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Offline goschman

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Converting to natural gas
« on: September 13, 2017, 06:56:11 PM »
Help. I'm an idiot.

Pulled down a gas heater and will use the line to brew. From what I understand I should just need an orrifice for my burner and an extension hose from gas at the wall to the burner. Can anyone provide what they specifically did to convert?
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Re: Converting to natural gas
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2017, 07:19:09 AM »
Goschman, your post is kinda vague.  Are you saying you bought a burner for propane but want to use it for natural gas?  If so you need to provide a description of the burner to get the right advice.  I have drilled out an orifice to convert.

Not sure how many BTUs your burner has and how close to the pipe your burner is.  As a general matter, your hose should be no less than 1/2" ID for longer runs.  Your burner may have a narrower connection for which you can use a hose of 18" or less.

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Re: Converting to natural gas
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2017, 07:30:40 AM »
Let me add this further thought, propane out of the tank is maybe a 0.5 psi.  Natural gas out of a pipe is maybe 0.25 psi.  Therefore, converting a propane burner to natural gas will typically result in a much less powerful burner.

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Re: Converting to natural gas
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2017, 04:09:48 PM »
Let me add this further thought, propane out of the tank is maybe a 0.5 psi.  Natural gas out of a pipe is maybe 0.25 psi.  Therefore, converting a propane burner to natural gas will typically result in a much less powerful burner.

Got ya. I thought the point of the orrifice was the equalize the pressure. The burner came with one for natural gas but of course I can't find it. The connection at the wall it like six feet of or the ground which is why I need an extension hose. The short hose that I need to replace is pretty big. Like 3/4" ID.

At the end of the day I will give it a shot since the gas line is sitting there. If propane is better I can easily go back.
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Re: Converting to natural gas
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2017, 05:24:33 PM »
I would talk to a local gas supply company and bring photos so they know exactly what you need.

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Re: Converting to natural gas
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2017, 05:39:26 PM »
Thanks. After looking at an old brulosophy post looks like I am all set. Just need a conversion valve and a hose to the connection at the wall.
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