If you have a propane fire pit and would like to convert it to use natural gas instead, this article will show you How to Convert Propane fire pit to Natural Gas. The process is relatively simple, but there are a few things you need to know before getting started. So read on for all the information you need to make the switch.
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The Parts You’ll Need
You’re going to need a few things in order to complete this project, but don’t worry – they’re all easy to find. You have two options for the material that you will use on the gas line: ¼ inch flexible copper or aluminum tubing or black iron pipe. The material is inflexible, so it’s up to you which one you choose. You will also need the following items:
- Propane to Natural Gas Converter Kit
- A pipe cutter
- A hacksaw
- Pipe thread sealant
- A drill with a ¼ inch bit
- A Teflon tape
How to convert propane fire pit to natural gas
Now that you have all of the necessary materials, it’s time to get started on the conversion. First, you need to determine where the gas line will run. It’s best to have a professional do this for you, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can try it yourself. Just make sure you know what you’re doing and be very careful.
Once you have the line located, you will need to cut a hole in the side of your fire pit that is large enough for the tubing to fit through. If you’re using copper or aluminum tubing, you will need to use a pipe cutter to do this. If you’re using black iron pipe, you will need to use a hacksaw. Once the hole is cut, use a drill with a ¼ inch bit to drill a hole in the bottom of the fire pit for the gas line to exit.
Now that the hole is cut, it’s time to install the converter kit. This kit will allow you to change from propane to natural gas. First, screw the input fitting on the top of the propane tank. Use a wrench to tighten it as much as you can on your own and then use pliers to finish tightening it just a little more. Next, slide on the connector cap and then attach the elbow fitting with two wrenches until it is hand tight. Then, attach the flare nut to the fitting on the elbow and use a wrench to tighten it.
Now that the fittings are all in place, it’s time to install the tubing. Slide one end of the tubing over the fitting on the elbow and then use a wrench to tighten it. Do not over tighten it, or you could damage the tubing. Next, cut the tubing to the desired length with a pipe cutter or hacksaw. You will need to leave enough room on each end of the tubing to attach the fittings. Once it is cut, use a drill with a ¼ inch bit to drill a hole in each end of the tubing.
Now it’s time to attach the fittings. Slide one end of the tubing over the fitting on the elbow and then use a wrench to tighten it. Do not over tighten it, or you could damage the tubing. Next, cut the tubing to the desired length with a pipe cutter or hacksaw. You will need to leave enough room on each end of the tubing to attach the fittings. Once it is cut, use a drill with a ¼ inch bit to drill a hole in each end of the tubing.
Now that the tubing is installed, it’s time to add the gas. Turn off the main valve on your propane tank and then unscrew the cap on the top of the tank. Start by adding a small amount of pipe thread sealant to the threads on the propane tank and then screw on the cap until it is hand tight.
Next, attach the regulator to the top of your propane bottle using pliers on each connection point – do not tighten them with a wrench. Then, attach the input fitting to the regulator using a wrench. Finally, tighten the connector cap with a wrench.
Now that everything is in place, it’s time to turn on the gas. Open the main valve on your propane tank and then open the valve on the bottom of your fire pit. You should now have a natural gas fire pit! Be sure to keep the fire pit away from anything that could catch on fire to avoid damaging anything.
Tips and instructions
- 1. Determine what type of natural gas conversion kit your fire pit requires. There are two types: threaded and slip-on.
- 2. If you have a threaded conversion kit, remove the old propane regulator and screw on the new one.
- 3. If you have a slip-on conversion kit, remove the old propane tank and slip the new one on in its place.
- 4. Make sure your natural gas supply is turned on and open the valve on the conversion kit.
FAQs about How to convert propane fire pit to natural gas
Q: Can I use my fire pit with natural gas year-round?
A: Yes, you can. However, you may need to adjust the flame height depending on the temperature. In colder weather, you will want to have a higher flame so the heat can properly distribute.
Q: How do I know if I have a threaded or slip-on natural gas conversion kit?
A: This will depend on the size of your propane tank. If your tank is large (above 2.0 gallons), you may have a threaded system. If it is smaller than this, you will most likely have a slip-on system.
Q: How do I use my new natural gas conversion kit?
A: Make sure your main supply valve is open and begin by screwing on the regulator. Turn it clockwise until it will not go any further. Your fire pit should be turned off at this point. Open the tank valve and turn on the fire pit to make sure there are no leaks or safety hazards. If everything is okay, you can now enjoy your fire pit with natural gas!
Q: Will I need to purchase a new natural gas hose?
A: No. Your old propane gas hose can generally be used with the valve and regulator from the natural gas kit, but we encourage you to check your owner’s manual for further instructions.
Q: Where can I find replacement parts for my fire pit?
A: The manufacturer of your fire pit will have parts readily available. If you do not feel comfortable fixing your fire pit yourself, see if the seller from whom you purchased it is an authorized dealer and they may be able to help you with replacement parts or repairs.
Q: How do I clean my natural gas conversion kit?
A: Most kits are very easy to disassemble and clean. Remove the regulator, flame adjuster, screen tray, or logs. You may need to remove the frame depending on your model. Use a soft brush to clean all of the parts and then reassemble. Ensure that everything is tight before use.
Converting your propane fire pit to natural gas is an easy process that can be completed in just a few minutes. All you need is the right conversion kit and some basic tools. Be sure to read all of the instructions carefully before beginning and follow any safety precautions. Enjoy your new, safe, and eco-friendly fire pit!