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rosek
changing from electric stove to gas

I have a double utility home; i.e. gas water heater & furnace, everything else is electric. Is it a big trick to change my electric stove to a gas one? Kevin

sabo4545
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

It shouldn't be that big of a deal but you do need to get a licenced plumber to do the work, playing with gas in my opinion is not a do it yourself job. You'll probably have to run a new circuit too to plug the stove into to run the self ignition if the old circuit is 220.

Anonymous (not verified)
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Yeah, my folks did it. Like the previous reply: get a real gasfitter/plumber to run the gas line. Otherwise I don't think it's too big of a deal.

canuk
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

It will be costly and may affect any future remodeling ... but certainly can be done.

marsnapper
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

We just did this. There was a gas pipe, and a joint, in the attic just above the cooktop.

The first estimate we got for the plumbing was $5,000. We found someone to do it for $450, and it took him 4-1/2 hrs. to install and pressure/leak test. So I guess plumbers, in this the poorest big city in the U.S., make anywhere from $100 to $1,000 an hour.

I'm doing the electrical work, installing a grounded 110v outlet in place of the ungrounded 220v outlet. I didn't want to abandon a 30 amp breaker, so I put in a subpanel fed by the 30 amp breaker. I got two 15 amp branch circuits out of it. One goes to the cooktop outlet and the other I'm using for a different room.

clf1955
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I also have a gas water heater and furnace, but electric everything else in the kitchen. I did NOT "T" off the line in the attic. How would you get a 6-8 foot black pipe from the "T" down through the wall behind your stove. My water heater is in the garage, just outside the door connecting the garage to the kitchen. I replaced the nipple coming out of the wall to the water heater with a 3/4" CL nipple and placed a "T" right there. This will run gas to the WH and to the stove. It is legal to run "Black Pipe" OUTSIDE the walls. I decided to run it through a small pantry directly behind the stove. This way, you only have to make a small opening in the wall behind the stove and it can easily be patched and repaired. Make certain that you use plenty of yellow "tape" and cover ALL the threads. Also, tighten each section of black pipe as tight as you can. Go slowly and do it right the first time. You will need the appropriate valve and gas line for the end to connect to the stove. Also, most gas stoves are sold with the appliance regulator.
As for the electrical outlet, that is simple. After turning off the breaker, disconnect the wires from the fan/light in the hood. Install a junction box and run wiring back to the fan/light and a new set 3-4 feet inside the same wall as the gas line and install another junction box below the stove near where you believe the electrical cord from the new gas stove will be. (Usually on the right side) Install an electrical outlet WITH a ground in the junction box.Once that is done, flip on the breaker and test the outlet by plugging something in it, like a lamp. Also make sure the fan/light works as well.
To be sure, if this is your first project with gas, get a professional to do it. It should NOT cost more than $400-$500.
Lastly, when the project is complete, you can call the Gas Company and they will come out and test for leaks and calibrate or adjust the settings of the burners FOR FREE!

LookOver
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

You may be able to buy a pilot-lit range to avoid running a new 110 Volt circuit, but I would recommend (and your local codes may require) an electronic ignition.

Depending on your reasons to convert, bear in mind that you can choose a dual fuel range. This gives you the flexibilty of a gas cooktop, and the solid heating of an electric oven (not everyone subscribes to these benefits). You wouldn't have to run a new circuit, but the ranges tend to be more expensive than gas ranges alone. Most gas ranges allow manual lighting of the cooktop, and it is usually not safe to attempt to manually light a gas oven anyway. If you do buy a dual fuel, bear on mind that you will have to buy the pigtail that matches the 240/220V socket in your home (3 or 4 prong depending on the codes in effect when the socket was installed).

If you plan to use propane (bottled) gas, you will have to have the range converted, this usually requires a kit that may or may not be supplied with the range (it should be possible to order the conversion kit if not supplied). Do not expect the plumber to supply one, they are model-specific. Most cooking appliances can be converted with a kit, in a few cases conversion may not be possible, so, if you plan to use propane, check these details.

Theresa Regan
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

I suggest that you convert to gas stove.. It's much safer for me than an electric stove.. Plus it is more practical.. For example if you don't have electricity a gas stove can still be use while an electric stove cannot be because it uses electricity. Another reason for that is it is cheaper.

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ryanpotts
Re: changing from electric stove to gas
Theresa Regan wrote:

I suggest that you convert to gas stove.. It's much safer for me than an electric stove.. Plus it is more practical.. For example if you don't have electricity a gas stove can still be use while an electric stove cannot be because it uses electricity. Another reason for that is it is cheaper.

I not sure about the safe part because gas does explode you know. and about the convenience... well, that i could agree to. Better to have both.. keeping gas stoves as a back up or something
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elliot763
Re: changing from electric stove to gas

Keeping two kinds of stoves in the house would be kind of well, non practical don't you think?
he should use one of those gas tanks with a stove unit built in with the gas tank. you know, the kind used in picnics. That would be the more practical choice
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