One of the great pleasures of summer is grilling outside. If you do not already have a grill and are thinking about buying one, you have an important choice to make. Propane or natural gas?  Here are the things to consider.

Propane Natural Gas Advantage
Taste Propane proponents say because liquid propane units grill hotter, they provide a better taste.  They may also say the odor emitted from natural gas grills impacts taste Conversely, natural gas fans say natural gas has a “dry” heat that provides a better char and smoky flavor Subjective
Convenience at home You will need two tanks in case one runs out mid-grilling No danger of running out (as long as you pay your gas bill) Natural gas
Portability You can load propane grills and propane tanks in your car and use them anywhere they are allowed The portability of natural gas grills is limited; they can only be used in places that have a natural gas connection Propane
Short-term cost None other than the cost of the initial tank, which should be $40-$50 Minor if you already have a natural gas line you can connect.  Major if you need to run a gas line Propane
Long-term cost The cost of propane tanks – which is around $25 The cost of natural gas, which should be lower than the cost of propane Natural gas
Energy efficiency Propane burns gas more efficiently even though over the long term it is more expensive Since they have wider ports, the flow of gas is faster Propane
Environmental impact Emits more carbon, although carbon emissions are not terrible Burns cleaner and has a minimal carbon imprint Natural gas

Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric Can Provide a Natural Gas Line Hookup

We are neutral on the propane-natural gas debate. But if you need a natural gas hookup for a grill, our plumbers can help you. We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable HVAC, plumbing, drain and sewer and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.