Natural Gas or a Propane BBQ! What do you prefer?
May 27, 2014
Over the last few years the debate over a natural gas BBQ or a propane gas BBQ has become extremely heated. With cost, convenience, and the environment being the main topics of discussion. I recently converted to a natural gas Broil King BBQ (from TA Appliances) with the help of the wonderful and amazing service technicians at Hogg Heating & Air Conditioning (Yes, that may be a very biased statement) and here are some of the thoughts and facts that I looked into before converting.
Natural gas has many benefits. Depending on where you live, but in most cases natural gas is cheaper than propane. When looking at the cost difference we have to take into consideration BTU’s. Natural gas is as much as a third of the price of propane for each BTU. Since natural gas has about half the power of propane it can actually cost a sixth as much or less than propane per volume, but since you use twice as much it’s still a third of the price.
Natural gas also burns much cleaner than propane which means that it is better for the environment and you avoid the propane’s exhaust from ending up on your food. Also, the burnt gas exhaust from natural gas is cleaner for you, your family and friends to breathe while outdoors enjoying your party.
Convenience wise the tank will never be empty and need replacing. With a simple gas line installed trips to the propane station and lugging around the hand piercing tank are not required any longer. The gas line comes complete with a hand valve to turn off and on which is great for fire safety to turn the gas off during a BBQ blaze. Additionally you never have to worry about running out of gas while cooking.
A couple benefits of a propane tank would be that your BBQ is more mobile. If you wanted to move the party off the deck you could do so. A natural gas BBQ has to be more or less in a fixed area unless you have a longer gas line or multiple line hook ups. Are BBQ came with a 10 foot hose, so for the winter and colder seasons I can move the BBQ closer to the door. Aesthetically if you own a propane BBQ that hides the tank it may look more appealing than a natural gas BBQ line that isn’t hidden effectively.
When dealing with a natural gas line, it is essential that you do not install this yourself. Have a licensed certified contractor install your gas line and sit back and enjoy the convenience, cost and environmental benefits of a natural gas BBQ.
Happy summer time BBQ’ing! Give us a call to install and connect your line, we may even bring over some Hogg meat for your BBQ experience.
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