Gas For Your BBQ: LPG vs Natural Gas
Choosing the right gas for your BBQ is important. LPG and natural gas are used in various appliances within Aussie homes, but what’s the difference?
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) or bottled gas is propane whereas natural gas is methane. Although there are many scientific differences between the two, the main difference you need to know is that LPG is supplied in a bottle or tank and natural gas isn’t!
This comes from your local utility company . This would be the gas you use for your cooker or boiler for example. Having a natural gas source for your barbecue would simply mean you’d need a pipe directing the gas to your outdoor area or barbecue. One of the downsides to natural gas is that once it’s installed it’s difficult to move.
Some of the benefits of natural gas:
- produces less emissions
- never runs out!
LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas)
LPG gas comes in a bottle or tank. The main benefit of this is that, unlike natural gas, it can be moved around. Fittings and hoses for these bottles do differ, so we recommend you ensure you’re buying the right hose from your supplier to fit your tank or bottle.
Some benefits of LPG:
- the bottle or tank is movable
- it doesn’t pollute the ground or water sources
- its octane rating enables it to mix better with air
LPG has a higher flame temperature than natural gas, however this shouldn’t affect your decision when it comes to picking the right gas for your barbie. The temperature for both these gas types will get the job done!
As we’ve already mentioned, natural gas tends to be more affordable than LPG, particularity if you use your gas frequently. If you don’t use gas too often then the choosing LPG is okay.
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