The unofficial start of summer is just weeks away and here in New York State, some are wondering if the charcoal grilling ban is a real thing?

The warm days are here and the time to get the propane and charcoal you will need is now! It never fails, you start the grill, get a cold beer ready and then the propane runs out! Always, always have a backup.

But what about that charcoal? Is it still OK to use for your backyard bbq? Can you grill outdoors in New York State?

If you love gas grills like I do, have you wondered what lies ahead when it comes to the laws? New York State does tend to follow other state's when it comes to "progressive" laws and there is a chance that may happen again.

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The Future of GRILLS?

Here in New York State, what is the future of that grill? We have all heard that there will be a ban in place that puts restrictions of appliances and heaters that run on fossil fuels. New construction will not have any gas lines put in and your current appliances will have to be swapped out eventually to all electric.



In California, there are similar bans being put in place. In an effort to go green and energy efficient, California will also be putting a ban on SINGLE USE PROPANE tanks!

So, as part of wide-ranging update and expansion of its recycling and waste management regulations, California SB1256 has banned the sale of single-use propane cylinders in the state, effective January 1, 2028.

If Californians have them, they can use them but buying them in California won't be possible. Can New York be far behind? It seems that Governor Hochul and New York State legislators align with California on many issues and it doesn't seem too far fetched to assume that single use propane will be restricted in New York soon as well.

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