Last week we discussed using natural gas, as opposed to LPG, to fire up your barbie. As with most things, there are positives and negatives to both fuel sources and it just depends which are more important to you. If you like the sound of cheap fuel that you don’t have to leave the house for, then read on as we discuss how you can make the change to natural gas.
The vast majority of BBQs are not manufactured to run on natural gas. This means that if you’d like to make the switch, you have two options:
1. Buy a BBQ that is designed to run on natural gas: This is definitely the best option if you’re in the market for a new BBQ, since it will save you the hassle of converting later. Some BBQs can be bought natural gas-ready for about the same price as their LPG counterparts.
2. Convert your existing BBQ to natural gas: This option is surprisingly simple and cheap (about $100). First of all, the settings on the BBQ burner’s valves need to be adjusted to allow for the lower pressures at which natural gas flows. This is to ensure that the position of the knob still correlates with the flame size.
The second step is to change the regulator at the end of the gas pipe from one that fits an LPG gas bottle to one that fits a natural gas outlet. Note that this step needs to be undertaken by a certified gas fitter to make sure there are no leaks and your BBQ is safe for use.
Also note that most BBQs can be converted to natural gas, but it’s best to check with the manufacturer beforehand.
The other thing to consider is the cost of getting your existing gas pipe extended and an outlet installed in a convenient location for your BBQ. The cost for this work varies greatly, depending on your existing infrastructure and where you want your new outlet. Note that many homes and apartments already have a gas outlet in the backyard or on the balcony.
So I guess that about covers it. The only question you might have left: is my food going to taste as good when cooked on a barbie fueled by natural gas? The answer is: it should…if set up properly. Fire is fire no matter what is fueling it, so as long as you’re still getting the same heat output, your steaks should be as tender and juicy as ever!
What do you think? Do you use natural gas for your BBQ? Would you consider converting? Let us know in the comments section below.