What to Know About Propane Bottle and Grill Regulators
Low BTU Regulators
A low BTU regulator is not the same as a low pressure regulator. While bottle regulators do in fact work with lower propane pressures, the design is ideal to work with low BTU appliances such as gas grills and outdoor propane patio heaters.
Generally, low BTU bottle regulators deliver 11″ water column to appliances of less than 100,000 BTU/hr. Although delivery pressure is the same (11″ WC) as that of household appliances in a residential LP Gas system, avoid using bottle regulators. Using low BTU bottle regulators or single stage regulators in a fixed piping system is also illegal and unsafe. Low BTU and bottle regulators are for cylinder applications and the design is not able to withstand the inlet pressures of a bulk propane tank. Also, they are not ideal to deliver appliance pressure in a residential “whole house” piping system.
Propane Grill and Bottle Regulator Safety
Regulators for gas grills incorporate a vent into the unit. Similar to any other LP Gas regulator, the vent requires protection from debris and blockage. This includes making sure that the vent points down. If the grill regulator is improperly positioned, it is susceptible to grease entering the regulator through the vent. This can result in serious internal damage to the regulator, which can cause an extremely unsafe situation.
Therefore, make sure that the vent points down vertically before turning your grill on. Malfunctioning bottle regulators can result in excessively high and orange colored flames, or they can freeze up allowing no gas to enter the burner.
These are just the basics of what to know about propane bottle and grill regulators. Contact us with the link below for more information on propane safety!