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Electric to gas- Propane? help please?

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Aug 26, 2013, 08:21 AM
Electric to gas- Propane? help please?
HI, I am just wondering if it is possible to switch an electric stove to a gas hook up. I was told to just install a propane tank. How difficult is this? Or how expensive? I won't be doing it, but just wondering about any headaches with it. Thanks!
Aug 26, 2013, 09:01 AM
If you don't have natural gas available propane is a good alternative. You'll need a place to put the bulk tank that is accessible but not too visible. A plumber can run the line from the tank to the area behind your stove. How hard/expensive this will be depends on ease of access and overall distance from the tank location to the stove.

I assume you realize, though reading your post I'm not sure, you will need a new stove and one designed for or adaptable to propane.

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Aug 26, 2013, 05:03 PM
this is called a "forklift upgrade." locate and plumb in a propane house tank, take away the electric stove, bring in a gas one, and if it is not already equipped for propane (usually is not) the gas company will have to convert it with different aerators and possibly new nozzles.

you need a guide through the process if you are going to do this, permits for the gas installation, and I recommend contacting the bottlegas company if you are going through this for their estimate and advice on what converts best.

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Aug 26, 2013, 10:56 PM
Thank you both for the advice! the stove I have now is gas,,the one I want removed is electric...I don't like electric,,the whole house I am moving to is natural gas avail, so yes propane is my only option..but if it will be too expensive, then electric it is.. Roll Eyes Thats ok,,I'll figure something out..Thanks again!
Aug 26, 2013, 11:40 PM
Prices will vary all around so a few local phone calls could give you a realistic budget. In most cases, propane tanks are rented but there may be provisions for buying. Buying, of course would be a much higher up-front cost. And of course, that first fill-up of a 500 gallon tank at $2.50 to $3.00 a gallon will be staggering. However, if all you will be using gas for is the stove, then you may get by with two smaller tanks - 50 pounds each.

Also, if your current gas stove is set up for natural gas, you'll need to change out the jets to handle propane.