How to Run a Propane Gas Line to a Fireplace?

If you are considering installing a propane gas line in your home, there are several things that you should consider before getting started. Propane tanks should be inspected before each use, and you should schedule a propane delivery on a regular basis. Also, check the fireplace vent regularly to make sure it’s not clogged or leaking so that you don’t risk carbon monoxide buildup. 

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Natural gas 

Installing a gas line in a fireplace is a common task. This type of gas can be used for a variety of appliances, including gas fireplaces. The process of installing a gas line starts at a meter outside the home. The line then connects to each appliance. There are two types of gas lines – the main line, which supplies fuel to the house, and the service line, which extends out to the street. 

First, homeowners must measure the distance between the existing home gas line and the fireplace. They can either use an existing gas line or install a new one. When choosing the route, homeowners should take care to avoid sharp bends, as they can kink the pipe and slow the flow of gas. They should also make a list of the lengths and fittings they will need. Finally, they should check municipal building codes. 

Underground flex line 

There are two ways to run a gas line to your fireplace. You can use a traditional buried gas line or an underground flex line. The former will cost more, but is durable and safer. You will need a certified gas technician to install an underground gas line. 

Usually, an underground flex line is made of polyethylene or copper. It comes in many sizes, making it ideal for installing propane gas lines underground. But you should note that it’s not recommended to use dielectric piping, because it will increase lightning hazards. 

Wood-burning fireplaces 

Propane gas is an alternative fuel source for wood-burning fireplaces. While it does not have the same drawbacks as natural gas, propane fireplaces produce more soot than wood-burning fireplaces do. This is because the fuel burns at a higher temperature than wood, which damages the internal components and lining of the fireplace. 

To connect a propane gas line to a wood-burning fireplace, first you must find a suitable spot for the new pipe. This can be in the basement or crawl space. After finding the proper location, you must connect the gas pipe to the fireplace’s gas valve using a T-fitting. Once this is done, you must apply plumbers tape to the threads of the brass fitting, and then tighten it using a pipe wrench.