Upgrading your grill? Should you choose propane or natural gas?

In today’s grill market, you’ll find on average many more choices for a propane grill setup than you will a natural gas grill. But with simple conversions, you can make any grill natural gas ready.

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Yet what is the difference?

Natural gas is a fossil fuel found in deposits under ground. It is made up almost entirely from methane, though it does have a variety of lesser gases in the mix as well. One of those gases is propane, which is separated from natural gas during processing.

This is one of the reasons propane is more expensive than natural gas.

From a cost perspective, as a local plumber, we can install a line easily from source to wherever you choose to place your new grill outside. Cost will depend on the length of the run. There may be a higher upfront cost, but once installed, you will be charged at your normal gas usage rate for the time spent grilling.

With propane, you have a separate tank that will consistently need refilling or repurchasing. Most people have two separate tanks to have one on hand in case one runs out during the middle of your grilling. Over time, this cost can quickly add up, especially if you grill regularly.

Propane does leave your grill portable. If you regularly move your grill from one location to another, this is a big advantage. Once a natural gas grill is connected, it must stay in the same position, or be moved to another natural gas output line.

Overall, natural gas is the safer gas to have around your family. On a natural gas grill, little can go wrong. Be sure to check the hose regularly to make sure its not cracked or leaking. If you do find cracks, replace the hose immediately; never try to fix with duct tape or reattach a section with hose clamps. With propane, check the regulator every time you change the tank. It may take a few extra seconds, but it can save you from a nasty fire and in some cases an explosion.

Ready to add a natural gas grill to your outdoor living space? Call us today for quick installation. You’ll be ready to fire up the grill in no time.

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Has it been a dream of yours to switch your major appliance to natural gas? There are many reasons this is preferred.

  • Natural gas gives you comfort and reliability at a low economical price
  • Natural gas is one of the safest and most reliable sources of energy
  • Natural gas has abundant domestic supplies

And its more popular than ever.

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While it used to be difficult to find gas appliances, having to select from just a few options, the supply today is endless. From top of the line to an economical alternative, you can find just about anything you want in today’s natural gas appliances.

Yet once you buy a natural gas appliance, you can’t simply bring it home, plug it in and have it work. You have to convert your home to accept your new gas appliance. And that means installing a natural gas line from source to the outlet that will house your new appliance.

Your first step in in determining if you already have access to natural gas. Is your furnace electric or natural gas? If you already have a line into your home, converting to a natural gas appliance simply means tapping into the natural gas main and running a line to the area where you’re appliance will reside. If your entire home is run off electricity, it will involve finding the natural gas main near your home, and then running a line directly into your home.

The easiest way to start the process is to contact us directly, and we’ll check to see if natural gas is available in front of your home. We can answer any questions you have about the conversion process, and have a qualified contractor come out and look at your equipment to provide you with a thorough estimate.

Keep in mind that natural gas is dangerous. If you don’t have prior experience working with it, its best to let a licensed contractor handle all work with natural gas.

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For many people, the thought of converting an electric appliance to gas, changing your wood fireplace to gas, or installing a gas firepit or grill is at the top of your to-do list. Yet before you undergo a major change to your home that involves a gas line, there are a few things to consider first.

1. What is the benefit of using gas?

Natural gas appliances can be cheaper to run and more efficient to use. But you may incur upfront costs that can run into the thousands of dollars to make the replacement. To replace an electric appliance with a gas appliance, the gas line will need to be run from source to where the appliance is located. Because it is gas, only a certified plumber should work with the installation process to make sure it is done correctly. Also add in the costs of the new appliance to determine if this is the right upgrade for you.

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2. What maintenance should I be prepared for?

Because natural gas can be deadly, it should always be left to the professionals. Natural gas appliances, equipment and connectors should always be installed and used in accordance with manufacturers guidelines. You should also watch for any product recalls or hazardous situations that can occur with the items installed in your home.

If your home has been using natural gas for years, some older uncoated brass connectors can crack or break apart, causing a gas leak. Have a licensed plumber perform regular checks on your gas lines to make sure all is connected and operating correctly. Do not try and move appliances or check them yourself; even slight movement can cause complete failure of these connectors, putting your family at risk.

