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Gas Hose Extensions
Dear Dr McGrillemup,
I live in Etobicoke, so luckily I have great weather year-round. I have the luxury to live by the water and enjoy a gorgeous backyard. I am now thinking of doing some mid-winter Feng Sui and re-decorating and would like to move my natural gas barbecue to the other side of my patio.
Trouble is, the hose that came with the bbq, that I originally bought at Barbecues Galore in Oakville, is too short to reach where I want the bbq to sit. My two questions are: Can I extend the hose and can your team at Barbecues Galore help me do this?
Mr. X. Tenshon
While you can add a longer hose to your existing barbecue, I don't recommend you trying to extend the existing hose as a handful of connections are required to do so and, when you have multiple connections involved in a gas line, the possibility of a leak is increased. So, you're better to get a new, longer hose.
Don't forget that with a natural gas patio heater, the pole of the heater itself will eat up about five feet of gas line so, if you want to have a hose that is ten feet away from the base of the heater, you actually require a fifteen foot hose.
Keep in mind that a natural gas barbecue will likely not work properly with a hose that is any longer than twenty feet in length. After twenty feet, the rubber hoses experience enough loss in pressure that the barbecue may not get enough fuel pressure. If, in your case, the desired location for your barbecue is over twenty feet away, you should have one of our licensed gas fitters come over to your house and extend your hard gas line to where you need it. That way, you can have multiple gas lines on your deck: like tentacles.
As for us, we are more than happy to help with and up-to-code extension. One of our licensed gas fitters can certainly come out and take a look. If you need more information on our services and why we are the best in the business - read here.
Enjoy that Ontario weather, here in Calgary we are working on winterizing our grills instead.