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Natural Gas vs Propane BBQ

When it comes to barbecuing, there are two main types of fuel that people use: natural gas and propane. Both have their own pros and cons, so it’s important to know the difference before you decide which one to use for your grill.

Natural gas is the cheaper of the two options, but it requires a direct connection to a natural gas line. This can be a problem if you don’t have a natural gas line running to your house. Propane, on the other hand, is more expensive but it’s also more portable. You can buy propane tanks of various sizes and hook them up to your grill whenever you need them.

Natural Gas vs Propane BBQ. Picture of grilling on a barbeque.

So, which is the better option for you? It really depends on your specific situation. If natural gas is available and you have a direct connection to it, then it’s probably the better choice. If not, then propane may be the way to go.

If you’re considering switching to natural gas for your BBQ, then there are a few things to keep in mind.

First, natural gas is not as hot as propane, so it will take longer to cook your food. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something to be aware of. Additionally, natural gas grills tend to be more expensive than propane grills.

This leads into the second point, the necessity of having the correct burners for your BBQ or purchasing a new natural gas bbq. Most propane BBQs have natural gas conversion kits available, however, some models cannot be converted. Check with the manufacturer of your grill to see if a natural gas conversion kit is available for your model.

If you do switch to natural gas, you’ll also need to purchase a natural gas hose and regulator. The hose should be made of durable material that can withstand high temperatures, such as stainless steel. The regulator controls the flow of gas to your grill and is an important safety device. Make sure to purchase a regulator that is approved for use with natural gas grills.

When using propane, there are also a few things to keep in mind. First, propane is a highly flammable gas, so it’s important to be careful when handling it. Second, propane tanks can leak if they are not properly maintained. Be sure to check your propane tanks regularly for leaks.

Finally, keep in mind that natural gas and propane have different BTU (British Thermal Unit) ratings. This means that a natural gas grill will not be as hot as a propane grill with the same BTU rating. So, if you’re looking for a grill that gets very hot, then you’ll want to choose propane over natural gas.

In the end, it really comes down to personal preference. Both natural gas and propane have their own set of pros and cons. It’s important to consider all of these factors before deciding which fuel is right for you.

This brings us to the most important question of all – does one taste better than the other?

Natural Gas vs Propane BBQ. Picture of a steak on a barbeque.

The answer, quite frankly, is no. The taste of your food will not be affected by the type of fuel you use. So, if you’re looking for a grill that uses natural gas or propane, there’s really no wrong choice. It all comes down to personal preference.

If you do decide you want to go with a natural gas BBQ, then you may want to consider the cost. First, in Ontario, Canada, you will need an HVAC company to hook up your gas line for you. The cost for this will depend on the length and circumference size of gas line needed and the company you use.

In addition, natural gas grills are typically more expensive than propane grills. This is because natural gas is a cheaper fuel and thus, companies can charge more for natural gas grills. However, this is not always the case. Be sure to check out your local BBQ vendor.

We love to support local business. If you have questions about BBQs, a great vendor to visit is TA Appliances & Barbeques. They have a great selection of natural gas and propane grills and the staff is excellent.

So, there you have it. The pros and cons of natural gas and propane grills. Be sure to consider all of the factors before making your decision. And, most importantly, don’t forget to enjoy your BBQ!

Summer is a great time to discuss BBQs and also a great time to discuss Air Conditioning. If you have a few minutes, check out our article on Air Conditioner Services.


Co-Founder Total Aire Care

James Chandler

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