May 26th, 2017
Nothing can ruin the perfect backyard barbecue faster than running out of propane for the grill. It’s a situation all backyard grillers have faced at one time or another, but it doesn’t have to be. Switching your propane gas grill to use natural gas is actually a pretty simple conversion, and with this handy guide, you’ll know everything you need to know.
1 – Make sure your grill is compatible with natural gas
Not all gas grills are compatible with natural gas. You’ll want to review your owners’ manual to make sure that you can convert from propane to natural gas. If the information is not in the manual, you should check the manufacturers website for the details or contact them directly either by phone or email to make sure before you proceed. If purchasing a new grill, be sure to ask for the Natural Gas model, which will already come converted.
2 – Plan where you want to put your grill and measure distances
Knowing where you want your grill to be located is very important and measuring all the distances before you start can make the job go a lot faster. You’ll need to plan just how much gas line you’ll need, and where the line needs to go. The location of your gas meter is essential, and if you need to go up or down any slopes, or around any corners, make sure you know the distances of each one.
3 – Call your professionally licensed gas fitter
Natural gas lines are absolutely not something a home handyman should attempt on their own. All gas lines in your home need to be certified and approved that they meet all the necessary safety codes. Make sure you contact a professionally licensed gas fitter to take care of the gas line installation, and you can be sure everything is done right.
4 – Buy your natural gas conversion kit & install
Each manufacturer will have certain types of conversion kits that they approve to be compatible with their grills. Consult the manufacturers website for approved kits, make your purchase and follow all steps of the instructions. Installation of these kits is typically very simple, so you should have everything ready to connect easily.
5 – Fire it up and kiss your propane tank goodbye
The final step is the most satisfying. Now you get to spark up your grill and cook the first of many meals without ever having to worry about running out of gas again!
If you have any questions about converting your propane gas grill to use natural gas, we’re here to help. Feel free to contact us any time to book an appointment with one of our licensed gas fitters.