How to Convert Your Weber Grill to Natural Gas?

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Are the increasing fuel costs troubling you, and are you planning to convert your Weber grill to natural gas? Well, I must say, that’s a good idea, and fortunately, it isn’t too hard to make this conversion. 

To convert your Weber grill to natural gas grill, you first have to ensure that the model of grill you own is compatible with the conversion. Once you are sure of the acceptability, get a conversion kit and follow the step-by-step process I will explain later to complete the conversion. 

I have compiled a detailed guide for you, enlisting some of the things that might compel you to convert your Weber grill to natural gas. I will also provide you with instructions and warnings you must go through before moving to the primary conversion process. So, if you don’t want to regret your choice later on and do this the right way, keep on reading. 


Why Convert Your Weber Grill to Natural Gas? 

Before moving towards the main process, where I take you through the entire step-by-step guide you need to follow to convert from a Weber grill to natural gas grill, let me first take you through some things that might help you make up your final decision. 

  • Urban Fuel vs. Rural Fuel 

Though propane and natural gas are commonly found fuels that are responsible for almost all the house chores, natural gas is considered an urban fuel, while the former goes by the name of rural fuel. 

It’s because municipal gas companies supply natural gas while propane just sits around in the yard filled in a gas task. For propane gas, you have to get the cylinder filled with the gas as no company is responsible for delivering it to your home all around the clock. 

  • Cost 

Another advantage natural gas has over propane is its cost. As I mentioned earlier, one of the main things that compel users to convert from Weber grill to Natural gas is the affordability they get from natural gas. 

If you don’t know already, natural gas is one of the cheapest fuels you will find around, and its price is almost 1/3rd to that of propane gas. 

  • Oxygen Amount 

As the grill we are talking about here is used in homes for household cooking or grilling purposes, one thing you need to be mindful of, especially if you are grilling in an indoor setting, is the oxygen consumed by the whole process. 

If I compare natural gas with propane gas, the former generally burns relatively cleaner, meaning it needs less oxygen for combustion. If this is something you are concerned about (which you should be, technically), converting from a Weber propane gas grill to a natural gas grill is best for you. 

  • Environment Friendly 

Another slight edge natural gas has over propane gas: it needs no refining, unlike propane, making it a good option for the environment. You won’t have to worry about harming the environment through the grill you are using. 

  • Easy Access/ Supply 

This is one of the best things about natural gas and is among the top reasons for most people to convert from a Weber grill to natural gas. Unlike propane gas, you don’t have to get the tanks filled for natural gas. Instead, this gas can easily reach your home via gas pipelines. 


Things To Check Before Conversion 

Now that you have looked at some advantages of switching over to natural gas, this must have made you a lot more confident about your choice. Here I have listed some of the things you need to check before moving to the final conversion process. 

  • Check the Compatibility 

As I already mentioned above, the first thing you need to look out for before switching from propane gas on your Weber grill to natural gas is the compatibility of the grill. Before going through the entire hassle, ensure your grill model can run off natural gas efficiently. 

To do this, you can either go to the official website of the brand you got the grill from and see if the grill you have has compatible with natural gas or anything related to this mentioned anywhere. You can also consult the owner’s manual to ensure your grill can pull off the conversion. 

  • Get a Converter Kit 

Once you are sure that your grill can successfully work even when the fuel used is natural gas, move to the next step, i.e., get a gas converter kit.

Note: Check out this guide to learn more about gas converter kits. 

This step applies to you if you plan to make this conversion on your own and don’t want to seek professional help. 

Also, getting a conversion kit will help you tackle any problems your grill might encounter in the future so that it won’t be a waste of money. However, while making this purchase, invest only in the kit compatible with your grill model. 

I am stressing about this because, unlike common belief, not all kits are compatible with all grills. So, be extremely mindful while making this purchase. 

  • Seek Professional Advice 

No matter how confident you are about the conversion, it’s still worth asking for professional advice. As you are going to deal with natural gas here, which is pretty sensitive and hard to work with, it’s best to be sure of what you are doing. Also, having a chat with an expert will help you recognize all the risks awaiting you, and you can be sure of the dangers beforehand. 

It is also advisable to chat about this with a local plumbing inspector to ensure that making the switch on your own is legal. In case this isn’t legal in your area of residence, the local inspector might come up with a solution that’s workable for you. 

Once you tick all the checkboxes of the local plumbing inspector, you are all set to make the conversion now. 


Converting Weber Grill to Natural Gas 

Here is a step-by-step guide you need to follow to convert a Weber grill to natural gas: 

  1. Firstly, turn the knobs on the grill to switch them to the off position. 
  2. Turn off the LP tank and remove or disconnect it. 
  3. Now, open the lid on top of the grill and remove the cooking grates, warming rack, and flame tamers. Doing so will give you a clearer view of the burner tubes. 
  4. If the grill you use has some other carryover tubes, remove them. 
  5. Remove the hitch pins at the back and front of the burner tubes. 
  6. All the burner tubes will now disconnect from the gas valves just by a slight pull. 
  7. If you still find it hard to remove the tubes, check for all the connections and clips and ensure that you have taken them all off. 
  8. Open the conversion kit you got earlier and remove the orifice removal tool. Using this tool, removeorifices from the grill. 
  9. If you see that the orifices are supplied, screw them into the gas valves tightly. Be gentle if you don’t want to rip off the thread on the orifices. 
  10. Find the control knobs at the front of the grill for the burner and pull them off. 
  11. Loosen up the screws present under the knobs to remove the bezels and install new ones in place of them that come along with the conversion kit. 
  12. Replace all the burner tubes you removed earlier by following the reverse order of their removal, i.e., start by installing the one you removed last. 
  13. Ensure that all the portholes of the tubes are facing in an upward direction. 
  14. Now, position all the hitch pins and carryover tubes. If you fail to do so, there might be some problems with fixing burner tubes. Check the tubes, adjust them, and try again. 
  15. Find the LP regulator hose on the grill and remove it from the grill’s connection using a wrench. 
  16. Install the new natural gas hose in place of the LP regular hose. 
  17. Connect the other end of the NG hose and the NG outlet connection valve. 
  18. Once you are sure all the tubes and connections are tight and secure, turn on the gas valve. 
  19. To ensure no gap between the connections and the grill, use soapy water to cover them to check for any leakages. 
  20. If you find any leakage, turn off the gas valve and make all the adjustments properly. 
  21. Repeat the process till you see no bubbles using the soapy water. 
  22. Once you secure all the connections, turn on the gas valve, light the grill, and you are good to go. 

Here is a YouTube guide you can check out to learn more about “how to convert your Weber grill to natural gas.” 


Conclusion – How to Convert Your Weber Grill to Natural Gas?

In this guide, I have explored some advantages of converting the Weber grill to natural gas grill. I also took you through pre-conversion checks that will save you from mishaps and regrets after the conversion. 

Lastly, I provided you with a simple step-by-step method you can use to convert the Weber grill to natural gas grill. Hopefully, this write-up has made the whole conversion process a lot easier for you, and you won’t have to worry about spending a significant amount on fuel costs every month. 


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