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Natural Gas BBQ quick connect.... different size...

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Oct 6, 2004
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Natural Gas BBQ quick connect.... different size...

Picked up a new BBQ a few weeks ago at Home Depot (http://www.homedepot.ca/product/broil-m ... ill/928674). Just got back from vacation and decided to hook it all up.

Unfortunately, the hose they have on the BBQ doesn't fit into the quick connect fitting that is on my building terrace. The male piece coming from the BBQ is too big for the female piece that is on the wall. Anyone come across this or have a work around?

I was told that because the natural gas is flowing from a source providing LESS output than the BBQ required, I would need to go to the source and have the coupling changed. (If I had the opposite problem, I could reduce the flow of gas to the BBQ... but my BBQ needs MORE power than the connection allows).

Hopefully someone knows the solution - or else I'm gonna have a hell of a time returning this BBQ.
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Dec 27, 2007
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The standard size is 3/8 inch. Your new BBQ comes with 1/2". All that has to be done is the gas piping stripped back to the 1/2" run and put the new quick disconnect on


Call a licensed gas tech to be safe.
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bririp wrote:
Aug 5th, 2012 6:46 am
The standard size is 3/8 inch. Your new BBQ comes with 1/2". All that has to be done is the gas piping stripped back to the 1/2" run and put the new quick disconnect on


Call a licensed gas tech to be safe.
Don't listen to this. :facepalm: Go to HD, they sell a step down just for this purpose.
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Apr 24, 2007
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Yeah, a step-down is easiest. You could also replace the connector on the pipe. It's not the least bit difficult.

Do whatever works out to be cheaper.
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Oct 6, 2004
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Problem is, I'm not "stepping-down", I'd be "stepping up". If the pipe was 1/2" and the BBQ was 3/8", I could step down. But essentially I'm not powering the BBQ with enough.

HD couldn't find me any sort of adaptor or connection to make it work. The BBQ store told me I needed to go back to the source of the natural gas to fix it.

I went to Lowes and they just said for me to unscrew the 1/2" pipe from the BBQ and replace it with 3/8". I was hesitant but I asked them about their huge BBQ's and they said they all provide the 3/8" pipe for all.

I almost want to say the full power of the 1/2" hose is only needed if ALL the burners are on, including the side burner. I don't think I'd get to that stage anytime.

I unscrewed the 1/2" hose off the BBQ, connected the 3/8" one and it all fits. I'm now really hesitant to turn it on.
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sachit64 wrote:
Aug 6th, 2012 5:56 pm
Problem is, I'm not "stepping-down", I'd be "stepping up". If the pipe was 1/2" and the BBQ was 3/8", I could step down. But essentially I'm not powering the BBQ with enough.

HD couldn't find me any sort of adaptor or connection to make it work. The BBQ store told me I needed to go back to the source of the natural gas to fix it.

I went to Lowes and they just said for me to unscrew the 1/2" pipe from the BBQ and replace it with 3/8". I was hesitant but I asked them about their huge BBQ's and they said they all provide the 3/8" pipe for all.

I almost want to say the full power of the 1/2" hose is only needed if ALL the burners are on, including the side burner. I don't think I'd get to that stage anytime.

I unscrewed the 1/2" hose off the BBQ, connected the 3/8" one and it all fits. I'm now really hesitant to turn it on.
Get a spray bottle and fill it with soapy water. Turn on the gas, and spray the area you modified with the soapy solution. Feel free to soak it. if it's leaking any gas you'll see air bubbles forming. If nothing happens, you're good to go!
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Aug 22, 2009
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I had the exact same issue with my new BBQ and Terrace. Called these guys and they were great. Cost $150, but well worth it - they set it up, tested for leaks and showed me how the system worked.

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Nov 9, 2008
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Toronto
Just experienced the exact same issue as OP when we converted our BBQ from propane to NG last weekend (replaced the manifold etc). The quick connect was 3/8 and the line outside the house was 1/2. I picked up a 1/2 to 3/8 reducer from a local hardware store, wrapped the threadings in some thick teflon tape, and away I went. You do NOT need to pay someone to do this, it is idiot proof (hence the quick connect).

Do a soapy water test on the connections like jrees posted above.
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Aug 3, 2012
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jacquesstrap wrote:
Aug 20th, 2012 2:27 pm
....wrapped the threadings in some thick teflon tape, and away I went. You do NOT need to pay someone to do this, it is idiot proof (hence the quick connect).
Well if it is idiot proof, you would have known NOT TO USE teflon tape on natural gas pipe...... It is not a water hose.
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Aug 12, 2012
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We purchased something at Canadian Tire that allowed our BBQ to connect to the gas line. It was 65.00 and worked like a charm, just wish my hubby didn't leave our BBQ on overnight because he forgot he was "testing" it!!! :facepalm:
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homeowner72 wrote:
Sep 18th, 2012 4:12 pm
Well if it is idiot proof, you would have known NOT TO USE teflon tape on natural gas pipe...... It is not a water hose.
lol... and you believe this because...?

I believe code states that you may use teflon tape rated for gas pipe, but you should start winding it on the second valley of the thread...
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Feb 20, 2011
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jamie is correct, yellow teflon tape rated for gas is used in natural gas connections or u can also use "pipe dope" which we use more common on all connections
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Aug 3, 2012
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irishguy wrote:
Sep 18th, 2012 6:39 pm
jamie is correct, yellow teflon tape rated for gas is used in natural gas connections or u can also use "pipe dope" which we use more common on all connections
OK. Would have been good to mention that. I have never seen it used, but I have seen some approvals listed on the T-tape. Again, just for completeness. Before everyone runs out and buys the white T-tape.
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Oct 25, 2010
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I think the OP is worried that he'll be not getting enough gas to the BBQ....

Other than a general statement that I've never found a BBQ with enough heat (has anyone?) then I doubt you'll have an issue - certainly not one that would warrant re-running the line from the main.
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