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Ajk242



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22 16 10:20 am    Post subject: Converting!? Reply with quote

I am looking to purchase either a Blackstone or the Camp Chef Flat Top Grill. I am moving into a new home that already has a natural gas hookup on the back deck. Has anyone converted either of these that can provide some tips? I doesnt seem there any conversion kits manufactured for these specific models and i dont think it is as simple as just increasing the size of the ports on the jets.

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Smokin Mike
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 22 16 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a little digging for you and this is the gist of what I've found;

Note: This applies to the Blackstone unit and I'm assuming it would apply to Camp Chef as well.

The griddles use a high pressure LP burner. Natural Gas is a low pressure system, so a retrofit of the burners and regulator would have to occur.

By hard connecting to a natural gas system you lose one of the best features of the griddle and that is portability.

Any conversion voids the warranty.

The Installation Safety Precautions in the owners manual states: Use Griddle, as purchased, only with LP (propane) gas and the regulator/valve assembly supplied.


I saw where a couple of people have converted the unit by changing some fittings and drilling out orifices in the burner. IMO you put your destiny on your own hands at that point and it's not something I would do, but that's just me.

The good news is there are griddles out there factory ready for natural gas, but you probably won't like the price.

There is another option however; Instead of buying a dedicated griddle, use a griddle top on a gas grill. You can convert an LP gas grill to natural gas. You would have the best of both worlds, grill and griddle, by doing that.
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Ajk242



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24 16 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats an option I'm considering, I just like the concept of the blackstone and Camp Chef so much. Im almost completely opposed to purchasing a typical gas grill though as the burners and undercarraige rust out so quickly.

Anyone ever design a lid, as opposed to the covers available, to fit over these massive griddle tops to help with storage when not in use?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09 16 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second the idea of using the griddle on a converted gas grill. I am still using propane, so no gas conversion, but I bought a used grill expressly for the conversion to a griddle.

I already had the griddle, and all the used grills that it would fit were either way too high or way to far gone, so I had to trim a little on the one I bought, but it worked out great.

Flickr album link...
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09 16 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

dodis wrote:
Flickr album link...
https://flic.kr/s/aHskjpVcKY


dodis, That's a nice setup ya got there Very Happy
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