So you’re in the market for a new gas barbeque grill. You’re just not sure whether it should be propane or natural gas (aka methane gas). Well, the first thing you need to consider is the cost of running a gas line to your new gas grill. If you already have gas in your house, the cost should be minimal.
If you have to run a line to your house in order to fuel your gas grill – well that’s a whole other story. Will you be using gas to service some or all of the energy needs in your home? If so, then the cost of the meter and line are insignificant. You would be using it whether you had natural gas grills or not.
If you will be using the gas only for your barbecue, then the entire cost of the meter rental, the gas line, and fuel must be considered an expense of having natural gas grills. This can be a very expensive proposition.
If, however, it is feasible to run a gas line to your new gas barbecue grill, there are many benefits of having natural gas grills. Some of these benefits are discussed below:
Methane gas costs much less than propane – in some places up to 50% less. In order to do a true comparison, you need to determine the cost of fuel per Therm. Methane gas is 1 Them per 1 gallon of fuel. Propane is 1 Therm per 1.1 gallons of fuel.
If you consider that methane gas is averaging $0.80 per Therm while propane is averaging $1.63 per Therm then the cost of fuel in 50% cheaper if you use methane gas.
This is not an insignificant differential. Over the course of your grilling “career”, you can save a great deal by using methane gas.
Methane gas burns much cleaner than Propane – so there is less environmental impact with its use. You don’t have as much exhaust from burning methane as you do with propane – which means it doesn’t pollute the environment as much and it doesn’t hang around to ruin the flavor of your food.
People have long complained about the exhaust from Propane getting on their food and running the taste. That is not the case with natural gas grills.
Since Methane is piped directly to your gas barbecue grill, you’ll never run out of fuel in the middle of a big cook off. No more lugging those tanks around to get them filled up, no more worrying about running out of gas. Your fuel supply is unlimited.
Methane gas is also more available during power outages. I live in Tampa, Florida where we have a six month hurricane season. And I have never been without methane gas regardless of whether there was electrical power or not.
If you already have natural gas coming into your home, running a line to your gas barbecue grill is a no brainer. It will cost you less to operate, it is environmentally sound, and it is very, very convenient.
Before you decide to run a line to your house to power your grill with methane gas, consider all the costs involved. Installation costs and monthly rental charges can actually make it much more expensive to use methane gas than propane. Remember, the devil is in the details – and that’s certainly the case here.
On the surface it appears the natural gas grills are hands down better than propane. Just make sure you check out these details before making your decision. If you are in the market for new natural gas grills, be sure to check out the top of the line SUN Gas Grills on my web site below. You’ll find only the very best gas barbecue grills there.
Until next time, Happy Grilling!