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Disclaimer: You really should consult a certified gas fitter for this type of project. Be sure to check all local building codes prior to attempting a project of this nature. Connecting your propane gas grill to your house propane supply is a great way to ensure you can cook dinner anytime without running out of gas.
This can be a fairly straight forward home improvement project if you have an accessible gas line near the grill. In my case I had the plumbers run a gas line outside just under the deck when we built the house. They ran the gas line outside and left it with a shut-off valve so that I could connect it to my grill. Also, you should check with your local code officials before you start a project similar to this.
The first step is to remove the old regulator and supply line on your propane grill. The hose running from the propane tank on my grill has a regulator attached to it and then it connects to the bottom of the grill as you can see in this photo. I went to my local propane supplier and had them make me a 12 foot long rubber gas line.
They supplied me with the fittings I needed to attach the gas line to the grill and the shut-off valve below the deck. Next I drilled a hole in the deck, fed the gas line down below the deck and secured it to the framing with brackets. I ran the new gas line all the way back to the existing gas shut-off valve. I connected the fittings and made sure all of it was nice and tight. Finally I turned on the gas, tested the fittings for leaks with a soapy water solution. The barbeque grill works great and now we never have to worry about running out of gas right in the middle or preparing dinner or having a party.
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All posts by Todd ». Search for more articles here. Enter keywords like, 'insulation' or 'kitchens' etc to find your topic. This got me started in the right direction. One thing I would add is to verify that your propane is supplied at the right pressure. As I understand it most systems have a regulator at the tank and one at the entry to the house. I wanted to be able to remove the grill and line at the end of the season so I had a quick disconnect fitting added into the hose assembly at the end where it attaches to the shutoff valve.
Use yellow teflon tape for any threaded connections you make. My grill has a compression fitting at the grill inlet so no tape was required there. Herb — You bring up a very important issue, one I think I pointed out but definitely worth repeating. Great idea with the quick connect! Herb — No worries!
Definitely very important and worth mentioning several times. Thanks for the additional info! I have an in-ground lp tank which used to be connected to the house. The former gas supplier thought he would be cute since i stopped buying form him, and he removed the fitting from the valve outlet to the pipe running to the house.
We purchased a house last spring that had a propane line that runs from outside tank, to our basement and then branches off back outside to our read deck. I have been told that some gas suppliers do not allow this. Is there a safety concern I should worry about? I always make sure the grill is off as well as the valve outside when not in use.
Mainer82 — Thanks for the nice compliment. Mine was roughed-in when we built the house and my local gas supplier is the one that set it up this way. The safety concern is that if high winds or heaven forbid a tornados rips your grill away, propane will spew from your disconnected propane feed making a dangerous situation even worse.
But I will first call my supplier to make sure there are no issues to be resolved. Just had my Weber grill hooked up to my house propane supplied from outside tank with regulator just before main line enters house. Flex line to grill about 10 feet comes from inside house out to deck and grill. Problem: grill does not heat to degree it did from the small cylinder. Is this really the thing to do, and will it likely solve the problem? The question is where does your grill connect to the propane with reference to the house regulator?
The new line the plumber installed to the grill comes off the house line manifold inside the house AFTER the regulator for the inside house line — the regulator is just outside the house. The manifold has flex lines from it to the furnace, water heater, etc. The gas pressure is already reduced when it enters the house. Took off the grill regulator — like original post said to do — and it works fine now. I saw somewhwere else mention bolting the grill to the deck.
Also, my grill is a propane starter for charcoal. Is the fitting the same ie, remove the regulator, hook up the hose, etc. Hello, My I just moved into a new home this past fall. Carlos — Depends…. The best solution is to have a gas fitter check for you. Yes, the grill needs to be attached to the deck or patio if it is permanently plumbed to a gas supply. Check both, and if they are the same, you should not use a second regulator on the grill. Rubber hose should not be used for permanent hookups. Use copper tubing and attach it well to the structure. You can use a piece of rubber or flex for the last piece that goes to the grill, after the last shutoff valve.
Disclaimer: I am an expert but I am not a d gas fitter in your state. Use this information at your own risk. Some great advice on this. Thanks Todd. Then a shutoff valve followed by a flex line. Sounds like what my gas pro recommended. Thank you both. I had a plumber who is a NH d gas fitting install the valve and connection on my deck of a new home being built. My concern is that black iron pipe outdoors is high maintenance, requiring paint.
Any idea on what would trigger the need to use black iron pipe for this? Good article and advice. I hooked up my propane grill as you explained but I can not get the grill to heat below With only one burner on the lowest setting the grill reached quickly. Using 2 burners on the lowest setting gives me and all three at the lowest setting is Would an additional regulator for the grill remedy this? Thanks and again nice post. Sounds like you may be hooked directly to the propane without a regulator.
Thank you very much for this wonderful article, we are about to have a heating and plumbing expert set this up at our cottage connecting our propane BBQ to the large propane tank that heats the building. Just wondering if it is worth all the effort to do this, as opposed to just hooking up the BBQ to a smaller eg 20lb portable tank? There seem to be quite a few things that could go wrong if not installed properly or the connection breaks down somewhere.
I connected my propane grill to my house propane supply after the whole house regulator. My grill at low temp setting heats to I thought I needed another regulator. I attached the regulator that came with the grill to the grill supply line. I had to purchase an adapter for the propane grill tank end. Installed these and now it will not heat above Any suggestions to get this grill going?
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