Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could hook up a standard sized, 20 pound propane tank up to your table top grill? You could ave so much time, effort and money with this simple change. Summers would be so much more fun, small cookouts would be amazing, and you might actually have enough propane to last through more than two meals.
The truth is that you can make it to where your counter top grill is able to accept a 20 pound tank, you just need some special equipment in order to make this transition possible. Make sure to follow the directions here completely. No matter how tempting it may seem, duct tape should not be involved in this DIY project.
Inspecting Your Counter Top Grill
The first thing that you must do is inspect your counter top grill to ensure that the attachment for the propane tank is in good condition. Make sure that the bottom of your grill is in good condition, the lid still fits snugly, and all of the fittings feed lines, and propane valves are in good condition. If any of these parts seem rusted, you can simply take them apart and paint them with a heat resistant paint, or you can replace the part all together. Since individual parts on a propane grill are fairly inexpensive and can be readily found online and at your local hardware store, bringing your grill back to perfect condition should be very affordable, which is good because it is a necessary step in converting your counter top grill from accepting a 1 pound propane bottle to a 20 pound propane tank.
What you will need:
- Gas regulator
- 8 foot gas pipe
- 2 gas pipe fittings, ensure that you get the proper size to attach to the adapter and another that is the proper size to attach to your 20 pound propane tank.
- 20 pound propane tank
If it has a lot of rust on it, sand the area lightly to smooth it and remove the rust. Wipe the attachment with a damp rag to remove the dust. Make sure that all of the feed lines are in proper working order.
Once you have cleaned up the gas fitting, measure the end of the fitting where the gas canister typically screws onto. Keep in mind that even though you have measured this fitting, you should still bring the 1 gallon propane tank with you to the hardware store.
Methods of Adapting the counter top grill
There are two methods of adapting your counter top propane grill so that it can accept a 20 gallon tank instead of a one gallon tank. However, we will only outline one of these methods here because it is the only method that is guaranteed safe. The second method is very risky and can easily cause your counter top grill to explode without notice.
Adapting Your Counter Top Grill
The first method is to purchase a reducer. One end of this reducer should easily screw onto the intake fitting on your counter top grill, and the other end should be able to screw onto a regulator valve, which is required to ensure that you do not blow up the grill when you light it. This is because the propane from a 20 pound tank comes out a lot faster than the propane from a 1 pound propane cylinder. once the regulator is installed, you can then install a gas line that is up to 8 feet long. This line will attach to the propane tank on one end and the regulator on the other.
Even though it is still considered a counter top grill, you should never use it indoors. Since it is connected to a larger tank, it will emit more carbon monoxide and harmful chemicals into the air. Using the grill indoors could cause a wide variety of medical conditions, including the loss of consciousness and possible death.
You can however safely use your grill outside, and since it is a counter top grill, you can use it practically anywhere. Since it is portable, and can now run off of a 20 pound or larger tank, it is perfect for road trips.
It can also save you a small fortune since eating out while you are on a road trip can add up quickly. With your new convenience, you can simply pack an ice chest with groceries. You can stop at any rest stop or park and cook your meals.