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#1 Post by Brandon R »

Hello, Food Experts. I have a Weber kettle and use it quite a bit but, admittedly, I find myself avoiding grilling due to the time and process of loading up the chimney, starting the charcoal, waiting for it to get going, etc. etc. As such, I'd like to buy a gas grill for quick needs. I know, I know, it'll never replace charcoal, so I'm keeping the Weber too. However, for those times when I'd like to just *click* and get it preheating for a quick cook, I'd really like to have one. So, a two-part question:

1.) Are there performance differences when it comes to propane versus natural gas? My neighbor is a general contractor and told me he'd hard-line it into my home natural gas lickety-split. However, do I want that? For convenience, absolutely. However, I am clueless when it comes to performance. Is there a significant difference in how hot natural gas burns versus propane (via tanks)? Are there any other reasons for or against that I'm not considering?

2.) Product recommendations, please. I don't want a HUGE grill...just something with enough heat capability to get the job done. I'm not a big smoker either, so having a smoker box / capabilities isn't necessary. If I want to, I can smoke using chips on the Weber.

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#2 Post by cjsavino »

Propane provides more Btu’s vs natural gas. Just keep a spare tank or two around. I do like being able to move our grill out of the way, fixed line makes that harder.
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#3 Post by Sc0tt F!tzger@ld »

Brandon, I’m admittedly a lazy griller. I have a BGE but mostly use our gas grill, which is connected to our home’s natural gas line. It’s easy and it’s cheap. My two cents...tie in your line.

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If running the line is reasonably cheap I would go that route. I would not worry about any performance difference as I have used both many time and noticed no real difference. The grill itself will make a much larger difference in grill quality than the type of gas used. If you go propane buy two empty tanks and keep one full as a hot spare. They always run out when cooking. Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot. Just be sure to know where your nearest place is that actually fills a tank and does not only do the swap out.

On brands, Weber is always a great choice. I have a Saber and will buy that same brand when I buy another grill which is soon. No flare ups, great temps.
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#5 Post by Rick Joyer »

My $0.02 is that this is a no-brainer for connecting to your natural gas stub.

Similar to others above, I've owned both propane and natural gas grills (including the same grill that I eventually converted from propane to natural gas) and have never noticed any perceptible difference in terms of heat/performance between natural gas and propane. I've heard/read that propane is better/cleaner and performs better, but my suspicion is that that is when the tank is brand new and pushing the propane out hard as what I've seen in my experiences is that once the tank starts getting low, the output from your grill/heater/fire pit etc starts waning. Conversely, on my natural gas plumbed grills, I have never found myself needing more heat or looking for better performance....as you allude in the OP, when I'm grilling on the grill (versus using my BGE) I just want to fire it up, have it ready quickly and get to grilling....a natural gas fed grill can absolutely do that. Another benefit is that sometimes I want to preheat the grill to get it really screaming hot for a cook and I can just go outside, fire it up and walk away for 20 minutes for it to thoroughly preheat and I don't have to worry about how much propane I just chewed through and/or if I'll then have enough for my cook. Lastly, not having to deal with propane tanks is a godsend....even if you have multiple tanks it is IMO a PITA to swap out, go refill, make sure you have enough before your next party etc and natural gas completely solves for that.

Good luck with whatever you decide on. Having both a charcoal grill/smoker and a gas grill to work with is very handy.

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#6 Post by John Davis »

Had them both and there is almost no difference. I have a propane grill now but had gas in the past at a couple of houses. I would rather have gas, assuming it was relatively cheap to run, than deal with tanks. I never needed to move a grill around but if you do then propane is the way to go. Running out of propane in the middle of grilling sucks. Doesn’t happen very often but if you grill enough, it likely will.
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#7 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

My parents had the natural gas tied into the line. Super convenient and it lasted a long time. I had propane and it worked well too, tanks are a bit of a pain.
Does anyone know if cold effects propane? I think propane backpacking stoves are affected by cold.

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#8 Post by C. Mc Cart »

Have had both, but would never go back to propane after getting our new Weber hooked up to our NG line. It is just so convenient to flip a switch and have flames. I have a specific area for this grill, so no need to move it.

