American Outdoor built in grills, portable grills, and side burners are made with an advanced high-quality 304 stainless steel, also known as A2 Stainless Steel
. 304 stainless is also known as 18/8 Stainless Steel
, which refers to its chromium and nickel content, respectively.
304 stainless steel is used in a wide variety of applications due to its strength against corrosion and rust. This durable steel is undoubtedly the best material for high quality gas grills.
Fun Fact: Standing 630 feet tall, the famous Gateway Arch in St. Louis is made with the same 304 Stainless Steel used in the American Outdoor Grills!
Stainless Steel Grades
As characterized by SAE (Society of Automative Engineers), stainless steel grades are important indicators of quality, durability, and temperature resistance. The following are common classes of stainless steel grades.
200 Series Stainless
The 200 series stainless steels are austenitic, and are a class characterized by having a low-nickel content and is typically comprised of chromium, manganese, and nickel alloys. This series is cheaper and less resistant to corrosion than the 300 series, as it replaces most of the nickel content with manganese to reduce cost.
300 Series Stainless
The 300 series are also austenitic stainless steels, and they resist corrosion very well, are easy to maintain, and retain their strength at high temperatures. The most common materials for this class are chromium, nickel, and molybdenum. More specifically, the 304 grade stainless steel, which is what American Outdoor Grills are made from, is the most versatile stainless steel and is ideal for cookware, appliances, sinks, and of course, grills. While more expensive, the quality and durability of the 304 grade stainless steel will always be worth the premium you pay to have a high quality BBQ.
400 Series Stainless
The 400 series stainless steels are cheaper and more susceptible to corrosion. While strong with great wear resistance, this series is made of chromium and no nickel, which means that in some conditions, rust and corrosion will occur.
Stainless Steel Gauges
The Lower the Gauge, the Thicker the Steel
While 20 gauge (0.038” thick) is the most common stainless steel gauge on gas burners, American Outdoor Grills use 18 gauge, which is even thicker, at 0.05” thick. Thicker gauges require more stainless steel, which also raises the resistance to corrosion. Therefore, American Outdoor Grills are not only made with the highest quality 304 stainless steel, but the thick 18 gauge resists corrosion and rust better than its 20 gauge competitors.
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