The melting point of steel varies depending on the elemental properties of the alloy. Carbon steel has a wider melting point range than stainless steel. Carbon steel melts between 2,597 and 2,804 degrees Fahrenheit, while stainless steel melts at approximately 2,750 degrees Fahrenheit.
Stainless steel is an alloy that is composed of at least 10.5 percent chromium by mass. It does not rust as fast as carbon steel does when exposed to moisture; the additional chromium ions form a protective film over the metal's surface.
There are over 150 grades of stainless steel used in a wide variety of manufacturing applications, such as construction, household goods, medical equipment and transportation services.