If you will be planning a project that involves digging, trenching, drilling or excavating, be sure to connect with the local authorities to have underground lines clearly marked before work begins.

3. What should I know about natural gas to protect my family?

Natural gas is colorless and odorless, yet can be deadly for human consumption. That is why all gas providers must add a harmless, non-toxic odorant to make it detectable should problems occur. It usually has a gassy smell that resembles rotten eggs. If you detect a strong smell, leave the premises immediately and call your local gas company for immediate service.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and potentially dangerous gas that is produced when fuel such as natural gas is burned without enough air for complete combustion. If inhaled, it can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, or even death. A carbon monoxide detector should be placed in every home, and in multiple locations if you have a large home.

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Carbon monoxide may be one of the most lethal, potential problems we live with every day. Carbon monoxide has no smell or taste. Your lungs can’t tell when they are breathing in carbon monoxide and warn you about its implications.

10 things in your home that can increase your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning 10 Things In Your Home That Can Increase Your Risk Of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

When carbon monoxide enters your body, it attaches to the hemoglobin with 200 times greater binding affinity than oxygen. Hemoglobin is what carries the oxygen all over your body, sustaining life as we know it. If oxygen can’t bind to the hemoglobin because CO is already occupying the space, the various parts of your body become oxygen starved, meaning they aren’t getting enough nutrition to sustain life.

It can happen quickly or slowly, depending on the levels of CO entering your body. With an estimated 200 people dying each year from CO poisoning, monitoring your home for carbon monoxide levels is something to take seriously. Problem can arise from many things, including:

1. Gas range

2. Gas dryer

3. Gas fireplace

4. Boiler

5. Central heating system

6. Water heater

7. Blocked flues and chimneys in your home can stop CO gas from escaping

8. Smoking cigarettes causes a rise in CO blood levels

9. Gas grills and fire pits

10. A running car will produce a lethal level of CO in a closed garage within ten minutes

Anything in your home using gas to operate can be a potential risk hazard if not properly maintained. New equipment that is properly installed and properly maintained should produce negligible quantities of CO gas. If the appliance isn’t serviced regularly or is operated outside of its guidelines has an increased risk of being a problem.

What can you do?

First, make sure you use all appliances and equipment according to manufacturers guidelines. When in doubt, call in a professional to make sure you are meeting guidelines.

Next, make sure you have a properly operating carbon monoxide detector system within your home. Consult with a professional to determine proper location.

Finally, maintain all appliances on a regular basis. Its important to call in a gas professional – a plumber has full gas certification – to check out all appliances, especially at the beginning of the season when you’ll be using an appliance more.

Its always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to keeping your home and your family safe.

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Go Natural Gas and Never Run Out Of Gas For Your Grill Again Go Natural Gas and Never Run Out Of Gas For Your Grill Again

Summer is here, and with it comes grilling season! This is the time of year when the most outdoor grilling is done. People enjoy gathering with friends and family on the patio, grilling delicious food, and enjoying the warm, wonderful weather. However, for many people, grilling is not always a joy – especially when the charcoal or the propane runs out.

If you depend on charcoal or propane tanks for your grilling needs, it may be time to consider the benefits of natural gas.

Having your grill connected to a natural gas line will ensure that you never run out of fuel again. Instead of having to run to the store for a new tank of propane or a new bag of charcoal each time you want to grill, all you have to do is turn the gas on to the grill, and you are good to go.

With a natural gas line permanently attached to your grill, you can enjoy yummy grilled food anytime, day or night, and all year round.

Another benefit of using natural gas for grilling is that it will save you money. Natural gas is about one-third of the cost of propane. When compared to charcoal, it will still save you money because it is such an affordable fueling option. You can also consider the amount of gas you will save from not having to go to the store each time you need a new bag or a new tank, not to mention the time you will save.

Overall, natural gas is a great grilling alternative to both propane and charcoal. It can give you constant access to fuel for your grill, it can save you time and money, and it has the same grilling capabilities as charcoal and propane.

