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
- Call local propane supplier and have qualified technician install propane tank outside of home.
- Cover floor in front of range with cardboard.
- Slide range out from wall, unplug it and remove it.
- Bring new gas range into the kitchen.
- Measure lower, rear of new range to locate position of gas connection.
- Transfer measurement of gas connection on range to kitchen floor.
- Drill 1/4-inch-diameter pilot hole through floor and into basement.
- Check to ensure pilot hole is in correct location, then enlarge the hole with 1-inch-diameter spade bit.
- From inside basement, drill 1/4-inch-diameter pilot hole through house wall to propane tank location.
- Be sure pilot hole is in right spot, then enlarge it with 1-inch-diameter spade bit.
- Use an electric power drive and pipe cutter to cut 3/4-inch-diameter black steel pipe to length.
- Deburr the fresh-cut pipe ends with a pipe reamer.
- Use 3/4-inch diestock to cut threads onto pipe ends.
- Run 3/4-inch-diameter black steel pipe through basement from range position to propane tank.
- Apply gas-pipe joint compound to pipe threads, then join together the pipe sections using black steel fittings.
- Tighten each fitting using two pipe wrenches.
- Secure assembled pipe to overhead floor joists using pipe hangers.
- Extend gas pipe up through floor and into kitchen.
- Install a service valve to pipe end in kitchen.
- Spray paint gas pipe on outside of house with rust-preventative paint.
- Have propane technician perform a pressure test to ensure the propane tank isn’t leaking.
- Connect copper gas line to propane tank.
- Call local gas company to inspect installation and verify that there are no leaks.
- Install anti-tip bracket to wall behind range.
- Make gas connection to rear of range.
- Plug in the range’s power cord.
- Carefully slide the range into place, making sure it engages the anti-tip bracket.
- Remove cardboard sheets from kitchen floor.
- Perform leak test to ensure gas connections to range burners are sound.
- Turn on and test all the burners on the range.
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