Grilling over an open flame offers aromas and tastes that tantalize the senses and the palate. This is especially true when cooking with clean, burning gas and is fast and efficient when using the home supply of natural gas.
Natural gas grills offer the ability to hook the grill into the residential Natural Gas supply, making it fast and easy to get the grill going. No having to check the propane levels and having to stop to change out bottles, just light and grill. While it takes slightly longer effort to initially set up the grill, one it is hooked it and ready to go, it will always be ready to provide great tasting grilled food.
Converted From Propane
While some companies make a dedicated natural gas grill in the sub $500 range, they are few and far between. Most grills in that price range must be converted from propane to using natural gas. This is accomplished by purchasing an inexpensive conversion kit. Conversion is necessary due to the different combustion characteristics between natural gas and propane.
Natural gas is primarily made up of methane and a small amounts of other gases. Propane is a by product of processing natural gas for use. The reason why propane is used as a cooking fuel is because it can be transported as a liquid and will vaporize when it is depressurized, making it an ideal fuel for grilling as no extra processing is required and thus being portable.
Natural gas that is in the residential supply has already undergone processing and is a usable fuel by the time it reaches the home. To use as an outdoor cooking fuel it only requires a minor conversion at the grill and a connection to the home supply. The main advantage being is that natural gas grills are ready on demand. Just light the burner and grill away. Below are five gas grill and the first three require conversion to use natural gas.
Grills That Can Be Converted or Come Standard For Natural Gas in the Sub 500 Price Range.
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Char-Broil grills are among the easiest to convert to natural gas and Char-Broil sells a conversion kit for easy change over. The Char-Broil Model #463722311 Triple Burner Gas Grill has over 30,000 BTU of heat on the mains and the side/sear burner has an additional 10,000 BTU.
This grill is easy to set up and when converted to natural gas, it has excellent heat production. The grill body is porcelain coated for heat distribution and it has 380 square inches of cooking space.
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This convertible grill – Char-Broil TRU Infrared Gas Grill -Urban offers true infrared cooking. The dual stainless steel burners delivers over 20,000 BTU of heat and when coupled with the infrared system installed, the meat is tender and juicy every time. This grill has 380 square inches of cooking space and would fit well on a home patio deck.
The two foldable side shelves offer plenty of space and the lower deck is enclosed with a single cabinet style door giving even more storage space. A great grill that can be converted to natural gas and be a great looker for any home.
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The Char-Broil High Performance Triple Burner With Infrared is a great, convertible to natural gas, grilling station. The stainless steel construction offers great heat retention and the stainless steel burners generate over 30,000 BTU of heat to cover the 480 square inches of cooking space. Using the same infrared technology as other Char-Broil grills, the meat is tender and juicy every time.
There is also a covered side/sear burner for warming or cooking. Great for warming plates for those steaks. This grill is very easy to convert using the Char Broil conversion kit and would be right at home on any patio or deck. Ready to grill at a moments notice.
Best Natural Gas Grill for the Money
This dedicated natural gas grill offers a stainless steel burner system that produces 40,000 BTU of heat over two zones. The grill – Broil King Model #945357 NG Grill has over 600 square inches of cooking space, covering the primary area and warming area. The high lid offers convection style cooking for large meats such as shoulders and turkeys.
The cooking grates are porcelain coated, cast iron for excellent heat distribution and the lower cart is fully enclosed and has a cabinet style door. This is a great grill for any size home and will offer years of great service.
Best Natural Gas Grill under $500
Weber is a leading manufacturer of grills and grilling supplies and many times their grills are not convertible, however they do offer a line of natural gas grills that come in right at the $500 mark. The Weber Model #47510001 Natural Gas Grill is a dedicated natural gas grill with three burners for over 40,000 BTU of heat generation.
The porcelain coated, cast iron cooking grates offer superior heat distribution and the grilling area is over 400 square inches with flavor racks. It is push button ignited for easy use and the grill is stainless steel and steel for easy cleaning. This is an excellent performing grill for any home.
Conversion from Propane to Natural gas is easy and quick and requires little effort. As will any grill, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer’s cleaning instructions.
Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping could result and never allow flammable materials within five feet of a hot or cooling grill. To protect the grill, always cover when not in use.