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I know its been asked before, probably many times.... Where is a good place to get small amounts of steel for garage/hobby work? I'm specifically interested in 16g steel sheet, but also basic steel like angle, bar, square, etc. in small quantities (and at decent prices of course...).

And if anyone has scrap or knows where some scrap can be found for cheap that works too.

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for small quantities, I hit Ace, Jax and home depot/lowes, but it aint exactly cheep. I'm not even sure I want to know how much I got raped for. But for some reason, it's always a weekend when I realize I need/want some steel.

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I get my scraps, $.50/lb, from K&K surplus which is just south of Hile High Flea Market. They not only sell scrap but also new materials. They will sell short cuts (like 5',6',10',12',18',20',24'). Their prices aren't great but if you only need 6' then it is the place to go. If I want full sticks/sheets then I go to Hinton Steel.

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Dencol, but like Doug said, it's usually the weekend when I decide I need steel and they're only open during the week.
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K&K for all sorts of scrap, mostly...great for plate, strap, bar, and angle. They stock some new box tube and strap, dunno what else offhand. Found some great stuff there in the scrap bins.

Pretty sure I got my tube from Hinton. Very good prices. Not sure if they do anything except tube.

Haven't been to DenCol yet. What do they sell?

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Check out Rose steel. They're in Lafayette.

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Haven't been to DenCol yet. What do they sell?
Steel

I don't think they have any special stuff like DOM and I know they're limited on cold rolled. They have hot rolled everything, plate, bars, flats, tube, etc.
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OOH thanks for the heads up all, as Troy and I need to go get more steel to make the winch a carrier and finish his project table!

So are all these steel places closed on the weekend? (Except K&K which is open sat morning till noon)

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I know Fort Collins is a little far north, but Colorado Iron and Metal is a great place. We use them at work when we only need small pieces of plate or short sections of Tube. They are located on Mulberry, just west of Link Lane. I do believe they are open on Saturdays, and their prices are better than what you will Find at Home Depot, etc. Plus, they will cut you anything that you want for a very reasonable fee.

For aluminum, there is only one place to go. ALRECO in Brighton, right of 85 and 120th?. Bob knows anything and everything about aluminum and has remnants of almost any alloy and shape (at work we refer to his facility as the aluminum grave yard).

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Thanks - good info here. I'm making a run to AAA metric tomorrow (central Denver), so I thought I might need to kill 2 birds. But it looks like I've got some good, local options for basic steel.

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Can we stickify this thread...maybe in the Extreme Screwing With Your Junk section? So it doesn't get lost again.

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x2 for K&K - very reasonable if you can find stuff in the scrap section. The 1.75"x.219"wall DOM I got from them was in the "new" section and wasn't exactly cheap ...

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Since it's a sticky now, I'll add in Ryerson and EMJ to the list but they may only sell wholesale, I'm not sure.
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its a drive for you but tiger steel in fort collins is great place to buy steel and for cheap

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I use Tube Service in Aurora for DOM and Altitude Steel in Denver for everything else. Great prices, great service.

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Another option

Broomfield Sheet Metal - just down the road from Rose in eastern Lafayette. I ended up getting my 16g from them on a referral from Rose. Their customer service sucked, so all I'll say is that its another option.

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How was pricing? Most steel places that i have been to have been lacking on the service side.

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$25 for a 3' x 4' sheet of 16 gauge, cold-rolled.

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Anybody know how that stacks up against other suppliers in the area? I know it's MUCH better than what I paid for my floor board stuff. I'm not surprised I paid more, but I'm surprised by how much more I paid.

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Didnt you pick yours up at the HD though? They always rape you on stuff like this.

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yeah.. like I said, I knew I paid more.. just surprised at how much more.

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That pricing is cheaper than the place up here in the fort, and up here they only had 2'x2' sheets.

Makes me want to buy a sheet and redo some of the plating on my bumper.

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There's a place off of Hampden and federal on that little frontage road that parallels hampden can't remember the name but they were close to where I lived in Littleton.

