Natural Gas Grilling Benefits and Tips
Add value to your home and convenience to your social gatherings with a natural gas grill.
Here are three benefits to choosing natural gas for your outdoor grilling:
1. Natural gas is better for the environment.
Generally speaking, natural gas has lower emissions than other grilling fuel options. Having an environmentally friendly green option that is conveniently connected to your home's energy supply is not only better for you, but everyone around you. There are fewer annoying fumes as you grill, allowing you, your guests, and your neighbors to fully enjoy the aromas of culinary skills instead of the pungent smell of smoking wood and charcoal.
2. Natural gas is cheaper and more convenient.
Why go through the hassle of leaving your home to battle traffic and shop for charcoal or wood? Why struggle with a heavy propane tank and wonder about the tank's capacity every time you want to cook outdoors? Your home is already equipped with a cleaner fuel source. Using your limited free time and spending extra cash just to fire up your grill doesn't make sense, especially when natural gas is already flowing into your home. Getting the supply to your natural gas grill is an easy and simple task for experienced technicians. Natural gas grills are also easier to clean and maintain than charcoal grills. Charcoal grills require more cleaning effort after each grilling session. With a natural gas grill, there are no ashes, charcoal remains, or burned wood to contend with after you cook. And gas grills cool down much faster than traditional charcoal grills.
3. Natural gas makes grilling (and your food) more enjoyable.
Using a natural gas grill, you can start food preparation at 5:30 p.m. and have grilled chicken ready for enjoyment at your table by 6 p.m. When cooking, gas grills give off steam. Many professional cooks say this steam adds moisture to any meat you are preparing. Professional cooks also prefer gas over charcoal because charcoal can get ashes in your food. Charcoal fluid and self-igniting charcoal also produces a petrochemical smell which can seep into the taste of your food. Most importantly, you can control the temperature as you cook with a natural gas grill. A simple turn of knob can increase or decrease your cooking heat almost instantly. With a charcoal grill, heat is controlled by airflow and requires much more attention and effort to maintain a certain level of heat.
Maintaining your natural gas grill:
Regular care and maintenance will make sure your grill is always ready for top-performance. Here are a few tips to keep your natural gas grill in optimal condition:
Before each grilling season, examine the inside of your grill and clear away any spiderwebs, leaves, or other debris. Debris can cause a potential flare-up if ignited. Open your valve and spray your connecting gas line(s) with a mixture of water and dish soap. Look carefully for any bubbling, which could indicate a possible leak. If you spot a potential leak, turn off gas flow to the grill and call a certified professional technician to further inspect the line. Don't use your grill until the potential leak has been inspected.
During the grilling season, you will want to do a thorough cleaning of your grill after several grilling sessions. The more you use your grill, the more often you will want to conduct a full cleaning. Use soapy water to scrub the inside of your grill, the grates, and the burners. Keeping your grill clean of grease from fatty meats will help to prevent flare-ups. Remove and wash the burner protectors. Your burner protectors protect your burner mechanisms from grease and food debris that could clog them. You can also remove the burners themselves and rinse them with soapy water to remove grime. After cleaning the burners, you can remove the plates underneath to clean them as well. This may require some scraping to remove cooked on grease and grime. After a thorough cleaning, dry the different components and put the grill back together. Use a waterproof, but breathable grill cover to protect your grill when it is not in use.
Before each cookout, preheat your grates for 15 minutes. Then brush the grates to remove any previous food debris. Make sure your drip tray is empty and clean. The drip tray collects fat, and making sure it is clean reduces the chances of a grease fire. Also, clean the the inside top of the lid after the preheat to remove any grease and smoke deposits. Remember to oil the hot grates before grilling so your food does not stick. Complete these steps before cooking, and your natural gas grill will continue to perform as desired.
After each cookout, turn the heat up high to burn off any excess fats, grease and food debris. Turn off the gas supply. Once the grill cools down, use a clean grill brush on the grates and the inside of the lid. Clean the drip tray and remove the grease collection. Replace any disposable pans as needed. Dispose of the grease properly.
Natural Gas Grill Safety
- Always visually inspect hose(s) and lines for wear, abrasions and leaks before each use. Open your valve and spray your connecting gas line(s) with a mixture of water and dish soap. Look carefully for any bubbling, which could indicate a possible leak. If you spot a potential leak, immediately turn off gas flow to the grill and LEAVE the area immediately. Move a safe distance away from the potential leak, while avoiding any action that may cause sparks.
- Do not try to stop a leak yourself. AVOID using any sources of ignition, such as cell phones, cigarettes, matches, flashlights, electronic devices, motorized vehicles, light switches or landlines, as natural gas can ignite from a spark or open flame, possibly causing a fire or explosion. Natural gas is non-toxic, lighter than air and displaces oxygen. In severe cases, if not used properly, natural gas can also lead to asphyxiation. CALL Atlanta Gas Light at 877.427.4321 or 911 once you are out of the area of the suspected leak and in a safe place. Stay away until Atlanta Gas Light or emergency personnel indicate it is safe to return.
- Always keep the lid open to prevent a flare-up from gas build-up when lighting your gas grill. Never lean over the grill when igniting the burners. If the burner does not ignite, turn off the gas valve and wait at least 5 minutes before trying again. Keep the grill lid open.
- Examine the inside of your grill and clear away any spiderwebs, leaves, or other debris. Debris can cause a potential flare-up if ignited.
- Always keep children and pets away from your natural gas grill. Maintain this rule rather the grill is in use or not. Utilize a system control lock and instill the same safety principles in children that you do with the indoor kitchen gas range/stove.
- Always have a fire extinguisher on hand, nearby the grill.
- Keep loose tablecloths, sun umbrellas, plants and décor a safe distance from your natural gas grill.
- Keep loose clothing, aprons, and hair away from grilling surfaces.