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Propane vs. Natural Gas Barbecues: 4 Factors to Consider

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Barbecues can be run on liquid propane (LP) or natural gas (NG). Both fuel options will allow you to grill your steaks and hamburgers to perfection. However, there are some differences between these products in terms of efficiency, cost and convenience. So, if you’re in the market for a new barbecue, here’s what to look for.

1. Heat and efficiency Propane is much more efficient than natural gas. One cubic foot of propane has a BTU rating of 2,516, while a cubic foot of natural gas has a BTU rating of 1,030. This means you’ll have to use almost double the amount of natural gas to produce the same amount of energy as propane. However, the efficiency of your fuel won’t make much difference to your grilling, as manufacturers calibrate natural gas and propane barbecues to deliver consistent and sufficient heat. 2. Eco-friendliness As for which is a better fuel for the environment, both propane and natural gas burn cleanly and release little carbon dioxide, although natural gas produces less than propane. In addition, propane isn’t a greenhouse gas if accidentally released into the atmosphere before combustion. 3. Affordability The price of natural gas and propane depends on the market and where you live. Natural gas is typically cheaper than propane. However, natural gas barbecues are more expensive and need to be installed by a professional. 4. Convenience Convenience may be the most significant difference between using propane and natural gas. If you already have natural gas appliances in your home, a pro can easily install a line to a natural gas barbecue. Once the installation is complete, you’ll have an endless supply of gas at the flip of a switch. However, you’ll be limited as to where on your property you can position your grill, as it will need to be within reach of the gas line. Propane, on the other hand, is stored in transportable tanks. You’ll always need an extra tank on standby in case you run out. When you require another tank, you’ll have to transport your empty one to a grocery store or garden centre, where you can get your empty tank refilled or replaced. The advantage to propane is that you can locate your barbecue anywhere you want. It’s also best for remote properties where natural gas may not be available. Natural gas fittings in the GTA Black Forest Plumbing provides residential and commercial gas fitting services in the Greater Toronto Area. We’re qualified to safely run natural gas lines to your stove, barbecue and dryer. To learn more or schedule a service call, contact us today.


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