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Natural Gas Grill Considerations

Many gas grill manufacturers offer models that can operate on natural gas instead of propane. There are significant differences between these grills to consider.

One difference between the topics is that natural gas-powered grills are not more expensive than LPG-powered grills, but end up having lower operating costs in the long run. The higher starting price of natural gas grills comes from two sources. You can also find natural gas grills from

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The first is that most barbecues are made for propane and need to be converted to natural gas. Conversion usually requires the purchase of a new regulator or new burner tube, as natural gas requires a different propane-air mixture for optimal performance. The second additional cost arises from the need for professional installation of the gas line to the grill.

The lower long-term cost of owning a non-propane grill is due to the fact that using natural gas from a rigid pipe is four to five times cheaper than burning a propane bottle. There are also opportunity costs to consider. Your time is really worth it and you will save a lot of time over the years by not having to walk to the store to replace an empty propane tank.

Another difference between these grills is that natural gas consists primarily of methane, which has a lower calorific value than propane by volume. The bottom line is that non-propane grills typically have lower BTUs per square inch than equivalent propane grills.

Another consideration between these grills concerns mobility. The natural gas grill must be firmly embedded in your existing home gas system. This means there's nowhere else to put your grill once you turn it on.

Most of the time, this shouldn't bother you; However, there will be times when you really want to move your grill. Propane grills offer more portability because propane tanks are usually very portable.