Stainless Type 304 is one of the most versatile and commonly used grades of stainless steel. It is a Chromium-Nickel austenitic alloy containing a minimum of 18% Chromium and 8% Nickel with a max of 0.08% Carbon. It cannot be hardened by heat treatment but cold working can produce higher tensile strengths. The Chromium and Nickel alloy provide Type 304 with corrosion and oxidation resistance. It has a lower carbon content than 302 which enable it minimize chromium carbide precipitation due to welding and intergranular corrosion. It has excellent forming and welding characteristics. Type 304 has a ultimate tensile strength of 51,500psi, yield strength of 20,500psi and 40% elongation in 2”. This steel is used in many industries for many different purposes. Some examples are food processing equipment, kitchen equipment and appliances, panelings, trims, chemical containers, fasteners, springs, etc.