I don't know anything specifically about the Suburban cooktops
, but I would hope that anything advertised as "stainless steel" really is made of some grade of stainless steel.
I agree with Donna that there are many alloys which are legitimately called "stainless steel", they vary in their corrosion resistance, and nothing is perfect. My Boler's original equipment stovetop (a range with oven and 4 burners from Brown Stove Works
, who doesn't seem to make RV appliances any more) looks like brushed stainless steel, but seems more like a plated (e.g. chromed) material when I try to clean it - a brushed finish is really unusual for plated material, which is usually polished. Perhaps it is a less-than-ideal stainless steel, but I am afraid to use anything very abrasive, because if it is plated that would remove the plating.
My guess is that a good (if expensive) source of high-grade stainless steel cooktops would be the yacht suppliers.
Originally posted by Maggie O.@Nov 16 2005, 08:51 AM
...powder coat. I don't think that service is available here...
I can't claim to know anything about Virginia, but I'm sure powder coating services are available - maybe not in every small town, but they're there. This is an industrial serivce not normally used by retail customers, so it may be hard to find. In a brief Google search (for "powdercoat Virginia"), I found Goose Creek Finishing
; although I know nothing specifically about them, their web site shows the kind of powder coating service we're talking about here, and apparently they're somewhere in Virginia; they also have a nice powder coating FAQ