We all enjoy barbeque dishes on our outdoor picnics or in our backyards and this is where the portable gas grill comes handy. Portable gas grills use mainly three types of gas that are Propane, Butane and Natural gas. Depending upon the type of gas used the cost of your gas grill varies.
You can find barbeque gas bottles in various sizes for butane, propane and natural gas and they can be used to refill your existing gas grills. You can also carry these bottles on your camping trips for easy refills.
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Why go for gas grills?
Unlike charcoal grills, the gas grills are easy to ignite and heat quickly making them easy to use. As compared to charcoal grills, the gas grills are portable, more affordable and provide an efficient source of energy.
Unlike the charcoal grills, majority of the gas grills have auto ignition and temperature control valves that give you the ease of cooking and versatility for cooking a wide range of foods like seafood, steak, veggies at different temperatures.
Charcoal grills are messy and not suitable for camping trips and outdoors. If you are a beginner in grilling it can be very difficult to achieve even cooking and heat distribution with the charcoal grills.
The gas grills are a great option if you are a beginner in grilling and provide you with compact designs that are more functional and suitable for outdoors. The gas grills powered by natural gas can also be used by connecting to the kitchen gas line during domestic use.
The gas grills take only five to ten minutes preheating before you begin the actual grilling and are more fuel efficient than charcoal grills that require about fifteen minutes.
Charcoal emits upto three times more carbon dioxide during burning as compared to the other gases used in gas grills, increasing the carbon footprint and making it less environment friendly.
As compared to charcoal, butane, propane and natural gas are cleaner fuels and more suitable for outdoor use without harming the environment with fumes and smoke, so we recommend you to switch to gas grills and choose better.
Now let’s understand the pros and cons of these different types of gases used in gas grills.
Types of Gas Used In Gas Grills
Both propane gas and liquid propane are used in gas grills as fuel. Propane is one of the popular gases used in gas grills and is easily available in bottles of 4kg and 9kg sizes.
You can connect the refill gas bottles to your gas grills using gas regulators attached to your grills and regulate the pressure at which the gas is released from the bottles.
Propane gas heats up at a lower temperature than butane and is safe for cooking in all seasons. The gas heats up quickly and is suitable for indirect heating and multi-zone cooking making it well suited for grilling and barbeques.
If you are looking for portable grills then propane is the perfect option since it is safer and can be carried around in refill bottles and there are many propane portable grills available in the market.
The gas typically costs you 4.15 USD per kg, but the gas costs may vary from one station to another. So we recommend you to buy your propane gas at a central distribution centre to avail the best price in the market.
2. Natural Gas
The natural gas you use in your domestic kitchen can also be used for gas grills. There are a range of gas grill models fueled by natural gas and the best part is that for indoor use you can also connect these grills to your domestic gas supply making them more versatile.
The natural gas costs you almost a fraction of propane and makes a cost efficient alternative. You can also convert your existing gas grills to natural gas powered making it more cost effective.
If you are buying a new gas grill we recommend you to choose a natural gas type grill so that you do not have to worry about refills and reduce your operating costs. Natural gas costs you only $1.3 per kg and is easily available than other gases.
Natural gas is also available in 9kg gas bottles that are suitable to carry on your camping trips. Natural gas grills are easy to clean and maintain and do not require any ash cleanup.
The natural gas grills cost you a little more than the propane gas grills but they are worth the investment if you consider the long term operating costs involved.
You can use butane as an alternative to propane for your barbeque grills but the only downside is that the atmospheric temperature needs to be above freezing temperature.
If you use butane gas grills in freezing temperatures, butane will evaporate and will not be usable. This is the reason why western countries with colder temperatures favour propane over butane for their gas grills.
Butane can be obtained easily in gas bottles of 4kg and 9kg for refill purposes. There are very few butane powered gas grills available in the market that you can choose from being one of the limitations to go for it. Butane costs $4.24 per kg and is costlier than natural gas.
The mixture of butane and propane is known as patio gas and is also used to fuel gas grills, this gas is also popularly known as camping gas in the US. Patio gas is available for a refill in the form of bottles of size 9kg and 4kg and provides the same benefits as that of propane.
Patio gas is suitable for use in colder temperature as it heats quickly just like propane. You can also use patio gas for heating the patio heater during freezing temperatures. Patio gas is more versatile, easy to carry and safe and more suitable for outdoor activities like camping, fishing and family picnics.
Now that you know all the various kinds of gases used for gas grills we hope you will be in a position to choose the best alternative for yourself. We recommend natural gas as the best alternative considering its cost efficiency, suitability for generating uniform heat at low temperatures and ease of access.