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Converting a propane grill to natural gas
January 20, 2015 – 11:53 am
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Are you tired of always needing to refill the gas bottle on your propane BBQ grill? Then why not connect your grill directly to your home's gas line!

If your house is connected to a propane tank then you probably wouldn't be reading this article as connecting your grill would be fairly elementary. However, most of you probably have natural gas piped to your home which complicates connecting your gas grill. The rest of this article will assume that you wish to connect a propane gas (lp) grill to your house's natural gas (ng) line.

gas grillDo you want to?

If you are not comfortable working with gas, you probably don't want to attempt this project by yourself. Please realize that you will void any warranties that your grill may still have. Also remember that this information is just a guide and in no way do we claim fault or liability if it doesn't work for you. If you attempt this project, you are attempting it at your own risk. Having said all that - let's move on!

Inspect your grill

If you have a grill that's a few years old, check to be sure it's still worthy of converting to natural gas. Take a good look at the burner - is it in good shape and not rusted or burnt out? Are your racks in good condition? Is the housing OK and not rusted through? Does the igniter work properly? If too many areas are "iffy" then perhaps you will want to start with a new grill. That was the case for me.

gas grillSince I needed a new grill I figured why not just buy a natural gas grill. Except the cheapest grill I could find was 0 and it was bigger then I wanted. So I bought a new propane grill for around 0.

Tee into gas pipe...

First decide where to tee into your gas line. Do not tee by the meter. With the gas shut off at the meter, disconnect the gas line and add a tee with a shut-off. When assembling, seal all pipe threads with a sealant that's approved for use with gas.

Continue to run gas pipe to where your grill will be sitting and install another shut off at the far end. In my project I ran 1/2" flexible gas line underneath my home and rigid 1/2" black pipe through the skirting and anyplace outside my home. Flexible gas pipe is more expensive but can be a huge time saver.

With the shut-off at the far end turned off, turn the gas back on at the meter and check for leaks by pouring a small amount of soapy water at each connection. If a leak is detected bubble will flow or pop-up as pictured. Next relight any gas appliances you have in the home.

Convert grill to NG

Remove Regulator
The regulator, which controls the pressure of the propane to the grill, must be removed. The natural gas regulator on the house will now control your pressure. Locate the regulator and follow the hose back to the grill. If you have a side burner you may come to a tee with one hose going to the main burner and the other going to the side burner. At the tee or burner, either unscrew the ends or cut the hose several inches below the tee or burner. If your line is crimped and not screwed into any fillings, then you will have to cut it.

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Popular Q&A
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Can a Weber natural gas grill be converted to propane?

Probably some models are convertable and others not...you eed to egt a hold of Charmglow and find out if and what kit you will need...some stores like HD that sell them will have sharts and kits also..
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