I have a natural gas grill. I want to run a gas line from the meter to the grill. Does the gas line need to be buried or can I run it along the house? I do not know what is in code and what is not. Do you? I live in unincorporated Adams county
I am not a professional at gas line work but have had experience in this area . I had 3 inspectors come out and inspect what i was doing and got 3 different answers on how to do it.I then called my local gas supplier and they had insight on what needed to be done i did it that way .I than had them send an city inspector out to inspect the work done and it was passed . I recomend you pull a permet or check to see if one is needed .this may be as easy as getting A gas company involved who will let you do the work (a small fee will be required) .They will tell you what an inspector will need to have done, they will check the work and have it inspected for you,and you will have the satisfaction of doing it yourself and save money while you know it was done correctly.and if there is a conversion issue with the gas(propane to natural) the gas supplier will have the answers and any parts needed .this is the safest and best way to do this if you do it yourself .fyi i had to redo mine three times because of three diferent inspectors thats why you need to hookup with you gas supplier they do it everyday, they will let you know the right way the first time .you can do this yourself
Iwould contact a licensed pro to do the work, im amost positive that codes would restrict you from doing the work yourself, and doing the work yourself may have an effect on your insurance policy if something goes wrong.you need to know the pressure required at the grill, the pressure at the meter........
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You will need a larger gas manifold (you need more natural gas to do the same work as propane) and a new regulator. Your local grilling store should have both for around $50. But running the gas line can be big bucks and your grill is not going to be as hot - I wouldn't do it.
Yes, you will need a gas fitter or gas technician to complete the hookup, because the gas line has been capped and you can be sure whether or not it's still an active line. In addition, you will also need (if you don't have it already) a 12' long, rubber, quick disconnect hose the runs from the pipe to the grill (this is a Code Requirement), as well as a gas line line shutoff valve on the end of that exposed pipe, as well as all the necessary pipe fittings.
Hope this helped you. Please let me know and Happy Grilling!!
Dennis, it's not the CFM you need to know, it's the water column inch that is required. In this case it's 7 inches. Also, if you're burying this 40' run, you can't use black iron pipe. A less labor intensive and perhaps less expensive way to go is 1/2" Flexible Copper Refrigerant Tubing. It's comes in 50' & 100 ' roles from your local home center. Even if you're not burying the line, it's a better way to go, as you'll have fewer fittings that could be prone to leaking. I
n addition, you'll also need and an inline gas shut off valve at the connection before the grill and a 12' long quick disconnect gas hose, that connects to the copper pipe connection at the shut off valve and then to the grill. This is a code requirement.
Now, with all this said, I hope you have a Genesis S-330 Natural Gas Grill. Because, the Genesis Propane Grills ARE NOT convertible to Natural Gas. And Genesis Natural Grills ARE NOT convertible to Propane.
Hope all this helped you make the right decisions. Have a great day and Happy Grilling!
If you have a high pressure 2lb LP Gas System feeding your house, you will need and inline regulator for you grill.
If you have Natural Gas, the grill will have to be converted to Natural Gas. You can do this by changing burner orifices. You can purchase them from Brinkman. That is, if Brinkman approves the change to Natural Gas. Some gas grills aren't convertible.
No.. the gas pressure that is run out to the grill should be low pressure allready...just hook it in leak test it and you are good to go....
My grill sits right by my meter about six feet away... I tee'd off at the meter installed a valve and then run right into the grill....works great!!
You have to install a conversion kit for it to work the way you want. The reason is because the orifice in either the valves or the main "jet" that feeds the burner tube has to be changed. Natural gas is really not as efficient as lp gas (propane) because it takes more natural gas to create the same btu output as propane.
In short, your grill will not work if you do not do the conversion. I am including a link that lists the conversion kit for your grill, you can order it there and you can download the assembly manual as well.
If the grill can be converted, it's usually a matter of providing a source for the natural gas and then changing the gas jets for the burner(s) and possibly a regulator, depending on your model. Some grills may require changing the gas burner valves themselves. Kits are usually available from a dealer unless the unit is old.
The natural gas jet will be slightly larger than the propane jet because natural gas doesn't have as high a heating value as propane.
If you do this, check your new conversion for any leaks using a soap solution in a spray bottle.
Just be aware that the grill may not get as hot with natural gas and cooking could take a little longer, but should still work just fine.
Your natural gas line should typically be about 1/2" unless it's huge or is over 50-60 feet away from the grill location. If so, use a 3/4" line. Piping material and methods are usually governed by your local building codes.
It's safe, but you need to keep in mind that propane burns hotter than natural gas, so you won't need to turn the burners up as high for the same heat. Here's an article that explains some of the differences (but doesn't really answer your question): http://bbq.about.com/od/gasgrills/a/aa030505a.htm
Bottom line -- it's safe if you don't leave it cranked up to high flame. Two-thirds flame on propane should give about the same heat as full burner on natural gas.
Of course, you could change the jets. That would compensate for all the differences between NG and propane, and you could run the grill on full high heat if you wanted to.