The advantage of using propane grills is that you can easily disconnect the tank and bring it to where you want to make your grilling. There are different reasons why some people want to change their natural gas grill to propane gas grill. One of these is that propane gas grill provides more energy and heat for quicker cooking. Converting a natural gas grill to propane gas grill is easy and simple, but some city prohibits the conversion if you are not a professional. You should check first the coding of your appliances to make sure that the conversion is possible. Try these easy steps on how to convert a natural gas grill to a propane grill.
Step 1: Look at the manufacturer’s guide.
This is to know if your grill offers a conversion kit that could change your gas grill to propane as fuel source. Most of these manufacturers don’t offer conversion kits. To be sure, contact the manufacturer and ask them for a proper conversion kit.
Step 2: Remove the gas line.
If you are already sure that it could be converted, remove or disconnect the gas line from the natural gas grill using a wrench. Just make sure that it is capped or shut off.
Step 3: Remove the orifice fittings of the burners as well.
These are fittings which you can see at the end of the valve that has small holes drilled in the center. You will need larger orifices for propane gas grills because they produce more energy and pressure when burning than that of using natural gas grill.
Step 4: Use replacement orifices.
When the natural gas orifices are removed, replace it with adjustable or replacement orifices. Read the guide about orifice sizing or use a BTU before selecting or buying new orifices. Then look for the valve system on the grill and remove the hose.
Step 5: Replace the regulator.
Find the gas regulator from the grill, remove and replace it with the propane regulator that you purchased or from the conversion kit. You can purchase propane regulators from a local propane dealer. Replace the new propane hose and attach it back to the valve using a wrench and make sure it is attached correctly and tightly.
Step 6: Attach the OPD connector.
Do this step carefully to serve the OPD’s purpose. The overfill protector device will protect you from any accidental overfill of the connector that could cause fire.
Step 7: Tightly connect all parts.
All connections should be locked tightly. To check, spray soapy water on all connections and check if there are bubbles or listen to hissing. If these will appear, it means there are still leaks and you need to tighten the connections again.
If you were able to follow these easy procedures, then your grill is now successfully changed from natural gas to propane grill. Lots of natural gas grills sold in the market today are already ready for a propane conversion. They are either sold with a hose assembly or conversion kit, or you can order it through the manufacturer. If you cannot do it alone, ask somebody who knows how to do it because the manufacturer will not be responsible and you will be liable for any injuries or property damage that it might result into.