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Post Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:13 pm
CaCook medium-well
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Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Hey guys I am at this house now that has a pipe sticking out of the stucco in the backyard and it has a cap on it.

I would like to hook up either a fire pit or a natural gas grill to it.

Is it as simple as shutting off the main valve and using a pipe wrench to hold the pipe remove the cap, and install my new gas appliance fitting to it. Use pipe dope, spray bottle soap and check for leaks?

I have done water plumbing not gas, so the iron pipes are a little new to me..

As far as tools, I just need a pipe wrench and a proper wrench for the cap, right?
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Post Tue Nov 19, 2013 12:16 am
Trollby well done
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Location: MadCity, WI

Not sure in your location but some areas require a cutoff valve outside too, not just inside.

Also depending on location you may need fire protection on the building in the area of the line.

I would check local code to be sure of rules.

But yes running gas line is easy with black pipe, easier than copper soldering.

Post Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:30 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Location: Stoughton, WI
A weather-resistant valve between the grill/firepit and the building would be a good idea, even if it's not required by code. If something does go wrong the extra time it takes to get to the inside valve might make a big difference, and not in a good way.

Post Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:27 pm
CharredGriller User avatar
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Location: Central Alberta, Canada
CaCook wrote:
Hey guys I am at this house now that has a pipe sticking out of the stucco in the backyard and it has a cap on it.

I would like to hook up either a fire pit or a natural gas grill to it.

Is it as simple as shutting off the main valve and using a pipe wrench to hold the pipe remove the cap, and install my new gas appliance fitting to it. Use pipe dope, spray bottle soap and check for leaks?

I have done water plumbing not gas, so the iron pipes are a little new to me..

As far as tools, I just need a pipe wrench and a proper wrench for the cap, right?


Gas line work isn't DIY work by any stretch of the imagination. You need to hire a professional here. There's still a crater in one of my neighbor's backyard that attests to this fact.
Unlike propane, you'll never wake up scorched and naked in another county because you mishandled a bag of briquettes.


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