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Christopher *

Locale: US East Coast
Metal tube on 09/11/2013 17:43:10 MDT Print View

I am starting to work on an idea and I need small food-safe metal tubing with a OD under 1/4" and as thin of a sidewall as possible.

The problem is every "metal" site I go to looks like my little brother designed it and my "Spidey-sense" won't let me enter my CC information.

Does anyone have a source that they have used confidently that may stock small gauge metal tubing as described?


James Klein

Locale: Southeast
Re: Metal tube on 09/11/2013 19:06:21 MDT Print View

Mcmaster-carr is definitely credible.

I would buy from (maybe have??)

Edited by jnklein21 on 09/11/2013 19:07:23 MDT.

Christopher *

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Re: Metal tube on 09/11/2013 19:30:55 MDT Print View

Thanks James,

Mcmaster-Carr would have been my "go-to", but they don't seem to carry anything smaller than 1/4 OD in material appropriate for food contact. was one of the sites that gave me the heebie-jeebies, so I am glad to hear they are an actual business and not a guy in his basement with a CC reader. :)

Any other suggestions?

James Marco
(jamesdmarco) - MLife

Locale: Finger Lakes
Re: Re: Re: Metal tube on 09/11/2013 19:56:52 MDT Print View

McMaster-Carr has a wide variety of stainless tubing. A lot is less than 1/4"
It can be boiled to sterilize it if this is a problem.

Christopher *

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Re: Re: Re: Metal tube on 09/11/2013 21:13:25 MDT Print View


When I searched McMaster-Carr stainless I was looking in "round tube".

Turns out there was a separate category labeled "small-diameter round tube" and "miniature round tube".

Thanks to all the James that made this possible!

Edited by cfrey.0 on 09/11/2013 21:21:51 MDT.

Jon Fong
(jonfong) - F

Re: Metal tube on 09/11/2013 21:41:58 MDT Print View

Do a web search fro hypodermic tubing. Ultra tough & stiff steel, thin walled tubing and they can come in larger diameters. Best regards - Jon

Christopher *

Locale: US East Coast
Re: Re: Metal tube on 09/12/2013 19:48:41 MDT Print View

Thanks Jon.

I would not have thought about that as a search term, but it has opened up a whole bunch of possibilities.

A tip of the hat to the letter "J".

metal on 09/14/2013 01:27:08 MDT Print View

Ive purchased several items of round stock at various times in the past from to turn parts.

Totally satisfied with them.