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Re: [Shop-talk] converting a propane heater to nat gas

Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] converting a propane heater to nat gas
From: Wayne <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:36:56 -0500
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On 12/17/2012 9:00 PM, John Niolon wrote:
> I have a Comfort Glow 26k btu wall mount radiant heater ( that has legs and is
> .. Checking with the mfg, they say NO CONVERSION  on this heater.  Not one to 
> be

Really?! I thought that was a DESA brand, and they went belly up a few 
years ago. Pretty sure they made the gas (LP) logs in my place. Maybe 
someone bought out the brand names -- oh well, not important.

There is usually some kinda brass orifice that meters the gas flow that 
can be swapped out. LP runs like 2 or 3 PSI, and natural gas about 0.25 
or 0.5, IIRC. (May be WAY off there, but the pressures are a bunch 
different.) I'd google the part or model number and see if you can find 
anyone selling parts for it. and are my 
first go-to sites for parts. There's a good chance the manufacturer 
originally sold conversion parts for it, and you can still buy them. May 
even be some carry over or interchangeability between brands.

Don't know of any other way to reliably convert. Unless you had some 
good specs and a way to precisely machine new orifice(s) for it (not 
totally unthinkable for this crowd.)

> Anybody see how this can blow up in my face ???

Uuhhmm... yeah. Pretty readily and literally!


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