There are two types of natural gas grills and both are installed differently. As with every product, each of the two have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Two Types of Gas Grills – Advantages and Disadvantages
If you are looking to purchase a gas grill, you have two main types to choose from. When most people think of a gas grill, the grill that immediately comes to mind is the propane grill, which has been sold for about 40 + years.
This is the type of grill that requires you to purchase a tank of propane gas at a local convenience store, or grocery store. In order to install this type of grill, all you have to do is attach the short hose that is attached to the bottom of the grill to the tank by screwing it on tightly.
The second type of natural gas grill uses standard, household grade natural gas. It is important to note that natural gas and propane are nowhere near the same gas. They are completely different and they are not compatible in any way.
A natural gas grill cannot be attached to a store bought tank. If you do try to hook it up using a tank of propane, there is a very high chance that the grill will explode or worse, explode and then burn down your house.
A natural gas grill requires you to attach the necessary plumbing to the gas system of your home. The question is, how exactly do you attach an outdoor grill to your household gas system?
A Natural Gas Grill
There are a lot of advantages of using a natural gas grill. Since it is directly connected to your home, you do not have to purchase heavy propane tanks. You have all of the advantages of cooking on your home stove while enjoying the wonders of the outdoors. Another advantage is that you do not run the risk of running out of gas … well, unless you forgot to pay the gas bill.
- Stub Out – This method of hooking up a natural gas grill is somewhat crude, but it is very effective. Using this method, a plumber will drill a hole in the side of your house and place a steel pipe through the hole. He will then attach valve to this pipe. After the plumber hooks pipe, the home owner must then figure out how the grill assembly works and the best way to connect to it.
- Gas Plug (Safety Disconnect) – The second method of hooking up a natural gas grill, and the safest method, is not simply an attachment, but more of a system of hooking up the grill. Lucky for customers, the companies that make natural gas grills agreed to use a universal system that consists of a quick – disconnect fitting that is attached to a 10 foot hose. This hose is reinforced to ensure that there is no chance of the hose developing a leak. The quick disconnect system ensures that the homeowner is able to completely disconnect the grill within a matter of seconds. The system this hose hooks up to must be installed by a plumber, just like any other gas line. The system attaches directly to the side of the house and looks just like any other outdoor utility hookup. The safety box performs exactly as its name hints, it is a “Gas Plug.”
Unlike the “Stub Out” method of connecting your natural gas grill, the gas plug method does not simply require you to attach a hose to a pipe. This method utilizes a box that is professionally installed on the side of your house. It has many features that are not available using the previous method.
The first feature that is available using this method is the uniquely designed box that will not let the gas hose disconnect from the hose until the gas shut off valve is completely turned off.
The second feature that the box has is that it has a fitting that is specially made to disconnect quickly. This allows you to unhook the hose while the grill is still hot.
Moving the grill from one place to another does not put strain on the safety hose. This is because the end of the hose that connects to the grill has an easy swivel connection.
The safety box that attaches directly to your house comes with a utility cover. The ensures that the hose attachment is only exposed when you want it to be, and that it is weatherproof to prevent damage to the inside of the system.
Natural gas is much cheaper, and easier to access then propane.
Unfortunately, just like with any other product, there are some disadvantages to the natural gas grill. Even if you have a frown on your face right now, perk up! Everything has some disadvantages and no product is free from all flaws.
The most annoying disadvantage of hooking up a gas grill is the initial cost of having the system hooked up. Convenience isn’t cheap, but in the end the price you pay is well worth it. The safety box itself is approximately $150.
Depending on where you are located, the price of a plumber can easily range between $400 and $700. However, if you own your home, having the natural gas line and the safety box is well worth the out of pocket cost because the only components you will ever have to replace are the hose and the natural gas grill.
Since they come with a pretty decent warranty, that is not a worry you will have for quite a few years as long as you keep a copy of your warranty safely put away in case something were to go wrong with the grill or the hose.