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    Default Another seeker of wisdom-nat gas to propane

    This is a discontinued Maytag cooktop. How hard is it going to be to convert it to natural gas? Just source a new regulator? Or do the burners need replacing? I'm in the parking lot of habitat restore thinking of taking a$70 chance. It has good cabin potential Thanks!

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    Default Re: Another seeker of wisdom-nat gas to propane

    There’s likely a conversion kit for it with a resized oriface.
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    Usually a kit to convert that has new orifices. Look it up by part cooktop number.


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    Found it. Looks like it only requires a new orifice. Which may….still be available and may….work. About $50.

    Not really feeling it as new propane cooktops are going for $350 or so.

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    The regulator and the orifices will be different. The orifices are going to be smaller with propane, and the regulators regulate more severe. This is because propane is under about double the pressure of ng.

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    I doubt that there would be a regulator for the stove conversion. There’s typically one regulator between the building and the propane tank and it should be located outside. This is especially important with propane as it is heavier than air and will likely not disperse from the home if vented out the regulator.
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    Was once told that Nat Gas at the house is only 3 - 4 lbs psi. True?
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    I think so. My old landlord would unscrew the natural gas stuff and replace things without turning off the gas. Pretty gentle. I don’t think it ever went badly for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bow View Post
    Was once told that Nat Gas at the house is only 3 - 4 lbs psi. True?
    Pretty sure it’s less than that. 1-2 psi, if I recall.
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    It's not really necessary to pay for new jets. Solder the existing one shut and drill the smaller hole.
    There are usually vendors able to supply the correct jet size cheaper if you don't want to DIY.

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    Default Re: Another seeker of wisdom-nat gas to propane

    Each burner will need a new orifice. The kit will be or all of them. If you already have propane, then you already have the correct regulator.
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    There are becoming illegal to install in California. Greenhouse gases and global warming and such.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post
    Pretty sure it’s less than that. 1-2 psi, if I recall.
    North american appliances are designed for 0,25 psi (there is actually a range for safe operation). Usually there is a regulator for the entire house stepping down the pressure to this from the mainline. Some appliances have their own regulators wich are only a safety measure against the house regulator malfunction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Found it. Looks like it only requires a new orifice. Which may….still be available and may….work. About $50.

    Not really feeling it as new propane cooktops are going for $350 or so.

    Thanks all.
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    Default Re: Another seeker of wisdom-nat gas to propane

    I have often found the other set of jets in a little holder screwed down near the burners once I open the top. I'd look for those at Habitat by opening the top. Then you're good to go with either gas no matter what it had before.

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    Clever. Will check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Hoppe View Post
    There are becoming illegal to install in California. Greenhouse gases and global warming and such.
    I don't think so...
    My neighbor just put a brand new one in her house, GE, automatic piezo start, I changed the nozzles from NG to LPG for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoeyawl View Post
    I don't think so...
    My neighbor just put a brand new one in her house, GE, automatic piezo start, I changed the nozzles from NG to LPG for her.
    Maybe not for long?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowolf View Post
    Pretty sure it’s less than that. 1-2 psi, if I recall.

    In the UK:-
    Gas mains and services on new housing sites must be sized so that they can deliver gas to homes at a pressure of approximately 25mbar in the quantities needed to supply all the gas appliances installed in the house. (25mbar = 0.363 psi)

    Gas mains in the united Kingdom fall into the following types:

    1. Intermediate pressure mains operating between 2 and 7 bar and constructed from either steel or polyethylene pipe. (25 psi to 100 psi)

    2.Medium pressure mains operating between 75mbar and 2bar and constructed from either steel, polyethylene, cast iron or ductile iron pipe. ( 11 psi to 25 psi)

    3.Low pressure mains operating at approximately 30mbar and up to pressuresof 75mbar and constructed of polyethylene, cast iron or ductile iron pipe.( 0.435 psi to 11 psi)

    From http://www.gasinfo.uk.com/distribution_page.htm
    Most of the ferrous piping is being replaced on a rolling basis by yellow polyethylene, a handy source for pipe clamps for lapstrake planking.
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