Performance difference is noted being to propane's advantage, but I suspect the difference is very minimal. The Weber gets to 700+ with NG.
Waiting for Ooni to come out with the NG conversion for the Koda 16 this summer, so I can get someone to install a spliter on the same line.
Lots of good grills these days, unless you want to go high-end I'm a big fan of Weber (Genesis or Summit lines), as the warranty & specifically their service on the warranty are without peer.
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John S wrote: June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot.
I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
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#10 Post by J0seph S c h e n c k »

Natural gas. Lynx with trident burners. Or Artisan pro. To avoid fire alarms and despite a commercial hood inside, we use the grill for our cast iron / carbon steel pans to get a sear, fry, etc. Rarely do I ever just throw something on the grill anymore.

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#11 Post by Kyle Whitney »

I agree with most of the other comments. I converted to natural gas a couple of years ago, and I noticed no difference in the quality of the heat. It is so much more convenient, not having to deal with the tank refills, or running out of gas in the middle of cooking. I have a Weber Genesis three burner, and it is on wheels. Although I don't move it much it is possible, and it comes with about ten feet of hose. So, it can be moved for cleaning, or what ever reason you might have. They don't recommend simply getting a hose extension for a permanent relocation.

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#12 Post by John S »

Scott, I am a lazy typist but here are some reasons

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I doubt it makes any difference in the simple act of delivering gas to the burners. The re-used tanks are generally old tanks, purged, and then re-painted. People tend to take the worst tank they own to a swap place. Valves are often oxidized looking and who know how rusty beneath the pain the tank actually is. You pay for a full refill on swap and I often simply top my tank off which is cheap and easy with an owned tank. In the long run pretty sure it is cheaper but the main reason for me is I want to unsure the tank is in very good shape. That is probably only important to me as I have 20 yr old tanks that look nearly brand new.
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#13 Post by adam landa »

Another vote to wire in...east decision for us as we built a dedicated area for our grill. Gets to 700+ with no issues.

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#14 Post by Michael Martin »

You want the gas line. Propane ...multiple tanks so you never run out, cost, returns, dealing with the ugliness of them... You want the gas line.

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#15 Post by Jim Friedman »

Natural gas. I have never used a tank and don't want to start.

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#16 Post by T. Altmayer »

You will hate going to refill those tanks and more than once you will run out, even with a spare. Not worth the hassle.
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Scott G r u n e r wrote: June 4th, 2020, 9:02 pm
John S wrote: June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot.
I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
propane tanks can be refilled for 12 years from manufacturer. After 12 years, they can be exchanged.
Swap out rack tanks are not full, taking your tank to a refill center (U-Haul) will be cheaper and you will get a full tank for less than a "rack" tank. Plus, you get to meet and talk to the guy who breathes in propane for a living! they are usually a bit crazy!

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#18 Post by Mike Cohen »

I guess that I'm an outlier. I like propane for my weber. Reason is I grill all year. In the warmer months I move the grill to a corner of the patio to make more room for the patio furniture and insure that folks sitting on the patio aren't getting smoke in their face from the grill. However in the colder weather, I move the grill right next to the backdoor stairs so I can run in and out while grilling when it's colder. Also, in the rain, I can move the grill so its closer to the house. Can't do those things with a fixed line. From my perspective, the chore of refilling a tank is minor. I keep one attached to the grill and a full spare. So I just swap them out.

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Scott G r u n e r wrote: June 4th, 2020, 9:02 pm
John S wrote: June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot.
I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
Recently went to a local propane refill rather than the exchange, definitely a heavier fill. I had three tanks to fill and he said I was getting the equivalent of four of the exchange tanks. Spare tanks for the grill and patio heater, just an fyi.
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cjsavino wrote: June 5th, 2020, 9:45 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote: June 4th, 2020, 9:02 pm
John S wrote: June 4th, 2020, 12:32 pm Never use those "swap out rack" as those tanks are the worst of the lot.
I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
Recently went to a local propane refill rather than the exchange, definitely a heavier fill. I had three tanks to fill and he said I was getting the equivalent of four of the exchange tanks. Spare tanks for the grill and patio heater, just an fyi.
Ok. So now I'm curious. I swap out my tanks at the local Home Depot. You're saying that the tank that I receive is not full? I never even thought of that. There's no way to measure other than a scale (which I don't do). If so that's nuts and fraud unless I'm paying less at HD.