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Bump for k&k. I went there last Saturday and they had tons of 1 3/4" tube with 1.88 wall (not dom) and a bunch of angle and flat in their scrap section for $.50 per lb. The guys there were helpful, too.
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I've had pretty good luck at Den Col up in commerce city. Bought from em several times but it's not too convenient.
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I just picked up a load of 1.75" .120 wall DOM tubing from Marmon/Keystone (near the Denver Upull on Broadway and 58th area) and they had killer prices. Their DOM price was cheaper then most of the other places HREW tubing price, in some cases by a fair margin. I got 100 feet (making a roll cage) so a single stick might be more expensive, and getting it cut down shorter or delivered will also increase price. Friendly nice people too.

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i go get my stuff at den-col and k&k i like and hate K&K because you can walk around and look at things and that is why i hate them 2 because as i walk around i think of more projects but that i don't need to start but because it is there i buy it. I guess it is nice i have extra stuff at the house that just sits around if i need it. I get a discount at den-col form the company i work for so hit me up if you want to get stuff there i might be able to help in the cost area.
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Stolen from a building skids thread:

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If you need to buy some new sheet then do what I did. I went to DenCol and had them shear the pieces that I needed. You only pay for the steel that you need plus the shear cost (~$5 per piece). They don't make you buy the whole sheet.
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4x8x3/16 is 152$ at K&K, 1/8" is 112$, 1/4" is expensive but they have some long sections a little over 2' wide and maybe 5' long in surplus at the moment, going for about 75$.
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K&K is great for short cuts and scrap but they are expensive for full sheets/sticks. I go to either Hinton Steel or DenCol. DenCol was $50 cheaper on my cuts. 5 pieces ranging in sizes: (all 3/16")
1-17x40, $30.05
1-24x40, $40.20
1-21x27, $25.99
1-16x28, $21.92
1-3x28, $6.56

Total: $124.72 + tax

This is the steel for my skids including the fuel tank.

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I like K&K as well, real laid-back guy with tons of shorter pieces and odd but useful stuff. He also has larger stuff too...

I also buy at Adams City Steel. The trouble there is that you end up with big lengths of stuff unless you pay to have them cut it down. I am usually looking for smaller stuff myself, but I did by a 10' length of 3"x8", 1/4" steel box steel tube for my Unimog bumper, and it was $170 I think. It was so heavy I had trouble moving it. If that's the kind of thing your after, Adams has a LOT of it!

I am on the south side of the Denver area, so Adams is closest to me, and so I frequent them more often. Both places sell by the pound, so prices change with the market, and both have websites. I also have gone to body shops and picked up various things. McCandless does semi repairs and I have picked up a few pieces of huge stuff from them.
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This thread needs an update and a bump. I've been moon lighting some welding projects on the side so I'll post what I've found in the last couple months. FWIW, I deal with mostly structural square/rectangular tubing, cold rolled bar, and hot rolled plate. Not as much on round tubing and nothing scrap.

NOT Tube Service (that's what prompted this reply)! Their prices are a joke. Seriously, I expected a ridiculous price and actually chuckled on the phone when the lady gave me a price today. That's the 2nd time I've called them for a quote in the last month and won't bother again.

EMJ quoted me $104 on a full length of DOM (they only sell full lengths).

Tube Service came in at $117 for 40" (that's all I needed) or $210 for a full length (at $10.51/ft.) That's $82 for a cut!? Dencol charges $1.50/cut last time I checked, sure, different business model but whatever.

I've been getting a lot of material from EMJ, they sell DOM, HREW, structural tubing and Cold rolled but only sell full lengths. If I need partials of those, I go to Altitude, Dencol, K&K or Metal Supermarkets.

Altitude (Central Denver) has been a little bit higher in quoting but they're open on Saturday and I believe they are also a scrap yard (in addition to new).

K&K (Commerce City) is also open Saturday and are a scrap yard so if you get scrap it's cheap (in addition to new).

Metal Supermarkets (Wheatridge) stocks the most variety (everything) but they're small so if you need a lot of 1 size, they may not have it. Best prices lately. Closed weekends.

EMJ (North Denver) Closed weekends. Only sell full lengths. Best prices on what they sell (that means 12' on cold rolled and 20-24' on tubing).

PS. I design and build stuff if you need anything. Nothing automotive (it doesn't pay, it's rusty, it's messy and I have my own dumb truck that upsets me more than enough).
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