If you're in the market for a new outdoor barbecue, then you might be torn between stainless steel and powder-coated products. In many cases, stainless steel is a better outdoor option. Read on to learn more about these barbies and why you should consider going with a stainless steel model.

What Are Powder-Coated Barbecues?

Powder-coated barbecues are usually made from steel. At the end of the manufacturing process, the steel barbie case is given a coat of a specialist powder paint.

Here, you spray a powder resin over the unit and then heat it to make the resin melt and bond to the surface. At the end of the process, the barbecue has a thick coating over the steel. This works like a coat of paint; however, the final coating has better stickability and resilience than regular paint.

What Are Stainless Steel Barbecues?

Stainless steel barbecues are made from different grades and thicknesses of stainless steel. These products are not coated or painted during the manufacturing process.

The grade and thickness of stainless steel affects the longevity and resilience of the barbecue. Typically, each grade has some extra metals mixed into it to add functionality.

For example, chromium makes stainless steel harder and more rust-proof. Nitrogen makes the steel stronger and prevents pitting problems as the steel ages. Typically, thicker grades of steel last longer than thinner ones.

Why Choose Stainless Steel Over Powder Coating?

Powder-coated barbecues are strong and resilient. The coating protects the base metal. It prevents exposure to the elements, such as rain and moisture.

However, like any coating, this treatment can fail. A barbecue will only stay in good shape as long as the coating is in good shape.

If a powder-coated barbecue gets scratched, or if outdoor exposure, say to air with a high salt content, breaks down the coating, then the barbecue will be in trouble. If it is loses even a small part of its protective coverage, then air and moisture exposure will make the base steel rust.

Once the steel rusts, your barbecue has a limited life. You can't generally access the rust to treat it because it is under the coating. Once the rust gets bad enough, you'll need to buy a new barbie.

Stainless steel lasts longer. It won't rust even if it gets scratched. This metal can withstand environmental, fat and chemical damage.

Plus, you can choose from different steel grades to get the right barbecue for your location. For example, if you live close to the sea, then you can buy a marine-grade stainless steel barbie that can withstand exposure to salt water or salty air. Your barbecue will last longer before you need to replace it.

To find out more, contact stainless steel outdoor barbecue manufacturers or suppliers.