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#21 Post by John S »

Think you pay about what it costs to really fill your own tank at Home Depot for their approx 3/4 fill. That is their margin for propane and tank rental fee is how I would look at it.
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Mike Cohen wrote: June 5th, 2020, 9:59 am
cjsavino wrote: June 5th, 2020, 9:45 am
Scott G r u n e r wrote: June 4th, 2020, 9:02 pm

I would love to hear elaboration on this. I have done both ways and noticed zero diff, but I may just not have paid attention
Recently went to a local propane refill rather than the exchange, definitely a heavier fill. I had three tanks to fill and he said I was getting the equivalent of four of the exchange tanks. Spare tanks for the grill and patio heater, just an fyi.
Ok. So now I'm curious. I swap out my tanks at the local Home Depot. You're saying that the tank that I receive is not full? I never even thought of that. There's no way to measure other than a scale (which I don't do). If so that's nuts and fraud unless I'm paying less at HD.
There’s a sign some where that tells you what the fill is in the swap out tank. Usually behind the poinsettias or ferns. Just move the foliage away and it will tell you the fill is 15lbs

At the fill on the spot places they fill to 20lb
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#23 Post by Mel Hill »

I pay $16.50 for 20lbs refills. HD or Walmart are around $19.99 for 15lbs....
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#24 Post by Brandon R »

Okay, great guidance and comments. Seems almost unanimous: go for the natural gas line. Thank you all!
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#25 Post by Mike Cohen »

So one more question...I currently have two blue rhino tanks that I swap out as needed at HD. Can I take those tanks to a refill place, or do I have to buy a tank from the refill place?

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#26 Post by J. G o r d o n »

1) hard line for sure -- I've hit 700F on natural gas with a 4-burner grill. You'd never need more BTUs (plastic handles melt at that temp) and you won't have to swap tanks.

2) The Weber Genesis II E-315 is the one recommended by The Wire Cutter. I recently bought the propane version and it's a great grill. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Weber-Genes ... /307574928
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Mike Cohen wrote: June 8th, 2020, 8:48 am So one more question...I currently have two blue rhino tanks that I swap out as needed at HD. Can I take those tanks to a refill place, or do I have to buy a tank from the refill place?
no problem with refilling ANY tank as long as it is within the 12 years from the date on the tank

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#28 Post by Tom G l a s g o w »

Mel Hill wrote: June 8th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Mike Cohen wrote: June 8th, 2020, 8:48 am So one more question...I currently have two blue rhino tanks that I swap out as needed at HD. Can I take those tanks to a refill place, or do I have to buy a tank from the refill place?
no problem with refilling ANY tank as long as it is within the 12 years from the date on the tank
I recall paying a premium for my first blue rhino tank

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#29 Post by Jay $$ Winton »

You need to make sure all the air in the tank is bled so you can get a full tank. The guys at my local U Haul will do it is asked. I never trade tanks.
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#30 Post by TGigante »

Tom G l a s g o w wrote: June 9th, 2020, 6:55 am
Mel Hill wrote: June 8th, 2020, 4:41 pm
Mike Cohen wrote: June 8th, 2020, 8:48 am So one more question...I currently have two blue rhino tanks that I swap out as needed at HD. Can I take those tanks to a refill place, or do I have to buy a tank from the refill place?
no problem with refilling ANY tank as long as it is within the 12 years from the date on the tank
I recall paying a premium for my first blue rhino tank
Yes
If you don’t have a tank to swap out
You buy the tank on your 1st visit and pay an additional charge for the tank

Thereafter you swap and pay refill price only

The tank is yours and can be taken to a refill shop for refilling the tank you bought from the blue rhino location

Or take to the swap shop again and swap for a different one refilled

Once you have a tank in your possession you choose the way you want to replenish the propane
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#31 Post by Mike Cohen »

Thanks guys! Would have never had any idea about this.

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#32 Post by PeterJ »

Here's a simple gadget I've used for years that many people don't seem to know about. It saves you from running out of propane in the middle of a long cook. Less than $15 at most big box hardware stores.
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#33 Post by Milton Hudson »

First i would always choose to hard wire if available just for convenience.
I use propane for the turkey fryer/crawfish cooker, to start my egg and to burn weeds.
Costco charges $8.95 for a refill. My recollection was blue rhino was quite a bit more.

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#34 Post by JDavisRoby »

I would recommend you consider adding better grates to whatever you choose. Or, buying a set of searing grates that will help sear at high heats.
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#35 Post by b. c@stner »

Yep, having LP tank filled a better option than swapping. However if you do have an out of date LP tank that can't be filled, then swap it out. Voila you now have current tank without having to discard your out of date tank and buy a new one.
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#36 Post by Mike Cohen »

As a side note, we bought two of those propane powered outdoor patio heaters for our backyard. It's made a world of difference for us as it's allowed us to continue to spend time outdoors. They do use up propane quickly though. When I bought the two heaters, I bought four propane tanks so I could swap them out. I've easily collectively refilled all my tanks 30+ times since buying the heaters. That's 150 extra pounds of propane I've received thanks to the information from this thread. Plus, it's $2 cheaper per fill than swapping at HD.

