How To Run Natural Gas Line for Outdoor Grill 

The outdoor grilling session is fun but you need to be using the propane tanks for the purpose of adding fuel to the source. It is said that the propane tank can be difficult for some people to carry around and then fix at the grill. A more logical way to power your grill is to use the natural gas. This is easy to use and you can get the natural gas line for the outdoor grill very easily extended. We have the article here to try and help you out with the process. Take a look at the steps.

Determine Where To Tap

The service person is needed when you are extending your natural gas line. The person is going to come and determine the ideal place to tap the gas line at your home on the first visit. This plays a very important part in the entire process. This is going to be about finding a place that is as close as possible to your deck, patio, or other area where you will use your grill. There is a chance that for the sake of convenience they are going to pick an already existing T fitting so that the process becomes easier for everyone included. 

There is going to be some measurements that you need to take so that we can determine the amount of pipe and fitting that you are going to need in your case. Everyone comes up with a different requirement so it is important that one takes note of it. The pipe that is used is commonly known as black pipe which is a rigid steel pipe to prevent leaking. 

There are some areas where you need to get the permit in order to extend the gas line. This might take some days to go through. The service person is usually the one who will take care of all this. The only thing you have to do is wait. This is a wait that often happens for long periods. You can not start the work without the permit. 

Instal T-fitting

First the gas line will be shut off so that there are no accidents then they will put a T-fitting in place. This might be easy to listen or read but it is a complicated process. The person has to get the fittings and the length of the black pipe right so that this can adhere to the plans that has been made with the measurements. The tapping of the gas line can be a complicated process and you have to leave it up to the person. Well you have to leave everything to them but we are trying to explain the process to you so that you can properly understand what is going on.

The person is going to make sure that the fitting is perfect and that it is sealed properly with tape. Don't worry its not the common tape that we use but the professional tape that will allow the fitting to be perfect. He is also going to include a shut off valve so that you can shut off the valve when needed. 

Run The Lines To The Outdoor

Now there is going to be a pipe run which means that the connection is being brought to your grill or smoker. This is going to be a long process and it is going to take some time. The fitting has to be made perfect so the service person is going to take their time. Go and offer a refreshment to the working person and take a break once in a while. The work will be easier if your grill is close to the house. 

Install Gas Valve

Next the person will install a gas valve at the stub out point of the gas grill. This is an important part that is sometimes ignore by the people. Do make sure that the gas valve has been installed. It allows you to cut off the natural gas supply to your gas grill at any point of time. This is the best way to ensure your safety and the well being of everyone around you. No one wants an accident to happen. 

Have The Work Inspected

If your locality have the procedure of getting the work inspected once it's done then you need to get that through. The inspector will make sure that everything is in place and it is running smoothly. There might be problems that needs to be fixed. If there are no problems then you are good to go. You can also get an inspection if you personally want it, even if there is no local regulations about it. 

Convert The Grill

You might need to convert the grill to a natural gas grill if need be. Some grills come with the ability of using natural gas in the first place while the others need to be converted. This can be done with kits that are sold in the market for the purpose. You can also get a professional to do the job for you if you are not sure that you can do it. This can be done in a few hours and don't need a lot of time. 

Testing The Fittings

Now you need to test out the newly made gas line with the grill. Make sure that you test it out in a safe manner. The professional inspector should be checking this to make sure that there are no leaks anywhere. If everything is okay then you are good to go or you might need to contact the service person again. 


That's all that we have for now. We do hope that you found the article to be useful. Many people like their grills to operate on natural gas. If you already have the natural gas line in your home them it is easier to get it to the grill. If you intend to install a completely new one then you are going to need a lot of time for the process to be completed. That's all for now. Have a great day and take care of yourself!