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Old 09-08-2012, 03:42 PM   #1
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Black Plastic Pipe for Natural Gas?


Can I use Black Plastic Pipe to run Natural Gas to a patio heater?
Would soft copper be better?
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I had a Natural Gas BBQ pit that the gas company installed about 20 years ago. They used 3/8" black plastic pipe from the meter to the pit all under ground. I have not used it for a long time and want to install a gas heater but would like to use 1/2" instead.
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Please advise.
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I moved this to plumbing for you---A licensed plumber wil answer you---your location is needed because codes vary on exterior gas lines---

Black plastic? NO---
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Plastic pipe can only be used underground. Yellow polyethylene is what is used, although there is some orange PE in the ground here from years ago. Whatever you do use, make sure it is approved for gas in your area.
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Can I use Black Plastic Pipe to run Natural Gas to a patio heater?
Would soft copper be better?
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I had a Natural Gas BBQ pit that the gas company installed about 20 years ago. They used 3/8" black plastic pipe from the meter to the pit all under ground. I have not used it for a long time and want to install a gas heater but would like to use 1/2" instead.
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Please advise.
Thanks
NO....to answer your direct question....but as was mentioned local gas company should be notified as to there requirements for your install.....most small heaters can run on small copper tubing from a properly sized supply line..and its safer....
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Plastic pipe can only be used underground. Yellow polyethylene is what is used, although there is some orange PE in the ground here from years ago. Whatever you do use, make sure it is approved for gas in your area.
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Thanks for the reply. I live in the Houston, Tx. area.
So I can only use Yellow Plastic Pipe? Or would soft copper be better?
It will all be underground.

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Check with your local building inspector to determine what type of pipe and connection is approved for use in your situation. Also, many local authorities required a licensed professional to do all gas piping work and if your area requires a licensed professional and you do it yourself you put your insurance coverage at risk if anything happens down the road.

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Check with your local building inspector to determine what type of pipe and connection is approved for use in your situation. Also, many local authorities required a licensed professional to do all gas piping work and if your area requires a licensed professional and you do it yourself you put your insurance coverage at risk if anything happens down the road.
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I am aware of the the insurance issues. Just tring to plan on how
much this project is going to cost. I will check with the local authorities on what is required.
Thanks again for the reply.
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