Reasons Not to Use Propane in a Natural Gas Barbecue Reasons Not to Use Propane in a Natural Gas Barbecue

Outdoor gas grills such as propane barbecue sets are a common appliance in United States households. Although propane barbecue grills are familiar to all, you can also buy barbecue sets which use natural gas. Propane gas is often unreliable and runs out without warning. You can obtain natural gas for your grill from your house's supply, so natural gas can be much more convenient.

Reasons to Convert to Natural Gas

While most gas grills have been designed to be used with propane barbecue cylinders, conversion is relatively easy. Natural gas is more expensive than propane, but it is the most convenient of all the barbecue types.

Natural gas is also cleaner than propane, and less likely to be the cause of accidents and fires. While you need to check a natural gas grill for leaks and flaws as regularly as a propane grill, the natural gas option is generally more reliable. It is also certain never to run out.

Differences between Propane and Natural Gas Barbecues

Propane gas has a higher calorific value (BTU) than natural gases such as methane, which means that propane barbecue gas cannot simply be put into a natural gas barbecue. A propane barbecue will actually burn about three times hotter than one using natural gas. When you cook food on a propane barbecue which you have converted to natural gas, you need to monitor the food carefully.

While you can convert a natural gas burner to propane, you have many reasons not to do so. A propane barbecue poses a greater risk to safety, due to the instability of the gas. It also contains more carbon than a natural gas barbecue and is therefore more likely to expose outdoor cooks to carcinogens.

Natural gas is the most common form of gas piped into homes and business areas. Propane barbecues use gas from protable cylinders, which can cause more problems when you consider storage and accident prevention.

When you convert to natural gas, you have to widen the nozzle orifices of propane grills. Propane requires a smaller nozzle because the pressure from propane is much greater than with natural gas. So if you attempt to use propane with a natural gas barbecue, you could quickly start a fire.

It has recently become possible to buy barbecues that accept both propane and natural gas, but these barbecue sets, known as "dual fuel" grills, can be expensive, without even counting the cost of fuels.

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