Can I Use Natural Gas in a Propane Grill?

bbq, grill, outdoor living

We bought a propane grill a year before selling our home, and only used it once. When we moved into our new home, the prior owners left their grill attached to a natural gas line.  It was old, but instead of using our new one, we used it. It worked great and I loved not having to worry about running out of propane.

After a few years of use, it started to rust.  We decided to get rid of it and hook up our propane grill which had been in our basement, unused, for 4 years.  Without thinking we hooked up this gas grill to the natural gas line.  It didnt work at first but then it started to work and then not work.  So I went to Home Depot and the guy there said exactly what you are all thinking now: “You cannot hook a propane gas grill to a natural gas grill.  You have to buy a converter. ” We looked in the manual to see if they have a converter for this brand and it didnt say anything about one.  I dont even think the company is still in business.  My husband did some research and decided to drill a bigger hole in the orifice.  We tried it and it worked for a little bit but would not stay lit.  Is there a way of fixing this problem or should I just count this as a lose and throw it in the garbage?  We paid almost $400 for this grill and I’d hate to throw it out and then find out there was a solution.

The Money Pit Answer

Its time for a new grill!  The guy at Home Depot was right - you can't use natural gas in a propane grill.  The size of the burners is different, as is the flow of gas.  Considering its age and the cost and hassle of converting it, I think you're best to chalk this one up to experience and buy a new natural gas grill.