Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

Home How to Convert a Propane Grill to Natural Gas The safest and easiest way to convert a liquid propane grill to natural gas is with a conversion kit supplied by the manufacturer, Schultz says. (Photo courtesy of Angie's List Dan R. of Charlotte, N.C.) Before converting your grill from liquid propane to natural gas, learn the steps involved and the different methods required of different grills. Due to the price of liquid propane, many outdoor grill owners are making the decision to convert their outdoor grills to natural gas. Before making the change, you’ll want to know the steps to properly make the conversion. Unfortunately, you cannot take a liquid propane grill, buy the necessary fittings and simply attach it to the natural gas line. Liquid propane gas burns hotter than natural gas and therefore, the valves and orifices are designed for a lower gas flow than a natural gas grill.  When a liquid propane grill is improperly connected to natural gas, the flames will be very small and the grill will not heat up properly. In order to safely and properly convert a liquid propane grill, the orifices need to be changed, as well as the attachment hose and regulator. The safest and easiest way to convert a liquid propane grill to natural gas is with a conversion kit supplied by the manufacturer. Some liquid propane grills come with the necessary orifices to prepare the grill for use with natural gas. Some grills have flex valves that allow the grill to be used with natural gas when the liquid propane orifices are removed from the main burner valves.  Other liquid propane grills require the removal of the main burner orifices and the installation of new natural gas orifices. Side burners, sear burners and rear burners usually require the liquid propane orifices to be removed and new natural gas orifices installed. The removal and replacement of valve orifices requires disassembly of the grill. In addition to installing the correct orifices to convert a grill to natural gas, you also have to connect the grill properly and safely to the natural gas supply line. The existing liquid propane gas hose and regulator must be removed from the grill.  If the natural gas supply line does not already have a shut off valve, one will have to be installed. If the grill is a built-in model, a yellow gas flex line is required to connect the grill to the natural gas supply line. If the grill is a cart grill on wheels, a quick-disconnect hose is required to connect the grill to the natural gas supply line. I recommend the use of a half-inch diameter line/hose whenever possible.  A natural gas regulator will also have to be installed to correctly regulate the flow of gas. It must be rated to handle the BTU output of the grill, and a natural gas regulator is required by California building code. Once the correct orifices are in place and connected properly to the grill, check for leaks using soapy water. If no leaks are found, carefully turn on the grill and check for proper operation. If the grill is operating properly, it is ready for use. Gas grill conversion should be done by a certified service tech. About this Angie’s List Expert: Frank Schultz is an authorized grill service tech and owner of The Grill Man. The company specializes in sales and repair of outdoor natural gas and liquid propane grills in the Los Angeles area, along with service to patio heaters, fire pits and outdoor islands. As of June 28, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie’s List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List. June 28, 2013By Frank Schultz of The Grill Man Post New Comment Name * email@youremail.com * The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Subject Type your comments here. * All comments are subject to review and approval prior to posting. Home page
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Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

Before converting your grill from liquid propane to natural gas, learn the steps involved and the different methods required of different grills. Due to the price of liquid propane, many outdoor grill owners are making the decision to convert their outdoor grills to natural gas. Before making the change, you’ll want to know the steps to properly make the conversion. Unfortunately, you cannot take a liquid propane grill, buy the necessary fittings and simply attach it to the natural gas line. Liquid propane gas burns hotter than natural gas and therefore, the valves and orifices are designed for a lower gas flow than a natural gas grill.  When a liquid propane grill is improperly connected to natural gas, the flames will be very small and the grill will not heat up properly. In order to safely and properly convert a liquid propane grill, the orifices need to be changed, as well as the attachment hose and regulator. The safest and easiest way to convert a liquid propane grill to natural gas is with a conversion kit supplied by the manufacturer. Some liquid propane grills come with the necessary orifices to prepare the grill for use with natural gas. Some grills have flex valves that allow the grill to be used with natural gas when the liquid propane orifices are removed from the main burner valves.  Other liquid propane grills require the removal of the main burner orifices and the installation of new natural gas orifices. Side burners, sear burners and rear burners usually require the liquid propane orifices to be removed and new natural gas orifices installed. The removal and replacement of valve orifices requires disassembly of the grill. In addition to installing the correct orifices to convert a grill to natural gas, you also have to connect the grill properly and safely to the natural gas supply line. The existing liquid propane gas hose and regulator must be removed from the grill.  If the natural gas supply line does not already have a shut off valve, one will have to be installed. If the grill is a built-in model, a yellow gas flex line is required to connect the grill to the natural gas supply line. If the grill is a cart grill on wheels, a quick-disconnect hose is required to connect the grill to the natural gas supply line. I recommend the use of a half-inch diameter line/hose whenever possible.  A natural gas regulator will also have to be installed to correctly regulate the flow of gas. It must be rated to handle the BTU output of the grill, and a natural gas regulator is required by California building code. Once the correct orifices are in place and connected properly to the grill, check for leaks using soapy water. If no leaks are found, carefully turn on the grill and check for proper operation. If the grill is operating properly, it is ready for use. Gas grill conversion should be done by a certified service tech. About this Angie’s List Expert: Frank Schultz is an authorized grill service tech and owner of The Grill Man. The company specializes in sales and repair of outdoor natural gas and liquid propane grills in the Los Angeles area, along with service to patio heaters, fire pits and outdoor islands. As of June 28, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie’s List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.
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Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

