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How to Install a Propane-Fueled Stove

In this how-to video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey shows how to upgrade from an electric range to cooking with gas.

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

Steps for Installing a Propane 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.