The distinctions between the stainless steel material:
Type 304 is often referred to as "18-8" ( 18% chromium, 8% nickel ) with the basic stainless alloy most commonly utilized for wire cloth weaving. It withstands outdoor exposure without rusting and resists oxidation at an elevated temperature up to 1400 Degrees Fahrenheit. Type 304 L is very similar to T-304.The difference between Type 304 and Type 304 L is the reduced carbon content.
Type 316 is stabilized by the addition of 2% molydbenum and an "18-8" alloy. It has better resistance to corrosion than the other chromium-nickel stainless steels where brines, sulphur-bearing water or halogen salts(such as chlorides) are present. A valuable property of T-316 has high creep strength at elevated temperatures. Other mechanical properties and fabricating characteristics are similar to T-304.Type 316 L is very similar to T-316. The difference between Type 316 and Type 316 L is on the reduced carbon content that is for wire cloth weaving and secondary welding characteristics.