(c)2013 Andy Arthur./Flickr Over the last few years, more and more outdoor appliances have shown up that are gas powered. Patio heaters, gas fireplaces, and of course, gas cooking equipment. Also, grills have gotten larger and larger and much more powerful. This means that you could be burning through propane tank after tank if you spend a lot of time in on the porch. So what are you going to do? Make regular trips to refill or exchange your empty propane tank? Why not go natural gas.Natural gas has many benefits. First of all, depending on where you live it can be much cheaper, as much as a third the price of propane for each BTU. Since natural gas has half the power of propane it can actually cost a sixth as much or less than propane per volume, but since you use twice as much it's still a third the price. Also, natural gas burns much cleaner than propane. So natural gas is better for the environment and you don't get as much exhaust from the burning propane which can end up on your food and float around your party. Lastly, natural gas, connected to your house won't run out until the gas company does in 30 to 40 years. No more tanks to refill, no more worrying about running out in the middle of a big cookout and no more carrying those heavy tanks.Most all gas fired outdoor appliances whether they are grills, smoker, patio heaters, or fire pits come in a natural gas version. For many of these, the difference is just a few parts. As I said, natural gas has about half the BTUs (amount of heat generated) as propane. Simply plugging in a natural gas line to your propane grill won't work, even if you could get the connector. If you are in the market for a new grill, think about natural gas before you buy. Most stores will have them available or they can order one for you. If you already have a propane burning gas grill contact the manufacturer about getting a conversion kit. For many gas grill models, you can make the conversion in a few minutes with little more than a wrench.Now all you need is a gas line to a convenient location. There are two things in my house that scare me, electricity and gas. I don't mess with either one because I know both of them can kill me quickly and easily. Running a gas line to your backyard porch or patio isn't something you should do yourself unless you are a certified contractor. Contact your gas company. They will have a list of certified contractors who can do the job for you. Get a couple of bids. The whole process is pretty easy and shouldn't take more than an hour or two.On the subject, have your installer put in a quick connect gas line so you can plug in your gas appliance easily. One product I really like is Maxitrol's Plug 1 gas connector. This connector is the size of a regular electrical outlet box and works pretty much the same way. It has a drop down cover for the gas line so nothing can crawl in and nest. It also has an on/off switch so you can turn off the flow of gas some place other than the gas appliance. If you had an uncontrollable grill fire you could turn off the gas from a distance without having to get too close to the grill. It also turns itself off if the flow of gas becomes uncontrollable, like if the gas line to the grill got cut. It&'s a convenient unit and adds a lot of safety to your outdoor gas appliances. Tell your contractor that this is what you want and he'll think you know more than you do and won't try and jack up the installation price.So, whether you are in the market for a new gas grill or what to get away from those trips to find propane, think about natural gas. Hey, it's even good for the environment. You'll find it really makes outdoor cooking and relaxing much easier. Read More

Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas
Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas
Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas
Can You Convert Propane Patio Heater To Natural Gas

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