Gas Line BBQ

You will need an Edmonton plumber for a gas line bbq hookup.  Even though you can actually pull a gas permit and install the gas line for your bbq yourself this may not be the smartest thing in the world to do.  Afterall we are talking about natural gas is which a highly explosive fuel that can cause you many problems if don wrong.  Even when you do get an inspector to take a look at the job does not mean you are safe.

The plumber you hire in Edmonton should size the gas line in your house at the moment and size the gas line going to your bbq.  A gas line needs to be sized based on the load of the bbq as well as the load of the other fixtures in the house.  If for some reason your gas line is too small to handle the bbq then your plumber will have no choice but to go back to within two feet of the gas meter for the hookup.

Many bar-b-ques now can be almost as large as your furnace and almost always larger then your water heater.  When I say larger I am talking about the btu’s of the unit.  Most furnaces are around 90,000 BTU’s and water heaters are between 36,000 and 56,000 BTU’s depending on the size.  The BBQ’s that I have hooked up have been anywhere between 45,000 and 110,000 BTU’s.  That is a lot of cooking power!

Materials used to pipe a gas line to a BBQ can be type K copper tubing, black iron, plastic for underground, or a flexible gas line.  Any material that is used has a different load capacity than the other materials.  Your plumber will have a chart in his or her natural gas code book.  Except for the flexible gas line.  These charts are found in the spec books provided by the type of flexible line your plumber uses.

If you are running a gas line under ground you can use copper tubing or plastic under ground tubing with steel risers and a copper locating wire to find the location of the pipe in the future.

You will need a gas permit to get the gas line inspected after the work has been done.  Your plumber can do this here in Edmonton.

If you need a plumber or gas fitter for any reason at all please give me a call at 780-264-0878

and remember that you get what you pay for…



Kramer Plumbing and Radiant Heat

249 Grand Meadow Cres.

Edmonton, AB

T6L 1W9


2 thoughts on “Gas Line BBQ

  1. Hi,
    I would like to hook up my BBQ to a natural gas line. Unfortunately, we don’t see any BBQ or outdoor hook up. The metre is on the side exterior wall of our duplex and a couple of feet away from our deck. I have not yet looked under the deck to see if there’s any gas fitting/pipe we can hook up to. I called Edmonton 311 two weeks ago and they told me that ATCO will call me–needless to say, I haven’t heard from ATCO Gas. I called 311 again and they told me to apply for a natural gas permit. On the application it’s asking me for size and drawing etc, which I do not know. Am I supposed to get the permit or is a licensed gas fitter should? As well, how much does this type of job cost? Would it be cheaper or at least up to par with converting my natural gas BBQ to propane? As well, how long would it take for the permit to be approved and received, as well as the to get the job completed? Thanks.

  2. From my experience ATCO will come out if there is an emergency or problem of some kind, otherwise you need to call a gas fitter. I have run many gas lines down the side of a house to a deck for a BBQ. The gas line needs to be painted and there needs to be an air test to pass the inspection. The person that is doing the work is the person that pulls the permit. So, if you can do the work yourself you can pull the permit, otherwise you will need to hire a qualified gas fitter.
    Most of the jobs I have done like this cost about $700 plus GST. This includes the permit and all required material. But that price can be higher or lower depending on the distance and the side of the deck you want the BBQ on.
    Not all BBQ’s can be converted from natural gas to propane so I cannot say if it would be cheaper or not. There are other things to look at then just price. Once your gas line is completed you will never have to run to fill your tank again. You also will never have to replace your propane tank when it is too old to use, which I believe is every 5 years now.
    If you want you can give me a call at 780-264-0878 and we can discuss this further.

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