Using Natural Gas for Your Grill

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Over the last few years, more and more outdoor appliances have shown up that are gas powered. Patio heaters, gas fireplaces, and of course, gas cooking equipment. Also, grills have gotten larger and larger and much more powerful. This means that you could be burning through propane tank after tank if you spend a lot of time in on the porch. So why not go natural gas?

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Natural gas has many benefits. It can be much cheaper, as much as a third of the price of propane for each BTU. Natural gas burns much cleaner than propane, so it's better for the environment and you don't get as much exhaust from the burning propane. Plus, it won't run out until the gas company does in 30 to 40 years. No more tanks to refill, no more worrying about running out in the middle of a big cookout, and no more carrying those heavy tanks.

Most gas-fired outdoor appliances such as grills, smokers, patio heaters, or fire pits come in a natural gas version. If you are in the market for a new grill, think about natural gas before you buy. Most stores will have them available or they can order one for you. If you already have a propane burning gas grill, contact the manufacturer about getting a conversion kit. For many gas grill models, you can make the conversion in a few minutes with little more than a wrench. Have your installer put in a quick connect gas line so you can plug in your gas appliance easily.

Whether you are in the market for a new gas grill or what to get away from those trips to find propane, think about natural gas. You'll find it really makes outdoor cooking and relaxing much easier.