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#37 Post by Kevin Porter »

I’m very happy with natural gas but had problems with the connection. The plumber used a hose for convenience and the squirrels kept chewing through it. Wrapping in tin foil and/ or wire failed so now I have a pipe and an immobile grill.

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#38 Post by TimF »

I’ve got a gas grill, gas smoker and gas Ooni. Very convenient to swap tanks between the three and I can put them wherever I want. I swap out a couple tanks at a time when I go to Menards. For me it’s a lot more flexible than if I had a line and had to install everything in a specific spot.
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#39 Post by Rick Joyer »

I know that there's different strokes for different folks and all of that, and certainly the mobility aspect for something like an Ooni makes sense to me. However, I see people commonly referring to the benefit of "mobility" with respect to their grills and smokers which begs the question (in my mind at least) of, are people really grilling in different parts of their yards on any given day? Every place I've ever owned had a dedicated (though not necessarily built-in) spot for the outdoor activities we do (ie the pool is here, the garden is there, the play structure there, and that spot is where I grill)? Do you grill in different parts of your yard? And if so, why and what determines where to move your setup?

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#40 Post by TimF »

My deck is rather large and sometimes I move things around depending on lighting and wind conditions. I could probably have everything installed and make dedicated spaces for them but it would be a large project that seems unnecessary. I think I’d also need to retrofit all my equipment.

Having said all that, I am thinking of redoing my backyard next summer and will strongly consider going the pipe route after reading all of the opinions here.
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The only bad thing about hard pipe is if you forget to turn off the gas when you are done grilling. I've only done it once!!!
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Brandon R wrote: June 5th, 2020, 10:47 am Okay, great guidance and comments. Seems almost unanimous: go for the natural gas line. Thank you all!
Definitely appreciate the post. I have a natural gas line coming out of the house, but have resisted the urge to buy a gas grill because I’m totally willing to sacrifice convenience for flavor :) Then, I realized it took me 40 minutes to get my fire where I wanted it last night, it was cold a f outside and I smelled like a chimney. Considering a gas grill for fish and chicken now.
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#43 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

I have a hard wired gas line right next to where I keep my BGE but haven’t found I have wanted to get a gas grill. I light the bge with my weed torch which takes a min then just let the coals burn for 20 minutes and it’s good to go.

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#44 Post by Brandon R »

Andrew Kotowski wrote: December 12th, 2020, 7:15 am
Brandon R wrote: June 5th, 2020, 10:47 am Okay, great guidance and comments. Seems almost unanimous: go for the natural gas line. Thank you all!
Definitely appreciate the post. I have a natural gas line coming out of the house, but have resisted the urge to buy a gas grill because I’m totally willing to sacrifice convenience for flavor :) Then, I realized it took me 40 minutes to get my fire where I wanted it last night, it was cold a f outside and I smelled like a chimney. Considering a gas grill for fish and chicken now.
Same for me up until now, and for your exact reasons. I have the room and, sometimes, convenience trumps perfect charcoal grilling.
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Rick Joyer wrote: December 9th, 2020, 10:55 am Do you grill in different parts of your yard? And if so, why and what determines where to move your setup?
For me, it's simple, for most of the year, my weber (propane) is in it's place on the patio that makes the most sense to me. But once outdoor patio season is over and the cold weather (and snow and rain) start to kick in, I move the grill right to the bottom of the stairs down to the patio so I'm able to zip in and out of the house in the bad weather and not stand around in a pile of snow.

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Mike Cohen wrote: December 14th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Rick Joyer wrote: December 9th, 2020, 10:55 am Do you grill in different parts of your yard? And if so, why and what determines where to move your setup?
For me, it's simple, for most of the year, my weber (propane) is in it's place on the patio that makes the most sense to me. But once outdoor patio season is over and the cold weather (and snow and rain) start to kick in, I move the grill right to the bottom of the stairs down to the patio so I'm able to zip in and out of the house in the bad weather and not stand around in a pile of snow.
Makes sense....and I freely admit that as a Californian I sometimes forget that patio set-ups have "seasons" in other locales and that the ability to move a grill closer to the door and/or under eves would be nice.

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