0.43mm (26 AWG) – SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire – 5.16 ohms/m


SS316L grade commonly features are: food processing equipment, wine making, beer brewing, milk processing, kitchen benches, sinks, troughs, equipment and appliances, heat Exchangers, woven or welded screens for mining, quarrying & water filtration, threaded fasteners.

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26 AWG SS316L Stainless Steel Wire

SS316L is the low carbon version of SS316 grade stainless steel.

This wire is in our stocks for use for weaving mesh. SS316L grade is the industry standard grade of stainless steel for use in the marine, food and medical industries.

SS316L grade commonly features are: food processing equipment, wine making, beer brewing, milk processing, kitchen benches, sinks, troughs, equipment and appliances, heat Exchangers, woven or welded screens for mining, quarrying & water filtration, threaded fasteners.

Specification of Wire:
  • Diameter – 0.43mm (26 AWG) – SS316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel Wire
  • ohms/m – 5.16

We also offer this grade as ribbon wire and flat wire too if required.

Why Use The Crazy Wire Company

  1. Quality of products: The Crazy Wire Company always  offer high-quality products that meet industry standards and customer expectations.
  2. Selection: We offer a wide variety of wire products and sizes to meet the diverse needs of our customers. We have more than 600 products available through our site and counting. 
  3. Price: We always offer the best value possible. Our wires are available as part of our major weaving processes, so it is bought at the best possible rate. 
  4. Availability: Our products are kept in house and are ready to ship immediately. 
  5. Customer service: Our experienced staff help our customers feel confident in their purchases and provide assistance when required. 

What Else Is Available?

Not only do we offer 304 grade stainless steel wire, but we also stock huge levels of SS316, SS430 (magnetic) and SS317L.

We also offer stainless steel in ribbon and flat wire options.

The choice is virtually endless!


FAQs About This Wire

Can SS316L Wire be Used for Electrical Wiring?

  • High Resistance:
    • SS316L wire has a relatively high resistance (5.16 ohms per meter for 0.43mm or 26 AWG wire). This high resistance can lead to significant voltage drops and power losses over longer distances, making it inefficient for general electrical wiring where low resistance is preferred.
  • Specialised Applications:
    • Due to its high resistance, SS316L wire is more suited for specialised applications where resistance is a desired property, such as in heating elements or resistance wires.
    • It is also useful in environments that demand high corrosion resistance, such as marine or chemical processing settings, where standard copper wire might fail.
  • Corrosion Resistance:
    • SS316L’s excellent corrosion resistance makes it suitable for environments where the wire might be exposed to moisture, salts, and other corrosive substances. This property can be beneficial in specific niche applications within the electrical and electronics fields.
  • Mechanical Strength:
    • SS316L wire provides good mechanical strength and durability, which can be advantageous in applications requiring robust wiring solutions.
  • Conductivity:
    • The electrical conductivity of stainless steel is lower than that of copper or aluminum, which are commonly used for electrical wiring due to their superior conductivity and efficiency.

Is SS316L Wire Magnetic?

SS316L stainless steel wire is generally non-magnetic in its annealed (softened) condition. This non-magnetic property is due to its austenitic crystal structure, which is typical for 300 series stainless steels. However, SS316L can become slightly magnetic when subjected to cold working or deformation. Processes like drawing, bending, or forming can induce a degree of magnetism by transforming some of the austenite into martensite. Despite this, the magnetism induced is usually low and often not significant enough to affect its performance in most applications. For applications requiring strict non-magnetic properties, it’s important to consider the manufacturing process and the potential for slight magnetic changes due to cold working.

What are the Mechanical Properties of SS316L Wire?

SS316L stainless steel wire exhibits a combination of mechanical properties that make it suitable for a variety of applications. It typically has a tensile strength of approximately 485 MPa (70,000 psi) and a yield strength of around 170 MPa (25,000 psi), indicating its ability to withstand significant stress before deformation. The elongation at break is about 40%, demonstrating good ductility and flexibility. Additionally, SS316L offers excellent toughness, which is the ability to absorb energy and plastically deform without fracturing, even at cryogenic temperatures. These mechanical properties, combined with its excellent corrosion resistance, make SS316L wire an ideal choice for demanding environments and applications requiring durability and reliability.



The Crazy Wire Company is a leading UK based supplier of nichrome, FeCrAl, and stainless steel wires. We specialise in rapid delivery to any location around the country. Our factory is located in Warrington, which is the historic home of the UK’s wire industry.

Check out our blog ‘What You Need To Know About: Stainless Steel Wires’   for more information on resistance wire in general. Our goal for our blogs and help guides is to answer as many questions as possible to help to explain the possibilities of mesh to our customers. 

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Contact our team today if you have any questions at all. We are always really keen to help in any way that we can. 

Additional information


10 Metres (33 Feet), 25 Metres (82.5 Feet), 50 Metres (166.66 Feet), 100 Metres (330 Feet)


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