Yes – A propane tank grill can be converted to natural gas, but it’s not as simple as just changing the type of fuel. Converting to natural gas requires the purchase of a conversion kit. Items needed may include the kit, burner, and or control valves, depending on the grill type.
If you have a natural gas line in your backyard, you are a few steps away from converting from propane to cheaper natural gas. However, you can’t run a propane gas grill from a natural gas line without first converting it. Doing so is relatively simple, follow the steps below for how to convert.
NOTE: If you have an existing gas line, be sure to turn the gas line off when converting. Ensure the conversion is finished before turning on the gas line to the grill.
Convert Your Propane Grill to Natural Gas in 3 Steps
Propane to natural gas conversion kit
1. Is your grill designed for dual fuel?
First, before converting the grill, always check that it is designed for dual fuel and able to run off of natural gas. Not every propane grill can use natural gas without the proper conversion kit – be sure to consult your owner’s manual before attempting to convert it to natural gas.
2. Purchase a propane to natural gas conversion kit.
Turning a propane grill into one that runs off of natural gas is as easy as installing a conversion kit. Refer to your grill’s rating label for the details of which conversion kit you will need. The propane to natural gas conversion kit includes new gas jets, a gas hose, quick disconnect gas fittings and gas valve limiter stops.
3. Install the propane to natural gas conversion kit.
Follow all directions included in the conversion kit to get it done safely. To convert a propane grill to natural gas, use the jet wrench that comes with the conversion kit to install the new jets. You will also have to limit the valve flow on the grills heat knobs by installing valve limiter stops. If you do not have a gas line yet, run the gas line to the grill and be sure to install a shutoff valve at the end of the gas line.
Do I need a natural gas regulator on my grill?
All natural gas grills require a regulator, which regulates the pressure into the grill. It is recommended to have one on a grill that has high BTUs.
What are the benefits of converting a propane grill to natural gas?
Natural gas grills are cheaper to use than propane because they require about half the amount of fuel for an equivalent cooking time. Once a natural gas line is installed, you will no longer have to worry about running out of propane and buying more during cooking or replacing the tanks as often.
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