Best Propane Conversion Kit for your Grill
Converting propane to natural gas for any gas grill is definitely worth the time and cost. But which is the right propane conversion kit for your grill?
Gas grilling is a great hobby. It’s so easy and convenient to go outside to your grill – take off the grill cover and pronto – the grill is ignited.
No leftover charcoal ashes to clean up first. No need to find a bag of charcoal, No need to empty the charcoal briquettes into the grill and light.
However, most gas grills sold today are equipped to use bottled propane gas that comes in a refillable container. So in order to ensure that you don’t run out of propane gas while you are cooking, you must have a spare container of propane gas.
If the first container should happen to run low while you’re cooking, you can quickly replace the empty container with the full one and continue grilling.
Murphy’s Law holds while grilling – expect the propane container to empty while you are in the middle of cooking those great ribs. Panic! And it will happen.
How do you eliminate the problem of running out of propane while grilling?
Convert your propane grill to natural gas and have a continuous flow and endless supply of natural gas.
Common Questions before you buy a Propane Conversion Kit
- What’s the difference between propane conversion kits?
- What must I do to install a propane conversion kit?
- Why won’t my grill work on natural gas, can it be converted?
We will now answer all of those questions and explain how to convert propane to natural gas on your grill. But before you convert propane to natural gas, you will need to have a accessible source of natural gas for your gas grill with a quick disconnect connector.
What’s the difference between propane conversion kits?
First, how to choose between the different propane conversion kits?
When looking to convert your propane grill to natural gas, you want to find and make a note of your grill’s model number. If you can’t find it, at least take note of the company that made your grill.
For example, if you have a Weber Grill, you want to get a “Weber Grill Conversion Kit“. These can be found here on Amazon and shipped directly to your house.
Some propane grills can be converted to natural gas just fine with any universal conversion kit.
Propane is stored in a container under much pressure. Therefore the orifices that control the gas flow in your grill have a smaller opening. The smaller orifice allows the proper flow of natural gas to escape to the burner and ignite.
If you connect a gas grill fitted with propane orifices to a natural gas supply, the pressure in the natural gas line is much less and an insufficient amount of natural gas would escape the orifice. Not enough to ignite properly. There needs to be a larger orifice for sufficient natural gas to escape to the burner to ignite properly.
Most gas grill manufacturers will offer a natural gas orifice for your model grill.
The difficulty of changing from propane to natural gas orifices depends upon your grill. Some gas grills have easier access to the orifices than others. Usually detailed directions will be provided with the new orifices.
After the propane to natural gas orifices are installed but before you reassemble the rest of the grill, you will want to test all of your connections for any leaks. To do this test, do not light any burners.
Make sure all of the burner orifices are closed or in the shut off position. Connect your gas supply hose to the natural gas connection. Turn on the natural gas. Using soapy water around each connection, see if any gas bubbles appear at any of the connections.
If you detect a leak – shut off the natural gas, Repair the connection and repeat the test. Once you determine that there are no leaks, finish reassembling the gas grill.
Congratulations! You will never run out of a supply of gas while cooking again.
Why Natural Gas Grills are Better than Propane
Gas grills come in two major categories:
Propane comes in a tank and is usually stored underneath. Natural gas requires a connection to the area’s supplier. This is usually provided through a quick disconnect hose connection on your grill to the outlet supply location. Most grills will only work with either propane or natural depending upon the orifices on the burner jets.
Some expensive models will come with an adjustable orifice and will work with both. However, these adjustable orifice gas grills are not the norm but the exception most manufacturers offer replacement orifices that will convert from propane to natural or vice versa. Click on this link for more information on converting a gas grill from propane to natural gas.
The reason for different orifices for propane and natural gas is that propane is stored in a container tank under much higher pressure than natural gas. Since propane is under more pressure, it needs a smaller orifice on the burner jet for a proper flow. Natural gas is under much less pressure and requires a larger orifice to obtain the proper flow for heating.
Regardless of the type of grill, you want to have a clear blue flame with little or no yellow. These grills are great for quickly prepared meals such as grilled meat, fish or vegetables. The best features are:
- Quick Set Up For Use
- Easily Maintained Constant Temperature
- Year Round Use
- Ease of Use
Barbecue grills are usually constructed of cast iron, cast aluminum, stainless steel or sheet metal. For durability cast iron or aluminum will last the longest. However, many newer models are being constructed of stainless steel. Most grills come with two, three or four burners.
The more elaborate models will have an extra burner located on the side. Choose one that has sufficient cooking area for the size of the meals you will be making. You cannot have too much cooking area but you can have too little. Many models will have a tray in the burner area to place wood chips. This will allow the aroma of the wood to penetrate the cooking meat.