How to Connect Your Natural-Gas Barbecue to Your Home's Natural Gas Line
If you connect your natural-gas barbecue to your gas line at home, you will never have to worry about running out of gas in the middle of a family cookout. To connect your barbecue to your home’s gas line, just follow these steps.
Warning: Natural gas barbecues and their fuel are highly combustible. Make sure you are familiar with your barbecue’s manual and dealing with natural-gas lines before proceeding. If you are not a licensed gas fitter, consult with a qualified professional to complete this job. In addition, look up the code restrictions for your area before completing this project, as there may be special instructions and laws.
Running the Tubes
From the main gas line, run the piping from a port in the main line, ending at a quick-connect coupling that should be located at your preferred location in your backyard, in a wall.
You can also have several couplings installed in case you may want to move the grill around, or if you want to have two natural-gas barbecues running at the same time.
Connecting the Grill
Step 1 – Turning off the Gas Valve
Before using the rubber hose, make sure that the gas valve for this particular port is shut off. This is extremely important so that gas is not in the air, which could combust. You can usually use a pipe wrench to do this.
Step 2 – Installing Hose to the Coupling
You can then install one end of the hose to the coupling in the wall. Make sure that the coupling/adapter is closed. Then, connect the other end to the grill.
Use the adjustable wrench as necessary to ensure the hose is installed tightly to avoid gas leaks.
Step 3 – Detecting Leaks
To detect natural-gas leaks, apply soapy water to the ends or any part of the hose you think there might be a leak. Then, turn the gas on and watch to see if bubbles appear on the applied areas. If there are, you have leaks. Turn the gas off and change the hose or make sure that both ends are screwed in tight. Do not use your grill until all leaks have been taken care of.