the grill you are picking out is 300 series stainless, try the magnetic test. If the magnet sticks to the product, it is not a 304-grade stainless steel grill.

However, don’t be worried about purchasing a 400 series stainless steel grill. It is what fits within most people’s budgets and many grill manufacturers have changed to the 400 series to lower costs. Just make sure you do your research.

If you are choosing a 430-grade stainless grill, make sure you look for heavier gauge construction throughout. That will ensure it is holds up longer. Some manufactures also mix stainless grades in their construction. The lid may be a 304-grade, but the base might be 430.

If all else fails, wherever you are purchasing your grill from should have an expert to talk to.

For more information on the best stainless steel for your application contact your local sales representative.

May ONI Insight: Market Indicators

Private sector job creation slowed more than expected in April as only 156,000 jobs were added compared to the 195,000 that were expected.

“The job market appears to have stumbled in April,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. “Job growth noticeably slowed, with some weakness across most sectors. One month does not make a trend, but this bears close watching as the financial market turmoil earlier in the year may have done some damage to business hiring.”

The U.S. trade deficit fell more than expected in March as imports of goods decreased to the lowest point since 2010. The Commerce Department said the trade gap fell 13.9% to $40.4 billion also as exports fell.

A strong dollar and soft global demand have hindered exports, but there are signs that some of the drag is starting to fade. The Institute for Supply Management reported that a gauge of export orders received by U.S. manufacturers rose in April for the second straight month, reaching the highest level since November 2014.

Higher steel prices have been a recent trend in the metals industry. Domestic mills have recently increased prices on a variety of steel products, including sheet, plate, and reinforcing bar. However, it is still too early to say whether the steel market is rebounding. This is due to unpredictable factors such as Chinese trade policy, imports, and iron ore and scrap prices.

The Architectural Billings Index (ABI) was at 51.9 in March, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous period. This score reflects an increase in design. The new projects inquiry index was at 58.1, down a mark from the reading of 59.5 the previous month.

The Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) registered at 50.8% in April, a decrease of 1 percentage point from the previous reading of 51.8%. The New Orders Index registered 55.8%, a decrease of 2.5 percentage points from the March reading. The Production Index registered at 54.2%, lower than the March reading of 55.3%.

View the complete May ONI Insight Guide below and for more information contact your local sales representative.

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