Contact a professional to install a line to your grill and start enjoying the grilling season!

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8 Ways To Run Your Home With Natural Gas 8 Ways To Run Your Home With Natural Gas

When you think about natural gas, you probably think about cooking and heating. Natural gas is an affordable type of energy, even more so than electricity. It costs about 68 percent less than electricity. You may not know the many ways you can utilize this affordable energy source to help operate various things inside your home. There are numerous ways you can use natural gas to run your home, including:

1. Cooking – Of course, natural gas is a widely used resource for cooking. It provides quick heat and even temperature control. Electric stoves simply do not provide the same control when used for cooking, which is why natural gas is the preferred choice of many professional chefs.

2. Heating – Using natural gas as a heat source for your home is another way you can run your home with natural gas.

3. Cooling – When you think about natural gas, you probably do not think about cooling. However, natural gas air conditioners, although more costly than traditional air conditioners, actually have a longer lifespan and use less energy. Read more

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Ready to Convert your Electric Range to a Gas Range Pros and Cons of Both Ready to Convert your Electric Range to a Gas Range? Pros and Cons of Both

If you are ready to purchase a new range for your kitchen, you might feel overwhelmed at the various choices. Do you stick with your electric range or is time to convert to a gas range? You have a large number of choices to make, including the brand and model that you desire. There are various factors that go into your decision, making it important to understand the pros and cons of both.

Electric Ranges

There are many pros for installing an electric range in your home including:

Easy installation – all you have to do is plug it into the wall, there is no expertise required

Less Expensive – typically, electric ranges cost less than gas ranges

Greater Functions – electric ranges typically offer more functions than the gas range

Simple Care – because they offer a smooth surface, there are not a lot of grooves and crevices to clean, making cleanup and care simple

Easy Use – Simply turn it on and the stove starts without any flames or gas being emitted into the air

With every purchase come a few cons: Read more

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Gas Leak Safety Tips Gas Leak Safety Tips

When it comes to powering your appliances, Natural Gas is an excellent and cost effective alternative to electricity.  However, just like any power source, gas leaks can cause serious harm if they are not dealt with properly and quickly.  Here are a few things you can do to protect yourself and your family from a gas leak.

Clear out - If you smell a lingering scent of rotten eggs (and it’s not coming from the two month old eggs in the refrigerator), you might have a gas leak.  Gather your family, and leave the premises.  You don’t want to extend your own or your family’s exposure to the gas leak any longer than possible.
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Why Your Gas Line and Gas Pipe Should Be Inspected Regularly Why Your Gas Line and Gas Pipe Should Be Inspected Regularly

When you think of inspecting your home for potential problems, you probably think about checking the roof for broken shingles, trimming tree lines away from power lines and eyeballing your water pipes for possible leaks. You may not think about inspecting your gas lines and gas pipes – and this could be a potentially life-threatening oversight. It is essential that you inspect your gas line and gas pipe on a regular basis, not only to ensure your own safety, but also to save money.

The primary reason why you need to inspect your gas line and gas pipe is for safety. A gas leak can lead to explosions, which can cause death. If your gas is leaking and you are unaware, the gas will create a “gas pocket” – a central location around the leak that is full of gas. Under the right circumstances, this gas pocket can ignite and explode – causing destruction of property and injury if people are present at the time of the explosion. Read more

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What To Do If You Have A Gas Leak In Your Home What To Do If You Have A Gas Leak In Your Home

Having a gas leak in your home can be a frightening experience, especially if you do not know what procedures to follow. Home emergencies can end badly when people are not ready for the unexpected. This is why families are encouraged to have their own fire drills at home – to make sure everyone, especially children, know exactly what to do in the event of a fire.

A gas leak is an emergency; but if you are prepared and know what to do when a leak occurs, there is no need to panic.

The good news is that it is fairly easy to know when you have a gas leak. Instead of spending each day in fear, remember that gas has a “rotten egg” odor. This is added to the gas to help make it easy to notice. If you ever smell that stinking odor, you know that you have a potential problem. There are also gas detectors, much like smoke detectors, that will alert you if you have a gas leak. Read more

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