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.
|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.