I need to do some rework on the propane distribution at my cottage which I
installed 20 or 30 years ago. It uses flare fittings and 3/8" copper tubing
with regular rubber propane hoses to connect to two 100lb tanks. Valves let
us select which tank is in use.
We just installed a new kitchen and I want to redo/reroute the propane
connections and replace the tank fittings and valves - all of which are
getting a little "tired" looking after all these years (everything is
propane since there is no electricity).
When I did the install, these fittings and tubing were readily available at
any hardware store but I can't seem to find them now.
Can anyone suggest where to get them and why they are no longer so readily
available (new rules/laws?)
I'm in Canada if that makes a difference?
I dont know about Canada, but in the US flexible copper pipe and
fittings are in every hardware store. As far as the pipe getting
"tired looking", that makes no sense at all. Copper pipe dont wear
out from gas. Unless it's badly corroded from water, it should be
fine. It just isnt as shiny as it was when new.
By "tired" I mean, the tubing has been bent a few too many times moving the
stove or fridge out from the wall to clean, paint or repair, it has a few
"kinks in it here and there, the rubber tank hoses have that "saturated"
smell they get after a few too many years, the flares on the tubing have
been connected and disconnected one-too-many times, the fittings have
rounded corners from too many ill-fitting wrenches etc.
Like most things, after 30 years of wear and tear, it's just ready for some
Interesting the fittings are still available in H/W stores in the US? Maybe
I just haven't been in the right hardware or, maybe there is some law now in
Canada about people doing their own propane connections?
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