When you are learning to weld or working on a metal fabrication project, often one of the first questions is “Where do you buy material for welding projects?”
We most often get most of our materials from a local steelyard, but there are a variety of other sources you can use depending on the type of metal you need, the quantity required, and how quickly you need the materials.
TimWelds offers up an informative tour of seven possible places that you can buy material for welding projects, each of which is outlined and expanded upon below…
Best Places to Source Metal for Welding Projects
- Your Local Metal Supplier or Steel Yard
- Remnant Bins
- Online Metal Suppliers
- OnlineMetals.com offers Alloy Steel, Aluminum, Anodized Aluminum, Specialty Aluminum, Beryllium Copper, Brass, Bronze, Carbon Fiber, Carbon Steel, Cast Iron, Copper, Metric, Nickel, Nickel Silver, Plastics, Stainless Steel, and Titanium
- Metals Depot
- Carbon Steel Sheet Stock, Plates, Bars and Coils ~ Carbon steel blanks, flats, bars, plates and sheet stock from Grainger come in a variety of widths, lengths and thicknesses for your industrial applications. Select low-steel and mild-steel rectangular or square carbon steel bars in hot-rolled and cold-rolled tempers that are readily brazed or welded, good for screw machining and that offer you excellent ductility. Also get carbon steel flat stock from 1/32″ to 1/4″ thick in dry or oiled finishes ideal for your building jobs.
- Amazon and eBay
- Local Fabrication Shops, Sheet Metal Shops or Automotive Shops
- Your Local Hardware, Farm or Home Store ~ Metals at these stores is often more expensive, yet convenient. See more on this in video on big-box store steel.
- Home Depot
- Ace Hardware
- Tractor Supply
- Welding Coupons
- Laser Cutters
Your Local Junkyard
Your local recycler