In many homes, this leads to the desire to cook outdoors as much as possible. For those that like to frequently cook outdoors, the task of preparing charcoal is time consuming and a hassle. Using propane is not much better due to having to keep the propane tanks topped off and with enough pressure and time becomes an issue when a person has to refill the tank. In these cases there is one solution, a natural gas grill.
Advantages of Natural Gas
Like propane, Natural Gas burns clean and in many cases will burn cleaner than propane due to the fact that propane is a heavier carbon chain. What this means for the outdoor chef is the food does not collect additives from the combustion process like that of charcoal.
However, to get the smokey flavor, many outdoor chefs who use gas add wood pellets to introduce an all natural and healthy safe flavor. Beyond burning clean, natural gas leaves little residue from the combustion process producing less internal tar or carbon buildup inside the grill. This makes natural gas grills super easy to clean and when coupled with a stainless steel architecture, the grill is easy and fast to clean as a whole.
Overall, natural gas makes an excellent fuel source for outdoor cooking, the same as it does indoor as it produces a generous amount of heat, The only disadvantage is that natural gas grills must be plumbed into the existing home supply. This means an extra connection must be made outdoors near the grill and typically requires its own separate cutoff and a quick connection for those grills that use hoses to be moved around. Therefore, it is best to use it as a built in or as a static grilling station. Presented here are five excellent grilling stations that use natural gas as a fuel without modification.
Best Natural Gas Grill with Side Burner
This well built grill uses three, dual tube burners for 30,000 BTU of heat and the inset side burner, also tubed, produces an additional 10,000 BTU of heat. Each burner of the Broil King Model #961567 Baron Series NG Grill is independently controlled and the burners are push button ignited. This grill has a total cooking space of 440 square inches including the warming racks.
The lower cart is enclosed by a single cabinet style door and the entire grill set is on lockable casters for mobility. A great grill for natural gas, outdoor cooking.
Best Natural Gas Grill with Rotisserie Kit
Another grill by Broil King, the Broil King Model #945887 Crown Series NG Grill is a little larger with over 600 square inches of cooking space. It has multiple burners for over 40,000 BTU of heat and the side burner adds an additional 10,000 BTUs. The rear rotisserie burner produces 15,000 BTU of heat for rotational cooking. The grill deck has an additional side shelf and the lower cart is enclosed with dual cabinet style doors.
The lower cart has two large wheels and two lockable casters for mobility. This unit also uses porcelain coated, cast iron grates for excellent heat distribution making this an great outdoor grilling station.
High End Natural Gas Grill
This all stainless steel grill produces restaurant quality grilled food thanks to the multiple burner set up including a rear infrared burner. The mains produce over 40,000 BTU of heat with the side producing 13,000 and the rear infrared producing 15,000 BTU of heat. The burners of the Napoleon Model #P500RSIBNSS Premium Infrared NG Grill are fast lighting thanks to a push button, dual lite ignition system and each burner is independently controlled.
The lid is double walled for better heat retention and has a built in temperature gauge for heat monitoring. For those that want restaurant style, grilled food made outdoors, would do well to consider this premium grill for their needs.
Best BBQ Grill Cart to Buy
This grill- Bull Outdoor Model #26002 NG Grill is specifically designed to do one thing and one thing only, produce excellent grilled food. This is a no frills, premium, stainless steel grill. The four burners produce over 60,000 BTU of heat and the walls and lids of the grilling cavity are double lined for superior heat retention while still retaining the cleaning properties of stainless.
The grates are also stainless steel for heat distribution and the lower cart is fully enclosed with dual cabinet style doors. This is a grill for those individuals who want to be the one managing the cooking and not the grill.
Top of the Line Natural Gas Grill
Weber is the leading manufacturer of grills and grilling accessories and the Weber Summit Model #7420001 Premium Outdoor NG Grill is a top class, premium grill for outdoor cooking. The six independently controlled and electrically ignited burners provide a generous amount of heat with over 60,000 BTUs with the side burner adding an additional 12,000 BTU of heat.
Using porcelain coated, cast iron grates for excellent heat distribution mean the food will be grilled to perfection. The lower cart is fully enclosed via stainless steel and covered with dual stainless steel doors. This is the ultimate, natural gas, mobile cooking station. The quality and results one would expect from a built in grill but with extra mobility.
When investing in a premium grill, for the best results and longevity of the unit, it is best to read and follow all operating and cleaning instructions.
Never operate a grill on an uneven surface as tipping can result and never allow flammable material within five feet of a hot or cooling grill. Be sure to protect your investment by using a grill cover to protect your grill from the elements when not in use.