Living in Florida we often use our outdoor spaces as much as our indoor ones. This means that we want them comfortable working with the same technology and ease as our indoor spaces. One of the main components to any outdoor space is the grill. In fact, many homes have complete kitchen spaces outside where most of the cooking is done. Today we will talk about natural gas grills and why they are a perfect fit for the Florida lifestyles.
First, let’s understand that there are 3 types of grills that are popular with consumers. The standard charcoal grill, this type takes a lot of work to start up and get cooking and then it takes the same work to clean it afterward. Next, the propane grills which has been around for many, many years. This grill uses the pressurized tank of propane gas that can be found at gas stations and grocery stores where the tank just screws onto a fitting, then you turn the knob and light the burner. Finally, there is a natural gas grill. This type of grill works with the homes existing gas service but it is not compatible with propane equipment.
Natural Gas Grills can connect to homes in 2 ways, the Stub Out method which is just as is sounds, the installer simply drills a hole through the exterior wall of the home and feeds a pipe that he connected to the gas line through and the home owner connects the grill to it. The second method uses a Gas Plug and Safety Disconnect. This is by far the safest method and allows the homeowner ease of use. The installer connects to the home gas system installing a box on the outside of the home. He then connects it to the grill using a 10ft reinforced safety hose and a disconnect fitting so that the grill can be disconnect from the gas supply in a matter of seconds. Many fittings come with a swivel head that allows the homeowner to move the grill without crimping the hose. The box that is installed on the home is weatherproof and has proven to withstand years of Florida weather.
Each grill has advantages and disadvantages and some depend on the homeowners’ intention. For instance if you are going to smoke a lot of meat, you want a grill option where you can burn different types of wood to give the meat added flavors. Of course, there is always to budget to consider, however, when thinking about the natural gas versus propane options, it is important to consider the long term costs. Installation of the gas line can vary in price, but generally would be less than $1,000 which is well worth the expense when you have the peace of mind that you won’t run out of gas on a holiday when your meat is ¾ the way cooked. You don’t have to worry about grill fires burning your house down because within seconds you can turn the gas off.
Mike Scott Plumbing has a full gas division that can tackle all of your natural gas needs. To explore the many benefits of converting to a gas system or having a gas system installed in your new home, call 866-314-4443 for a consultation.
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