Upgrading Your Propane Grill to Natural Gas: A Guide

As a professional HVAC contractor, we often hear from Nanaimo homeowners who are interested in upgrading their propane grill to a natural gas grill. Here’s a quick guide to get you started cookin’ with gas.

As summer approaches, many homeowners are looking to upgrade their outdoor grilling setup. One popular option is to convert an existing propane grill to natural gas. This allows you to enjoy all the benefits of natural gas grilling, without having to purchase a new grill.

First of all, upgrading from propane to gas is a smart choice. Natural gas grilling offers several advantages over propane grilling, including cost savings, convenience, and environmental benefits. You can learn more about the benefits on our natural gas BBQ lines page.

If you’re considering upgrading your propane grill to natural gas, here’s what you need to know:

You’ll Need a Natural Gas Supply

Okay, this one might be obvious, but it’s still worth pointing out. When you convert your propane grill to natural gas, you’re changing the fuel supply. While propane comes in portable canisters, natural gas is plumbed directly to the grill, so you’ll need 1) access to a natural gas supply, and 2) a pipe-fitter to make the connection for you.

If you’re in the Nanaimo area, West Temp can help you make that connection – just get in touch to book your installation.

Determine if Your Grill is Convertible

Once you’ve determined that you can get natural gas to your backyard, you’ll need to determine if your propane grill is convertible to natural gas. Not all propane grills can be converted, so you’ll need to check the owner’s manual or contact the manufacturer to find out.

If your grill is not convertible, you’ll need to purchase a new natural gas grill.

Purchase a Conversion Kit

Assuming your grill is convertible, the next step is to purchase a natural gas conversion kit. These kits are typically sold by the grill manufacturer or at home improvement stores. Be sure to choose a kit that is compatible with your grill model.

Shut Off the Gas Supply

Before starting any work, be sure to shut off the existing gas supply to the grill. This usually involves turning off the valve on the propane tank.

Remove the Propane Regulator and Burners

Next, remove the propane regulator and burners from the grill. Follow the instructions in your conversion kit carefully, as the exact steps will vary depending on your grill model.

Install the Natural Gas Regulator and Burners

Once the propane regulator and burners have been removed, it’s time to install the natural gas regulator and burners. Again, follow the instructions in your conversion kit carefully.

Check for Leaks

After installing the natural gas regulator and burners, it’s important to check for gas leaks. Apply a soapy water solution to all gas connections, and then turn on the gas supply. If you see bubbles forming, this indicates a leak, and the connection should be tightened or replaced.

Benefits of Upgrading to Natural Gas Grilling

Upgrading your propane grill to natural gas offers several benefits, including:

  • Cost savings: Natural gas is typically less expensive than propane, so you’ll save money in the long run.
  • Convenience: With a natural gas grill, you never have to worry about running out of propane in the middle of a barbecue.
  • Environmental benefits: Natural gas burns cleaner than propane, producing less air pollution and reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Improved grilling performance: Natural gas grills provide a consistent heat source, allowing you to cook your food evenly and achieve better results.
  • Increased safety: Eliminate the need for propane tanks, which can be hazardous if they leak or are mishandled.

Upgrading your propane grill to natural gas is a smart choice that offers numerous benefits. By following the steps above and hiring a professional to plumb your natural gas line to your grilling area, you can enjoy all the advantages of natural gas grilling without any worries.

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Start Cookin’ With Gas!

West Temp Heating & Cooling offers professional installation of natural gas BBQ lines for homeowners in Nanaimo, BC and the surrounding areas. Considering upgrading to natural gas? We’re here to help!