Natural Gas BBQ Installation Cost Guide
In the heat of summer, taking your cooking outdoors isn’t only a great way to keep air conditioning costs down, but it also opens up a whole new world of culinary possibilities. Grilling is as much an art as baking and as its popularity grows, so too, does the demand for large outdoor kitchen spaces with built-in BBQs, cooktops and more. Having a professional install a natural gas grill in your outdoor kitchen is a great way to save money and enhance your outdoor living space. This guide covers all the costs homeowners can expect to pay to install a natural gas grill in an outdoor living space.
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Table of Contents
- Natural Gas Grills Cost
- Natural Gas BBQ Cost Vs. Other Grill Alternatives
- Benefits of Natural Gas Grills
- Drawbacks of Natural Gas Grills
- How to Install A Natural Gas BBQ
- Best Brands of Natural Gas Grills
- Find A Pro
Natural Gas Grills Cost
The cost to install a natural gas grill is relatively low, provided that a home already has access via a natural gas line running into it. Thus, expenses include running a new line to the space for the grill, any adaptor kits or extra parts needed and the labor for pros to complete the job. Excluding the cost of the grill itself, which can range from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars, homeowners can expect to pay between $99 and $600 or an average of $236 for a natural gas grill installation.
Natural Gas BBQ Cost Vs. Other Grill Alternatives
When it comes to the cost of the grill itself, the initial purchase of a natural gas grill tends to be slightly higher than either propane or charcoal, the most popular alternatives. Of course, each grill type comes in a range of styles and offers different features. However, on average, a basic charcoal grill costs about $100, whereas a basic propane grill costs around $160 and a basic natural gas grill costs around $250.
While the principal investment in a natural grill may be higher than that of other fuel sources, running it tends to be lower because the cost of natural gas is well below both propane and charcoal. In fact, according to the United States Department of Energy, the cost of natural gas is $12.18 per 1 million BTUs. Propane, on the other hand, costs $20.47. Charcoal is even more expensive once both charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid are factored in, costing about $2.50 per BBQ compared to $1 for gas.
Benefits of Natural Gas Grills
For homeowners still trying to make a decision, it’s helpful to review the many benefits of installing a natural gas grill as part of an outdoor kitchen setup at home:
- Cost: While more expensive initially, natural gas grills are less expensive to operate compared to propane and charcoal models. The addition of a built-in outdoor natural gas line also adds value to your home.
- Convenience: Because it’s hooked into an underground natural gas line, there’s no need to worry about having enough fuel for cooking a meal. There are also no tanks to exchange or charcoal bags to haul.
- Environmental: Though both natural gas and propane are considered greener energy choices when compared to charcoal, CO2 emissions are slightly lower with natural gas, making it the greener choice.
Drawbacks of Natural Gas Grills
Of course, there are also drawbacks to choosing natural gas over other BBQ grill fuel options. The most obvious one is the price to connect the grill in the first place, which can be quite high if there isn’t already an established natural gas line running into the house. Plus, if natural gas isn't readily accessible to a home, this option may be off the table entirely.
Another factor that homeowners should consider when deciding to install a natural gas grill is whether or not they like the taste of this fuel source, which some people report to be different compared to the taste that propane cooking imparts.
How to Install A Natural Gas BBQ
Installing a natural gas BBQ is really quite easy once a line is established. Professional plumbers or even your gas company need to take care of that step, though, because it requires permits and specialized knowledge.
With the line in place, however, hooking up the natural gas grill is as easy as fitting a grill into an outdoor kitchen or patio space (or retrofitting it if another grill is currently taking the spot) before evenly and securely connecting the lines. Gas companies and gas fitters/plumbers can often also take care of the connection between the grill and gas line, too, especially if homeowners are unsure whether they can get a safe and proper seal.
Best Brands of Natural Gas Grills
For most homeowners, the price of the grill itself will be the most important and variable component of their natural gas outdoor BBQ installation. Where simple, straightforward models cost as little as $250, deluxe multiburner units can cost $5,000 or more, depending on the design and detail of an outdoor kitchen. Finally, most propane grills can actually convert to natural gas grills via purchasing a simple adapter kit for under $100, opening up even more possibilities in terms of models, costs and features available to natural gas enthusiasts.
When it comes to purpose-built natural gas grills, however, some of the most popular brands include Weber, Broil King, Char-Broil, KitchenAid and Dyna-Glo. Models include 3-, 4-, and 5-burner options, and many can be fitted into built-in kitchen spaces or stand alone.
Find A Pro
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Last updated on Aug 5, 2016
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