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bjm123

11:12AM | 04/08/05
Member Since: 06/23/03
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
HOw to connect a natural gas grill to a existing 3/8 copper pipe gas line, new grill has a 3/8 quick connect fitting

kerr7300

02:49PM | 04/08/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
They make a new hose that connects to your bottle and the other end is 3/8 female flare.

Gas grill places carry these and I even found them online as well. The link was too long to get on here.

MistressEll

11:38AM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
It should be black pipe, and definately NOT soft or flexible copper!

kerr7300

01:39PM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
Check your local codes, for they vary from place to place. Some allow you to use soft copper with flare fittings, as with LP gas as long as it is painted yellow and marked with gas line labels.

MistressEll

03:20PM | 04/23/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
Really? on an outdoor BBQ Grill supplied from house supply? Natural Gas? making a metalic connection to the residental structure? Copper? Really? WOW! Where is this?

kerr7300

06:35AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
Yes, as stated by someone that knows the industry, soft type L or K is permitted if labeled.http://www.copper.org/copperhome/PHC/phc_plumbing_fuelgasdistributionsystems.html

Check this out and as stated, check with your local code as they can change from state, county or city standards.

MistressEll

06:43AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 01/30/05
361 lifetime posts
too many factors and risks like a nail puncture, crimp, crush, etc. Code standards are a bare minimum, and if your local allows this, it doesn't mean necessarily that it SHOULD be done. Frankly, the cost of black pipe is minimal compared to a problem with a Natural Gas Leak plus spark.

Good to know that in some areas this may be allowed, but I personally would never do this (soft copper), nor would I ever use the valves pictured on your link for shut offs for fuel gas, but that's me, I'd rather over-build to prevent the oft-encountered goof then save a few bucks per linear foot.

kerr7300

06:50AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
In more modern areas we use TracPipe, Wardflex, GasTite flexible gas supply manifold systems. They also can be punctured by nails if you don't use protection in those areas of concern. Nail plates and sleeving is used when going thru studs. I would never knock black steel, but when one knows what they are doing, it is much better and up to code. Thousands of gas fitters and master plumbers are using this everyday. That is ofcourse one is still living in the past.

kerr7300

06:56AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 04/01/05
47 lifetime posts
Here is an article on gas grills and natural gas

http://www.copper.org/about/pressreleases/2002/bbq7_16_02.html

erik peterson

08:01AM | 04/24/05
Member Since: 06/23/03
223 lifetime posts
I would personally never use plastic material and copper is against local codes in my area. I know many are installing plastic (particularly in new construction) but I dont trust the stuff....Natural gas to a BBQ is super-common. Black pipe has always been an "industry-standard" for natural-gas. Always check your local authority. Erik (living in the past, but safely.)
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