Propane is a quite functional fuel when it comes to household supplies. It has secured its place in almost every household today, thanks to its versatility and ease of use. But one might think twice before going for it since it’s quite expensive as compared to natural gas. Well, we’ll tell you a secret. Even though it might seem costly, but the same quantity of propane produces almost double the amount of heat as compared to natural gas.
There are hardly any household appliances that do not work on propane. May it be a water heater, clothes dryer, stove or a gas grill. Oh yes, you read it right. Propane is an excellent fuel for your grill if you are planning a barbeque.
If you are having a problem fixing the propane supply to your gas grill, here’s a way how you will do it. Follow the subsequent steps to see where you are going wrong or read them all before starting, to do it in the right way.
Steps To Connect a Gas Grill To House Propane Supply.
Propane grill regulator replacement, If your propane grill has a regulator already attached to it, consider removing it. Because most of the time the hosepipe which is to be connected to the grill comes with a regulator already.
2. Remove the Protective Seal.
If the propane tank is new, remove the plastic seal which is perforated on the OPD valve of the tank. Wondering what an OPD valve is? Here’s the answer. OPD stands for ‘overfilling prevention device’. Its function is to prevent the over-filling of the tank. Also, it prevents the flow of gas from the main valve, (also known as the handwheel valve) when it is not connected to the hosepipe.
3. Attach the Hose to The Propane Supply
After you tear open the protective cover of the valve, it is time to connect the regulator attached hose to the propane tank. The bottle valve fittings may vary.
There are different varieties of propane tank connectors available in the market, choose the one that is perfect for your tank as well as the grill. The most common variety is the POL tank connector. You might want to refer to the user manual of the gas grill for the proper instructions on installation.
Also, the size and type of the connector might be mentioned in the manual. If not, you can ask any propane supplier for the correct fittings and attachments. You can use the readymade hose or can get it done by any local supplier.
Connect the hose to the bottle valve by pressing the connector in the valve and tighten it well. Use a wrench to make sure the fittings are tight.
4. Connect the Hose to The Gas Grill
Now it is time to connect the other end of the hose to the valve of the gas grill. Connect the hose to the shut-off valve of the gas grill and tighten the connections well using a wrench. Make sure that the plunger valve of the grill is turned off.
5. Testing of The Attachments
To ensure that the fittings are proper, you need to perform a soapy water test. Simply pour or spray the soapy water on the connections of the tank as well as the gas grill with the propane tank turned on. The needle valve of the grill is turned off at this point.
If the bubbles seem to appear then there is a leak, and the connections are not proper. Detach them and fix them again. Retest the connections and if the bubbles appear yet again, get the tank and other tools checked by a professional handler. Clean the apparatus after the testing is done.
6. Ignite the Grill.
Turn the bottle valve on, ignite the grill, check the controls of the grill and enjoy your meals!
Precautions To Be Taken:
Even though the connections seem easy, you need to make sure there is not any leakage from the tank since propane is an inflammable gas. Following precautions has to be taken while handling the propane supply.
- Install the propane tank as mentioned in the user manual.
- There is a rubber gasket inside the valve. Check for its shape. The normal one has a perfect circular shape. If the shape of the gasket has turned elliptical from round, go for a replacement. Also, see to it that the gasket is fitted properly into the valve.
- The next thing you need to look for crack in the gasket. If the gasket is damaged or not round, the gas may escape.
Here, we end our guide to connecting a gas grill to the house propane tank. Now you can enjoy your barbeque anytime and anywhere without worrying about running out of gas.