Compare Natural Gas vs Propane vs Electric for Patio Grills

11 minute read | Grills

When it comes to choosing a patio grill, the type of fuel you use can make a big difference in terms of convenience, installation, portability, and building compliance. For contractors, developers, and owners of multi-family properties like apartments or condos, understanding the differences between natural gas, propane, and electric grills is crucial for making the best choice. In this blog post, we will explore the pros and cons of each fuel type, helping you make an informed decision for your property.

Understanding the Different Fuel Types for Outdoor Patio Grills

Natural Gas Patio Grills

Natural gas patio grills are a popular choice for many because they are easy to use and reliable. Since they connect directly to your property’s natural gas line, you'll never have to worry about running out of fuel or refilling fuel tanks. Once installed, these grills provide a constant supply of gas, making them very convenient. However, because they are connected to a fixed gas line, natural gas grills are not portable.

Portable Propane Patio Grills

Propane patio grills are known for their portability. The fuel is stored in a propane tank that is connected to the grill, making it easy to move the grill wherever you need it. This flexibility is great for properties where you might need to store the grill out of the way when it’s not in use, or you want to grill in an area without access to a natural gas line or electricity. The only downside is that you will need to periodically refill the propane tank, which is well worth the flexibility a portable patio grill gives you (this slight inconvenience can be mitigated by keeping a few spare propane tanks on hand).

Electric Patio Grills

Electric grills are becoming more popular, especially in cities with strict regulations on gas and propane appliances, or have mandated all-electric appliances be used in newly built buildings. Our e-grill plugs into a NEMA 6-30 receptacle, which is the same type of outlet used for large appliances like washers and dryers. While this means the grill is not portable, it does offer a very eco-friendly option, especially if your city’s electricity comes from renewable sources. Our electric grill is also made from stainless steel, making it resistant to rust and corrosion.

Detailed Comparison of Fuel Types

Convenience and Installation

  • Natural Gas: These grills require professional installation to connect to your property’s natural gas line. Once installed, you’ll have a continuous supply of gas without needing to replace or refill any fuel tanks.
  • Propane: Propane grills are easy to set up and move around as needed. They require empty fuel tanks to be swapped out with a full propane tank, which is an extra step but allows for portability.
  • Electric: Our electric grill requires a NEMA 6-30 receptacle to deliver the power needed to reach temperatures  comparable to natural gas and propane grills. This means you might need an electrician to install the outlet if you don’t already have one. Once installed, the grill is easy to use and doesn’t require fuel replacements.


  • Natural Gas: While natural gas burns much cleaner than charcoal, it is still a fossil fuel. It is more eco-friendly than charcoal but less so than electricity generated from renewable sources.
  • Propane: Propane is a more environmentally friendly option compared to charcoal but is still a fossil fuel, so propane grills won’t be as eco-friendly as electric appliances powered through renewable resources.
  • Electric: Electric grills are the most eco-friendly option if the electricity is generated from renewable sources like wind or solar power. This is why many cities are starting to require electric grills in certain circumstances, like newly built multi-family properties.

Cost Considerations

  • Initial Setup Costs: Natural gas grills may have higher initial setup costs due to the need for professional installation. Propane grills usually have lower setup costs but require regular propane tank refills. Electric grills require the installation of a NEMA 6-30 receptacle, which can be an added expense if not already available.
  • Ongoing Fuel Costs: Natural gas tends to be slightly cheaper over time compared to propane. Electric grills' costs depend on local electricity rates and your property’s overall energy consumption.

Practical Applications for Multi-Family Properties

Natural Gas Grills in Multi-Family Settings: For multi-family properties with outdoor common areas, natural gas grills are an excellent choice. They offer the convenience of a continuous fuel supply, making them ideal for frequent use without having to replace fuel tanks.

Propane Grills for Versatility: If your property requires more flexibility, portable propane grills are a great option. Their portability allows you to store them when not in use and move them to different locations as needed. This can be particularly useful for properties with smaller patio layouts, or grill areas without access to natural gas or electricity.

Electric Grills for Compliance and Eco-Friendliness: With increasing regulations on gas and propane grills, electric grills are becoming a necessity in many areas. They are perfect for properties that prioritize sustainability and want to comply with local ordinances. Our stainless steel e-grill is not only eco-friendly but also durable and rust-resistant, making it a long-lasting option for any multi-family property.

Our Product Offerings

Natural Gas Grills: These grills are perfect for properties that want a permanent, hassle-free grilling solution. We offer a range of cast-aluminum and stainless steel natural gas grills designed for easy installation and continuous use.

Propane Grills: These grills are easy to move and store, making them a versatile option. Our propane grills come in various cast-aluminum and stainless steel models, providing the portability and flexibility needed for multi-family properties.

Electric Grills: Our new electric grill, made from stainless steel, offers an eco-friendly and durable option for properties looking to comply with local regulations. Our electric grill fits the same dimensions as our S27T commercial grill model, making it a seamless addition to custom outdoor countertops.

Making the Right Choice

Factors to Consider

  • Property Type and Layout: Consider whether the grill needs to be portable or can remain in a fixed location. Does your grill area have natural gas hookups or an NEMA 6-30 receptacle for electricity? If not, you’ll either need to install them, or choose a portable propane grill.
  • Local Ordinances and Regulations: Check for any city regulations that might require or restrict certain types of grill fuel sources.
  • Environmental Goals and Sustainability: Choose an option that aligns with your property's sustainability goals.


  • Natural Gas Grills: Best for properties that need a permanent, continuous-use grill.
  • Propane Grills: Ideal for flexible, portable grilling solutions.
  • Electric Grills: Perfect for eco-friendly properties and those needing to comply with specific regulations.

Choosing the right patio grill for your property involves considering convenience, fuel type, and environmental impact. Whether you opt for natural gas, propane, or electric, each fuel type offers unique benefits suited to different needs. For more information on our products or to discuss your specific requirements, contact us today. Let us help you find the perfect grill for your property!

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