Only a certain % of the tanks can not be refilled. When they need to
replace the OPD valve they replace it with one that needs special tools in
order to be filled.
So if you must use these bad guys get the newest tank or the oldest looking
They also re-certify the older tanks so some of the smucks at Home Cheapo
and Slows trade in a brand new tank for one that may be near the EOL 17 year
Be you can't tell what I think of their business plan. :)
Dont have to find em.. a 'professional" BBQ supplier shop here will take in
your whole burner rig (you take it apart) and DRILL OUT the existing orf's
to the proper size. This works Propane TO NG as the hole gets bigger..
Wont work NG to Propane.
Now If I'd known that they weren't REPLACING the orifices (but simply
drilling them out) I could have done that myself..but admittedly I didnt
know what size bit to use. Now, if anyone asks, I can slip a drill bit into
my setup, find out the size and let them know.
Our place has a built-in NG 'quick release' hookup for the BBQ out on the
deck out back. The gasline was plumbed when house was built. Later the gas
guys came back and attached the Quick Release valve..no additional permit or
inspection required here.
While you may have to get a different valve in the grill, it should be
I have an old Charmglow grill hooked up to city gas. When the
development I am in was built some 40 years ago, the builder installed these
grills outside every house. I have replaced every part of the grill over
time except for the housing. It is possible that the grill valve is a
special type and since I only replaced it once, I simply used whatever valve
the manufacturer called for. We have a shutoff valve in the basement just
for the line going to the grill but other than that, it is really a straight
forward hookup. It's nice not to have to deal with propane tanks and such.
The downside is that you can not move the grill if the wind so dictates.
In South-East Michigan--
My outdoor grill powered by Nat. Gas, has a splitter at the outside gas
meter (after the meter of course), a shut off valve and then some buried
copper gas line to the back yard and then up into the support column for
the grill. The maker of the Grill, sells two types of burners and flame
control valves for the basic model of grill: One for Nat Gas, the other
Propane is hotter, and burns with out all the water in the fuel. Propane
is much closer to the heat generated by hardwood charcoal. My grill's
Nat Gas burner is, IMHO, a slower and cooler cooking grill than a equal
sized propane burner. Slower, more control, and gets the job done but
nix the charred burned outside and raw 'still got the Moo' inside.
BTW: the support column is encased in a deep concrete footing. The thin
concrete stones I use for a backyard patio may shift with the freeze/
frost each winter, but that grill and that buried gas line ain't going
nowhere, no how. Had to go below winter freeze line depth. May not be a
problem where you live.
Different States, different laws. Many places where I live will just
refill your tank and charge you going rate. None of this Tank exchange
so many BORGS and hardware stores have. They, the Auto Gas Stations that
offer Propane sales, have all the conversions and adapters. Only problem
is you must pay the going rate for Propane. Ain't cheap no more. Just
like Gas for car.
Back to your question: You just might have to buy a new grill for Nat
Gas. Check Weber web site to see if they offer a Nat Gas conversion kit.
In short that new fitting was mandated some time ago. As I rememberr it
was for safety reasons.
Chances are you can modify your grill to operate on natural gas.
Usually it is a single inexpensive part required.
The new pipe may require a permit and likely will be subject to local
codes. For that you will need to contact your local authorities. I
strongly suggest that you follow the local codes and get the proper permits.
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