: Where to BUY Steel


Jacket
01-28-2009, 08:57 AM
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.

mrdoug
01-28-2009, 09:26 AM
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.

Gerdo
01-28-2009, 09:38 AM
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.

Brandon
01-28-2009, 10:04 AM
Dencol, but like Doug said, it's usually the weekend when I decide I need steel and they're only open during the week.

devinsixtyseven
01-28-2009, 10:13 AM
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?

AxleIke
01-28-2009, 10:22 AM
Matt,

Check out Rose steel. They're in Lafayette.

Fixing up that rear sil eh? I don't envy you. :D

Brandon
01-28-2009, 10:28 AM
Haven't been to DenCol yet. What do they sell?

Steel :D

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.

Lysmachia
01-28-2009, 11:57 AM
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)

sl3807
01-28-2009, 12:13 PM
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).

Jacket
01-28-2009, 12:42 PM
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.

devinsixtyseven
01-28-2009, 01:09 PM
Can we stickify this thread...maybe in the Extreme Screwing With Your Junk section? So it doesn't get lost again.

RedRunnertc
01-28-2009, 04:27 PM
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 ...

Brandon
01-28-2009, 05:54 PM
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.

GodyillaTaco
01-28-2009, 09:46 PM
its a drive for you but tiger steel in fort collins is great place to buy steel and for cheap

ksp04031
01-29-2009, 12:25 AM
I use Tube Service in Aurora for DOM and Altitude Steel in Denver for everything else. Great prices, great service.

Jacket
02-13-2009, 04:30 PM
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.

ike
02-13-2009, 05:18 PM
How was pricing? Most steel places that i have been to have been lacking on the service side.

Jacket
02-13-2009, 05:34 PM
$25 for a 3' x 4' sheet of 16 gauge, cold-rolled.

mrdoug
02-13-2009, 06:12 PM
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.

ike
02-13-2009, 06:16 PM
Didnt you pick yours up at the HD though? They always rape you on stuff like this.

mrdoug
02-13-2009, 06:18 PM
yeah.. like I said, I knew I paid more.. just surprised at how much more.

ike
02-13-2009, 06:20 PM
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.

poorboyota26
03-05-2009, 06:52 PM
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.

92sas
07-20-2009, 11:25 PM
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.

1asyotr
08-21-2009, 03:53 PM
I've had pretty good luck at Den Col up in commerce city. Bought from em several times but it's not too convenient.

Haku
11-21-2009, 10:37 AM
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.

JH

newwelder27
01-30-2010, 04:12 PM
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.

Lysmachia
02-16-2010, 08:46 PM
Stolen from a building skids thread:

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.

4x8x3/16 is 152$ at K&K, 1/8" is 112$, 1/4" is expensive but they have some long sections a little over 2' wide and maybe 5' long in surplus at the moment, going for about 75$.

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.

itjobhunter
07-03-2010, 12:09 PM
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.