If you love to cook outdoors, then you know that a natural gas grill is a way to go. Not only do they provide great flavor, but they are also much more convenient than traditional charcoal grills. If you're thinking about adding a built-in natural gas grill to your outdoor kitchen island, this blog post is for you! We will walk you through the installation process step by step. So, let's get started!

What to Consider Before Installing a Built-In Natural Gas Grill

The built-in Muscle Grill

Before you begin the installation process, there are a few things you need to take into consideration.

01 | Utilities

First, you must ensure a gas line can be run to your outdoor kitchen island. If you don't have a natural gas line, you will need to have one installed. This should always be done by a professional. Additionally, some grills have electronic ignition and interior and exterior lighting, requiring an electrician to run electrical to your outdoor kitchen island and install outlets.

02 | Type of Grill

Once you have your gas line sorted out, the next thing to consider is what type of built-in grill you want to install. There are many different options on the market. Decide what features are most important to you and find a grill with those features.

You may want to consider the size of the grill, the type of ignition system, and whether or not you want side burners.

03 | Budget

Of course, you also need to consider your budget when selecting a built-in grill. Grills can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. Decide how much you will spend, and then find a grill that fits within that budget.

Once you have considered these things, it's time to start the installation process!

The Estate Grills and Madera Series Storage

How to Install a Built-In Natural Gas Grill

Now that you know what to consider before installing a built-in natural gas grill, it's time to start! The installation process is simple and can be done in just a few steps.

01 | Location

Your grill's location will be determined by the size and layout of your backyard and outdoor kitchen island. After you've chosen a site, draw a line around the area where you will install the barbecue.

02 | Preparing the Area

It's time to prepare the area after you've chosen and designated the position of your built-in grill. This step is critical and will ensure that your grill is installed correctly. Remove any rubbish or vegetation from the path. Then, using a level and a square, draw circles around each hole for the mounting brackets or insulating grill liners to ensure that everything is flat.

An Insulating Grill Liner for the Estate Grill

03 | Installing the Grill Liner or Mounting Brackets

With the pilot holes drilled, it's time to install the insulating grill liner or attach the mounting brackets to the island. Align each of the bracket's holes with those on the island. Then fasten it in place using screws. Repeat this process for each of the mounting brackets.

04 | Install the Grill

Carefully position the grill and then use mounting hardware to secure it, following the manufacturer's instructions.

05 | Connect Utilities

Connect the gas supply line or add a propane tank, depending on your chosen fuel source. Then, follow the manufacturer's instructions to finish the installation procedure. For grills with interior and exterior lighting, connect the grill to the pre-installed electrical outlet of your island.

The Muscle Grill from American Made Grills

Some tools and materials needed for installation

  • Drill
  • Hole saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Square
  • Chalk line
  • Pipe wrench
  • Screwdrivers
  • Work gloves

And with that, you’re ready to start grilling! If any of these steps are confusing or intimidating, seek the help of a professional. They will be able to help you select the perfect built-in grill for your outdoor kitchen island and ensure that it is installed correctly.

Tips for Using a Built-In Natural Gas Grill

Now that you have your built-in grill installed, it's time to start grilling! Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your new appliance.

  • Always consult the owner’s manual before using your built-in grill for the first time. This will ensure that you are using it correctly and safely.
  • A built-in natural gas grill is the best way to get evenly cooked food. If you're using charcoal, make sure to distribute the coals evenly.
  • The built-in natural gas grill will heat up quickly, so keep an eye on the temperature gauge. You may need to adjust the flame height to ensure that your food doesn't get overcooked.
  • The built-in natural gas grill is perfect for cooking chicken, steak, fish, and vegetables. Get creative with your recipes and experiment with different flavor combinations.
  • A built-in natural gas grill will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. Be sure to invite your friends and family for a cookout once it's installed!
Custom grill island with a built-in natural gas Estate Grill

The Benefits of Having a Built-In Natural Gas Grill

There are many benefits to having a built-in natural gas grill.

  1. First and foremost, it's a great way to entertain guests. Whether you're hosting a small gathering or a large party, your built-in grill will come in handy.
  2. Another benefit of having a built-in natural gas grill is that it's much easier to cook with. You won't have to worry about starting a fire or dealing with charcoal. Simply turn on the gas, and you're ready to go.
  3. A built-in natural gas grill will also save you money in the long run. With no need for charcoal or propane, you'll be able to cut down on your grilling costs.
  4. Finally, a built-in natural gas grill is perfect for any outdoor kitchen. It will add value to your home and make your outdoor space more enjoyable.

If you're considering installing a built-in natural gas grill, follow the tips in this blog post. Your built-in grill will provide years of enjoyment with proper installation and care.

American Made Grills is your source for luxury gas and hybrid grills made in Huntington Beach, CA. For more tips on grill safety, techniques, and recipes, be sure to check out our blogs.

Custom island with the Estate Grill, a built-in natural gas grill masterpiece
August 01, 2022 — Jason Klein