• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to install a propane-fueled stove.


    1. Call local propane supplier and have qualified technician install propane tank outside of home.
    2. Cover floor in front of range with cardboard.
    3. Slide range out from wall, unplug it and remove it.
    4. Bring new gas range into the kitchen.
    5. Measure lower, rear of new range to locate position of gas connection.
    6. Transfer measurement of gas connection on range to kitchen floor.
    7. Drill 1/4-inch-diameter pilot hole through floor and into basement.
    8. Check to ensure pilot hole is in correct location, then enlarge the hole with 1-inch-diameter spade bit.
    9. From inside basement, drill 1/4-inch-diameter pilot hole through house wall to propane tank location.
    10. Be sure pilot hole is in right spot, then enlarge it with 1-inch-diameter spade bit.
    11. Use an electric power drive and pipe cutter to cut 3/4-inch-diameter black steel pipe to length.
    12. Deburr the fresh-cut pipe ends with a pipe reamer.
    13. Use 3/4-inch diestock to cut threads onto pipe ends.
    14. Run 3/4-inch-diameter black steel pipe through basement from range position to propane tank.
    15. Apply gas-pipe joint compound to pipe threads, then join together the pipe sections using black steel fittings.
    16. Tighten each fitting using two pipe wrenches.
    17. Secure assembled pipe to overhead floor joists using pipe hangers.
    18. Extend gas pipe up through floor and into kitchen.
    19. Install a service valve to pipe end in kitchen.
    20. Spray paint gas pipe on outside of house with rust-preventative paint.
    21. Have propane technician perform a pressure test to ensure the propane tank isn’t leaking.
    22. Connect copper gas line to propane tank.
    23. Call local gas company to inspect installation and verify that there are no leaks.
    24. Install anti-tip bracket to wall behind range.
    25. Make gas connection to rear of range.
    26. Plug in the range’s power cord.
    27. Carefully slide the range into place, making sure it engages the anti-tip bracket.
    28. Remove cardboard sheets from kitchen floor.
    29. Perform leak test to ensure gas connections to range burners are sound.
    30. Turn on and test all the burners on the range.
    • 4 to 6 hours, depending on distance from the propane tank to the range
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      Requires experience in cutting, threading and assembling steel pipe
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      Tools List

      • 100-foot tape measure
        Tape measure
      • drill
        Cordless drill,
        used to bore holes in floor and walls for running gas pipe
      • Drill bit
        1/4-inch-diameter extended length twist-drill bit,
        used to drill pilot holes in walls and floors
      • spade bit
        1-inch-diameter extended length spade bit,
        for enlarging pilot holes for installation of gas pipe
      • pipe wrench
        Pipe wrenches,
        two required to tighten elbows, tees and other threaded fittings onto black steel pipe
      • pvc pipe cutter
        Power drive and steel pipe cutter with 3/4-inch die stock,
        used to cut pipe to length and for threading pipe ends
      • pipe reamer
        Pipe reamer,
        for deburring fresh-cut pipe ends
      • adjustable wrench
        Adjustable wrench,
        for connecting copper tubing to black steel pipe and to propane tank.

      Shopping List

      1. Propane tank
      professionally installed

      2. Gas range

      3. Cardboard sheets
      used to protect floor

      4. 3/4-inch-diameter black steel pipe and assorted fittings

      5. Machine oil
      for lubricating diestock when threading pipe

      6. Gas pipe joint compound
      for sealing threaded pipe connections 7. Pipe hangers
      used to secure pipe to floor joists in basement

      8. Rust-preventative spray paint
      for painting outdoor pipe sections

      9. Anti-tip bracket
      used to prevent stove from tipping forward (typically comes with new range)

      10. Appliance dolly
      used to move out old electric range, and move in new gas range.