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  1. #1
    Apprentice (new member)
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    Mar 2010

    Wink Adding Side Burner To BBQ

    I want to add a side burner to my beefeater BBQ. I have bought it, fitted it to the BBQ and am thinking about connecting the gas hoses, it looks straight forward, so I don't really want to get a gas plumber unless necessary.

    There were no instructions but it looks as if I need to disconnect the hose where it goes into the BBQ and then connect it to the side burner. Then connect the supplied short piece of hose from the other end of the side burner connector to the main BBQ gas feed connector.

    If that is correct is there anything special about connecting / disconnecitng braided gas cables to BBQs. When I change a gas bottle over or connect the car to fill with LPG there is nothing used to prevent leaks but they look brass to brass where as this will be brass from the cable connector to another metal. Do I need to use PTFE tape or something similar?

    Any advice appreciated.

  2. #2
    Old Chippy 6K
    Join Date
    Mar 2007


    Shouldn't need tape - just ensure they are tight. You can turn the gas on with the controls in off position and use some soapy water over the joins to see if anything is leaking.


    Secure All Joints And Leak Test
    Never use a naked flame to check for gas leaks. The gas leak testing procedure should be conducted every time a gas cylinder is refilled and reconnected to the appliance, or after any new gas connection is made.
    In a small container, mix up a solution of water and detergent or soap. Mix the solution well.
    For LPG make sure that the gas supply valve on the gas cylinder is turned on. For Natural Gas make sure that the gas shutoff valve is on.
    Make sure that the gas control valves on the appliance are all turned off.
    Using a brush or spray bottle apply the solution to the gas line and each joint in the gas line.
    Bubbling of the solution will indicate that there is a leak present. Re-tighten or re-seal any joints that are leaking. If a leak persists contact your distributor or the manufacturer for assistance.
    Advice from me on this forum is general and for guidance based on information given by the member posing the question. Not to be used in place of professional advice from people appropriately qualified in the relevant field. All structural work must be approved and constructed to the BCA or other relevant standards by suitably licensed persons. The person doing the work and reading my advice accepts responsibility for ensuring the work done accords with the applicable law.

  3. #3
    Apprentice (new member)
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    Mar 2010


    Thanks for the clear response Bloss, it was exactly what I was looking for.

    Now I can finish off the job and know that I have not done a bodged job.


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