New To Propane? 3 Things You Should Know Before Hooking Your Gas Stove To Propane

Posted on: 4 November 2015

If your new home has propane instead of gas, you will have to make a few adjustments, especially if you're planning on using the natural gas stove you used at your former place. Since they are two very different types of fuels, propane and gas each have different qualities that must be considered before you make the change from gas to propane. Following are a few things you should know before hooking your gas stove up to your propane tank at your new place.

Gas Stoves Don't Work Well with Propane

The sizes of the connectors and orifices - found along the pathway that the fuel travels - on gas stoves are larger than those on propane stoves because natural gas has a lower pressure than propane. If you pump propane through these large connectors, the flame on your burners will be too large and might even be quite dangerous. A gas stove simply allows too much propane to go through the system when less fuel is needed.

You May be Able to Convert Your Stove

In the past, all gas stoves could be converted for propane gas fairly easy. Many homeowners even performed the task themselves. However, newer stoves are more difficult to convert. But that doesn't mean it's impossible to convert. Depending on the model of your stove, you may be able to convert it to burn propane gas efficiently by changing out or adjusting the following three parts: appliance regulator, burners and burner air shutter.

Since the cost for changing out these parts can escalate quickly, you may want to think about selling your stove and purchasing one that's specifically engineered for propane. It may be your least expensive option.

Propane Acts Differently than Gas

When using your new stove, it's good to remember that propane is heavier than gas and acts differently. If the pilot light went out on your stove at the old place, the natural gas that leaked would quickly dissipate into the air. Propane gas tends to hover, which means you may have to physically remove the gas fumes with a fan before attempting to light the pilot light again.

As you can see, there are several things you should consider when hooking your gas stove up to your propane tank. If you plan to convert your existing stove, it has to be done the right way or you could put your family in danger. For more information, contact Sunrise Cooperative Inc or a similar company.