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What's better than a cook out with good food and good friends? A cook out that uses a natural gas barbecue. Even though many people use natural gas to heat and cool their home, they don't consider using it as an energy source for their grill. This buying guide explains the advantages natural gas grills have over charcoal and propane and provides a breakdown of how much it costs to install a gas BBQ.
Benefits of a Gas Barbecue Grill
American grilling, once dominated by charcoal, was revolutionized by the use of propane barbecues. A natural gas grill, however, is superior to both competitors in a number of ways, including:
- Convenience: Most grillers have experienced that moment when, right in the middle of cooking, the propane runs out, requiring a trip to the store or a move indoors. With gas, you have a constant power supply, meaning that you'll never have to worry about half-cooked food or hauling around heavy tanks.
- Portability: With the right gas hookup and a long connection hose, you can place your grill anywhere in your yard. Move the party from the deck to the pool or wherever you like.
- Safety: Natural gas, because it's lighter than air, rises, so in the event of a leak, you won't have to worry about a dangerous gas buildup.
- Cost: In many areas, natural gas is cheaper than propane, resulting in considerable cost savings over the time you own your grill.
- Clean: Not only is natural gas cheaper than propane, but it burns cleaner, resulting in fewer toxins that can end up on your food and in the environment.
Natural Gas BBQ Costs
Assuming that your home already uses natural gas, there are two main components of a natural gas BBQ price: the grill itself, and the additional gas line.
The price of a Gas BBQ can vary significantly depending on whether you go with a simple or top-of-the-line model. A basic gas grill barbecue can be purchased for as little as $250 or less while large units with all the bells and whistles can cost $12,500 or more.
But, keep in mind that you don't necessarily need a grill designed for natural gas. Propane grills can work with natural gas with a conversion kit that can generally be purchased for less than $100.
The final gas BBQ cost consideration, then, is a gas line, which is typically made from steel, stainless steel, or copper. Total costs are highly variable, but expect to pay somewhere around $25 to $75 per foot (read more about gas line piping costs). While the gas line is being installed, a recommended upgrade is a quick connect gas line for safe, easy plug-ins and portability.