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Gas Grills: Buying Propane or Natural Gas

With Memorial Day just days away, what better way to ring in the unofficial start of summer than a cookout! There is simply nothing better than grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and those famous Pittsburgh Potatoes.

With all the different grills to choose from, the most popular backyard grill is the gas grill. Gas grills are great because they heat up quickly requiring much less prep-time for large parties or even a weeknight meal. They are also very easy to operate and better yet, cleanup is a breeze. And while most gas grills are traditionally propane, natural gas conversion options are available.

But which type of gas grill do you choose? Before summer gets underway, let the gas grill experts at Ed’s Woodshed help you choose the best gas grill that’s right for you!

Propane or Natural Gas. What’s the Difference?

Overall, the choice between Liquid Propane (LP) and Natural Gas is really personal preference. Both heat quickly and cook food evenly, the difference comes with price and installation. Below we compare the two.


  • Propane gas grills account for about 80% of grills in the U.S.
  • Portable propane tanks are refillable and can be found at propane distributors, grocery stores, home improvement retailers and national moving and storage chains like U-Haul.
  • Grills can be easily moved around your patio or home for cooking convenience.
  • A 20lb LP tank can last about 25 hours of grill time.
  • Propane tanks can be easily connected for daily use and easily disconnected for storage during the off-season.

  • About 15% of gas grills on the market are natural gas.
  • A natural gas connection will tap directly into your home’s gas supply. Easy installation will require a certified natural gas supplier or local utility company.
  • Typically these grills are immobile due to their natural gas supply connection. Connection extensions are available, but not recommended.
  • Your grill will never run out of gas.
  • Great for permanent outdoor kitchens.

No matter the type of gas grill you choose, you’ll be grilling tender steaks and juicy chicken in no time. For all of your gas grill, fireplace and wood stove needs, visit Ed’s Woodshed’s Greater Pittsburgh location in Bridgeville, PA. Less than 15 miles south of Downtown Pittsburgh – stop in or call us today 412-257-0492!

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