I'm tired of the cost of propane, and charcoal is even worse. I have
a gas outlet in the back yard I could tap into, but I know the
regulator and burrner jets would have to be modified for it to work.
Has anyone done this, and could they point me in the way of conversion
kits. Thanks in advance.-Jitney
On Jun 27, 4:16 am, email@example.com wrote:
or, it may just be easier to keep on grillin' with present hardware.
here's some varieties of barbecue to inspire your appetite, while you
avoid learning how hard it may be to retrofit grill with rusted
fittings and the wrong regulators, etc.
maybe check craigslist for local possibilities of an inexpensive
more fun at:
NG is delivered at lower pressure than propane regulators provide. You
should be able to pipe it into the burner bar (remove the regulator that is
provided for the LP tank). Won't burn quite as hot, but it should work. You
may need to use a small drill to enlarge the orifice for the gas to go
There are conversion kits for about $50 for some grills that are made
to be convertible, but not most. Check on the manufacturer's
website. Essentially the kit is a hose with quick disconnect NG
fitting on one end and a new set of orifices. NG is under lower
pressure and needs larger orifices to achieve the same BTUs. The
kits also seem to have some do-dads that go under the existing
knobs. They look like they could be some kind of stop, to change the
max turn-on distance? I've heard that instead of changing the
orifices, you could just drill out the existing ones to the new larger
a good friend who works at sears and handles all their return
merchandise states natural gas grills are often returned because users
report they dont get as hot as propane. propane definetely has more
BTUs than natural gas.
you might be disappointed in the conversion. I didnt convert mine for
i solved the empty tank issue by watching for people getting rid of
grill tanks. a few bucks here and there.
i quit finally after getting too many tanks for free / near free. have
6 or 8.
I take them in once a year and get all filled.never run out. they also
run a propane bullet heater, i use once in a great while, also good
exchanging costs more than filling at a station with a propane fill
tank, convenience store exchange twiice fill cost.
i do exchange once old tanks with obsolete valves. the exchange places
install new valves to send the tank out, and i benefit.
if a tank starts to rust or look shabby i exchange it, not worth the
effort painting. let them do it,
well thats my solution to running out of propane, i store extra tanks
in my shed far away from house, and its always well ventilated, just n
case of a leak.
If your grill is mounted on a portable cart, rather than a post, you
will have to attach a flexible gas rated hose. That will probably cost
more than either the new regulator or the new orifices.
To get the right orifice and regulator, contact the grill
I've done it and had very good results. It's true the grill doesn't
burn as hot as with propane, but that's a WELCOME advantage. I have
less chared food now.
And lots of times the orifices, hoses and such are corroded or crudded up so
bad they can't be disassembled.
Was at HD the other day, and a flex gas hose was $14 for a 4 footer. More
for a 12'. But yes, you can do it. Buy a new larger fire extinguisher,
too. If you do everything right, it will work and MAY work for a long time.
And then Murphy's Law kicks in.
Thanks, all. I'll probably try the conversion myself, since part of
the point is to save money. The lower temp of NG is not a problem
since the burgers drip so much flammable grease that the burning
grease takes over at some point. Part of the plan is to fasten it
down, I'm making this a permanent fixture.-Jitney
Try asking in this website forum all about grills and grilling, I found out
some good info on some mods for my grill there.
(non disclaimer..I have nothing to do with that forum other than as an
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