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Cooking with gas!

making bench big to fit in the new propane burner stove top unit

We made the Black Soldier Fly shelf long to accommodate a propane stove top.

Next up is to figure out how to match up the small connector to the big one on a regular tank of propane commonly sold at grocery stores around here.

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The fittings and hoses are available at Ace Hardware (and probably the big box stores as well). You need to know if the stove top was used with natural gas or propane. If the prior, the jets have to be converted over to burn propane with the clean blue flame we love.
Comment by Tom Thu Jul 31 20:03:26 2014

Be sure to install a pressure regulator!

The tank contains high pressure.

It needs to be regulated down to low pressure through a regulator!

The output fitting on the regulator will be the same size as the input fitting on your stove.

As the previous poster noted, be sure your stove is set up for propane (smaller orifice) than for natural gas.

Propane has much higher energy density than natural gas, the stove needs to be set up for propane.


Comment by Harry Thu Jul 31 22:08:56 2014

I forgot to add that the porch stove is a GREAT IDEA!!! I love the way your house is evolving.

Comment by Toom Fri Aug 1 07:44:58 2014

Mark, the comments are very true. Please google on how to? I am sure someone can walk you through the process, a simple regulator may just work for you. love, great to see Ben photo, tell him hey, mom roseanell

Comment by roseanell Fri Aug 1 09:43:43 2014

Make sure you buy a new regulator and especially new hoses! Regulators should be replaced every five years, and hoses every two years. The membrane in the regulator and the hose material will degrade over time.

There are different regulators for butane and propane; get the right one. And make sure it has its sealing ring.

Probably superfluous, but keep the bottle out of direct sunlight. I'm assuming you know how to check for leaks?

Comment by Roland_Smith Fri Aug 1 18:19:15 2014

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