Natural Gas VS. Propane Grill, Which Is Better?

There appears to be controversy over the fuel that runs your grill. Some feel that Natural Gas is the sole viable option, but others choose propane. If you…

Natural Gas VS. Propane Grill, Which Is Better?

There appears to be controversy over the fuel that runs your grill. Some feel that Natural Gas is the sole viable option, but others choose propane. If you have not utilized either of these fuels, you must know what to expect from your preferred gaseous fuel source.


Propane is a byproduct of oil refining and natural gas generation processes. It is heavier than air and, when discharged, will pool and settle in lower regions due to its density. Propane is an odorless, colorless, tasteless, and

non-toxic gas. Similar to natural gas, mercaptan is added as a precaution so that it can be detected if there is a leak. Propane burns at a temperature of 2,500 BTUs per cubic foot of gas consumed. When you want to grill, you can carry propane wherever you go, whether camping or relocating your barbecue in the backyard.


Natural gas is a fuel source that is non-toxic, odorless, and tasteless. It is utilized for house heating and appliance electricity. Natural gas is composed of methane and other hydrocarbons and is typically found with crude oil. Natural gas is an excellent fuel option for your natural gas barbecue since it burns cleanly. It generates 1,000 BTUs per cubic foot of the gas, meaning it doesn’t burn as hot as propane. However, due to the construction and engineering of a Napoleon Grill, it’s not about the heat of the gas being burned but how those BTUs are utilized. Natural gas does not require refilling, and you will not run out in the middle of a barbecue. Natural gas is one-third to one-sixth the price of propane, but it must be installed by a professional, who may also be required to run the gas line from the home if one is not already in place.


Three elements are required for any combustion: fuel, oxygen, and an igniting source. How is that accomplished with a gas grill? First and foremost, the air shutter is on your grill’s tube burners. Whether you have a propane or natural gas barbeque, Napoleon grills have been calibrated to provide the ideal blend of gas and oxygen, so you shouldn’t worry about it. The air shutter sucks air into the burner and blends it with gas in the optimal proportion for optimal combustion. Now all that remains is a spark. A Napoleon grill’s igniter will produce a spark with a button or utilize our ingenious JETFIRETM igniting mechanism, which is incorporated into the knobs.


Frequently questioned is whether propane can be used in a natural gas barbecue or if natural gas can be used in a propane grill. No, it is not possible to switch gas kinds. Our grills are carefully built to maximize fuel efficiency. Before making a purchase, you’ll need to determine the type you’re interested in. It will operate poorly if a grill is purchased and connected to the incorrect fuel source.


Napoleon’s grills were created to make the most efficient use of the fuel they were designed to utilize for optimal combustion and efficiency. The answer to the question of which is superior, natural gas or propane, depends entirely on personal choice. There is no difference in the flavor of the food while using either gas and due to the design of Napoleon grills, you will receive the same grade of heat output. Both gases have advantages and disadvantages. In the case of a Portable BBQ, you may have simple access to your outdoor cooking location, such as moving the grill from one side of the yard to the other or carrying it with you wherever you go. Therefore, the most pertinent issue is what form of fuel is optimal for your lifestyle.

Happy Gilling!

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