When it comes to outdoor grilling, natural gas and propane are the two most popular fuel sources. While natural gas is connected directly to your home's natural gas line, propane is stored in a tank that needs to be refilled once it runs out. But why can’t you use natural gas with a propane grill or vice versa? In this blog post, we’ll explore why these two fuels are not interchangeable and how they differ from one another.
Natural gas is composed of methane, ethane, and propane. However, natural gas grills are designed to run on natural gas only and not on its natural components – namely propane. Natural gas grills have larger orifices than those designed for propane so it would be difficult to regulate the right amount of natural gas flow to a propane grill. As natural gas is composed of several flammable gases, it’s not recommended for natural gas to be used in a propane grill.
On the other hand, you can’t use propane in natural gas grills either because natural gas grills have fittings and orifices that are designed for natural gas only. Furthermore, natural gas grills operate at a lower BTU output than propane grills and can’t be adjusted to higher settings. This means that natural gas grills cannot generate the same amount of heat and cooking power as a propane grill.
Ultimately, it is important to use the right fuel with the right type of grill. Natural gas and propane may look similar but they are not interchangeable and can be dangerous if used with the wrong kind of equipment. For this reason, it is important to make sure you understand what type of fuel your grill uses before making any changes. With natural gas and propane grills, safety and efficiency should always be a priority.