When I went out to clean off the BBQ, I discovered that the line from
the propane tank to the burners has several holes that look like they
were chewed. The line is fairly new and except for the holes, shows no
We do not live in a wooded area. The only animals we ever see are
squirrels and rats. I suspect the rats. Is there any other
Assuming that it is a rat or other animal, why would they chew a hose?
Are they after the grease? After I replace the hose, do I need to be
more careful to keep it clean? This has never happened before. Is
there something else I should do?
Yeah-- The squirrels.<g> Or chipmunks, or mice . . . .
One theory is that whatever we touch with our sweaty hands gets salty
& they need the salt. I suspect they are just trying to kill us.
I've had mice chew my wiring harness in a new car. I doubt anything
but a robot ever touched that wire.
Last month a friend had out-of-town relatives staying in his camper in
his back yard. The came in to ask how to turn off the 'smoke
detector' -- turned out it was the explosive gas detector. Some
rodent had chewed the propane lines---- then they turned on the
water. Yup- the bastards ate some of that too. [and for good
measure they ate some wires on his generator in a nearby shed.]
I think that individual rodents get a taste for rubber- and until they
find a good live wire, they taste every piece of rubber/plastic they
can find. Stuff happens-- be vigilant-- take precautions.
I'd think squirrels. Bumped into a coworker once at a hardware store
and he said he needed new lines since squirrels had chewed his.
I keep my BBQ covered and we have lots of squirrels but they have never
bothered it. My grill is practically an antique and I've had to replace
burner and grates several times but hoses have remained intact.
This same thing caused the death of my gas grill. Decided to go with
charcoal and gave the grill to someone else who replaced the propane
connection. I suspect, in my case, that some grease drippings had
landed on the hose and made it too much to resist. Darn rodents! I
like charcoal better anyway, but it's certainly less convenient.
Do they sell propane hoses with steel-braid jackets, like they do for
car fuel lines?
But yeah, a little meat grease on the hose, and it looks like food to
critters. Even the mold release on a new hose can smell interesting
enough to them.
I'll vote for the rats. Too bad they didnt get gassed and die. I
hate rats. Wrap the hose in some sort of metal. Screen, tin-foil, or
shove it thru some copper tubing. Then put rat poison around the area
so they DO have something to chew. (warning, dont use rat poison if
you have pets).
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