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Old 03-26-2010, 06:31 PM   #16
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Be advised that you will need a permit to do this. When I started the project I spoke with an individual at the propane gas company concerning the gas hook-up and she said that it would be best if a plumber did it but it wasn't a requirement.

Regardless I did get a plumber to do the work. After the work was completed I called them again for the hook-up. Not only did they misquote the hook-up cost (originally about $250) but they advised that a permit WAS REQUIRED. As a result I had to get the plumber involved again to do this. (In my area, only a licensed plumber that is certified in working with gas can obtain a permit.)

Keep in mind he charges by the hour. The plumber then contacts the Building Inspector to bless the work. The Inspector advises that he will be there between 8 and 10AM and the plumber must be there to perform the pressure test. I have to pay for the permit and all associated costs with including the time he is waiting for the Inspector. The original work (which was exceptional with a custom built manifold permitting additional gas appliances such as dryer, fireplace, furnace) cost a bit over $500. The episode relating to the permit is about $275. The gas company has given me a new quote of $650 to install the gas line and gas tank. This is a bit high because I want the tank hidden behind my shed. They need to trench about 50'. There is also a permit required for that piece of work as well. When that is complete the initial gas delivery is made which will be about $150.

If I had it to do over again I would speak with several gas firms and make certain they understand exactly what needs to be done. Incredible as it seems some folks just don't understand what is being done so you may get a very low estimate. Also be aware of a la cart pricing. They've got more angles than a bank to get money out of you.

Make certain the quote from your plumber includes the cost of the permit and inspection.

No matter how you do it, it is going to cost a fair amount. If everything was done perfectly the first time I probably could have saved about $175 on the plumber. If I was willing to dig the trench myself I could have saved another $225. If I was willing to have the tanks a few inches from the house I could have saved an additional $130.

Also, in response to a previous entry, someone mentioned they did not like the gas range because it took too long to get something hot. That was one of my considerations since the output from propane is not as powerful as natural gas. (similar to the comparison of ethanol to gasoline). The range has 15k and 12.5k BTU burners.
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Old 03-26-2010, 08:08 PM   #17
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When we first did this, it was a simple matter of having the gas company send out an installer who did everything for a reasonable rate. You should get a better rate on the install if you use your gas supplier rather that an independant. We have propane. I have converted the dryer to propane, but had someone else do the new stove. That one was more complicated, or so it seemed at first. There were different sized orifaces for the different sized burners. Wto sets of orifaces, one set labeled a through f I think and the other set was color coded. And instructions for both.
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