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Burn Type - Natural Gas vs Liquid Propane

When it comes to choosing an Outdoor Fireplace the possibilities seem to be infinite. It’s definitely not hard to see that everyone should have one and it will be no problem to find just what you  want. There are endless options from small outdoor firepits to outdoor firepit tables toCropperCapture[20] complete outdoor fireplace units. One of the most important decisions you’re going to have to make is the type of fuel you want to use in your new outdoor fireplace. Generally, your options are natural gas, liquid propane, or wood – all are good choices but you’ll want to make an educated decision since you’re going to have to stick with it until it comes time to upgrade your outdoor fireplace. This article will explore the primary differences between liquid propane and natural gas, wood will be reviewed in a future article.

The basic differences between liquid propane and natural gas are portability, compression, energy efficiency, and cost. To most people the most important differences between Natural Gas and Liquid Propane are going to be convenience and cost. The choice is definitely yours and is based primarily on preference and what you plan on using it for, we could go either way one this one. Generally, there is no difference when it comes to performance in appliances for heating or cooking. Natural Gas is convenient since you will no longer have to worry about running out of gas in the middle of your big family reunion. However, that will require that you keep your grill in one spot near the gas connection, moving the firepit to another part of the yard will not be an option. With Liquid Propane you have the ease of toting the firepit anywhere as long as it’s a portable grill. However, you also have to tote a large propane tank around with you and make sure you have enough to last through your party or trip or you’ll be making a last minute run to the local gas station.  Please see the following table for a simple break down of the basic differences between Liquid Propane and Natural Gas (click on it to see it larger).  LPState safety departments have written laws concerning the use of gas appliances. These laws are not consistent across the country. The best source of information concerning your local regulations would be the state regulatory agency involved.