Natural Gas vs. Liquid Propane for Gas Grills

 Weber Spirit E-310 Natural Gas Grill with 3 Burners in Black If you’re in the market for a new grill, you’ve probably noticed that gas grills have become the standard choice in household barbecues across North America.

Gas is efficient and cost-effective. But the selection in form and function has now become dizzying. So where do you start? We recommend that you first decide whether you prefer natural gas or liquid propane as your fuel. Here is a quick rundown on the differences.

Are You Ready for Natural Gas?

Natural gas grills require plumbing installation. If you already have natural gas piped into and throughout your home, adding a line for a new grill may be a relatively simple matter.

Unsure of whether or not your home has natural gas piping? If you have a gas stove, fireplace, furnace, or hot water tank, you should have the main gas line you need to run extra piping to your grill. One major advantage to using natural gas is that it’s typically cheaper than propane and doesn’t require you to refill and monitor propane tanks.

However, if you don’t have the natural gas plumbing mentioned above, you may be committing to a more substantial renovation. Either way, you’ll need to hire a plumber or other professional to do the work for you.

 Weber Q 200 Portable Propane Gas Grill with Cast-Aluminum Lid in Titanium Color

Does Propane Fit Your Lifestyle?

Liquid propane grills call for canisters or larger tanks. If you choose propane, you’ll find that selection includes more economical and portable grills, many of which can be adapted to accommodate both a portable canister and a large tank.

When choosing your propane grill, remember that the type of propane canister is an important consideration. Some portable models use smaller propane canisters that don’t work with standard Acme or ODP valve threading.

Weber Gas Grills

For both natural gas and propane, Weber, originally renowned for their charcoal grills, has become a dominant name in the industry. Weber gas grills are high quality, available in a range of sizes, styles, and prices. Whether you are looking for an inexpensive Weber Go-Anywhere to take on a summer adventure, a Summit S-670 (a premium 6-burner behemoth built for legendary back yard parties) – or somewhere in between – you’ll probably find a Weber grill that meets your needs.

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