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Choosing the Right Grill – Propane vs. Natural Gas

With all of this talk of grilling and creating great burgers and hotdogs, the only thing left is to take a good look at what you will be grilling them on. As you begin looking at the various types of gas grill on the market, one of the first things you need to consider is whether a propane powered grill will be more to your liking or if one powered by natural gas would make a better choice. The best way to make the right choice is to have a good idea what each type of grill has to offer.


The Advantages of Each of these Gas Grills

As with any purchase you need to take a good look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type of grill. In most cases you will find that natural gas powered grills are less expensive than their propane counterparts. Considering the cost of both types of gas, natural gas is less expensive to operate, it also burns much cleaner and does not leave soot on the burners and flame shields.

Propane grills also have their advantage, the most important of these is their complete portability. Since the propane is stored in a tank (usually around 20 lbs.), you can easily move the grill and its fuel supply to anywhere in your yard or take it with you on your next tailgating party or camping trip. On the other hand a natural gas grill must be connected to a hard line and connected by a professional gas fitter to ensure there are no leaks.

One other important consideration is the amount of gas you have to work with. There is nothing worse than running out of propane in the middle of cooking your next meal. With propane, this is a very definite possibility. When you are hard wired into a natural gas main, the only time you are likely to run out of gas is if you fail to pay your gas bill.


No Difference in Flavor

There are those who would have you believe there is a difference in the tastes between foods cooked on a natural gas grill and those prepared on a propane grill. In reality there is no noticeable difference, the only time this actually comes into play is when you have to choose between gas powered cooking and charcoal.



One final thing to consider is speed. It takes approximately 20 minutes for charcoal to reach cooking temperatures. Both natural gas and propane start producing heat the moment the grill is lit, and are ready to cook on within just a few minutes. Other than cost, both types of grills offer an excellent way to cook your favorite summer meals.

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  • Jaque christo January 3, 2018, 3:23 pm

    Thank you for the post on choosing the right grill, propane vs. natural gas. I definitely like the ability to transport a propane tank and grill where you need it. Also, you can get propane delivered to your home so you don’t even need to go out to buy it.

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