I've pretty much been a ss316l guy since first trying it (I get that kanthal aftertaste too), I'd probably start with 26 gauge though for it. SS takes longer to heat up and holds the heat longer, than say a ka1 or an n80. Swapping flavor for ramp time is a no brainer for me, but that's me. Even something as simple as a ss clapton will produce good results, but have also experienced a difference with just straight wire. Your atty plays a much bigger role in your results than a wire will though.