When it comes to installing a gas line, most people think of indoor appliances. Furnaces, dryers, gas ranges, and so on can all enjoy natural gas's cost and efficiency benefits, but they aren't alone. Many people also use natural gas to fuel outdoor appliances, such as gas grills, pool heaters, or whole-house generators.

Running a gas line to an outdoor appliance is similar to indoor installation, but there are some critical differences. Before you hire a plumber to perform this work, keep these three considerations in mind.

1. You Might Need a Conversion Kit

Powering your grill with a natural gas connection can be a convenient and safe alternative to propane, but what if you already have a propane-powered grill? Fortunately, you can convert most propane grills to use natural gas. You may be able to buy a conversion kit from the original manufacturer or a third-party company.

Once you've completed your conversion, your installer will connect to the existing gas lines in your home and install an exterior stub-out. You can think of a stub-out as the natural gas equivalent to an exterior hose faucet. You'll then be able to connect your grill directly to the stub-out using a flexible natural gas hose approved for outdoor use.

2. Some Devices Require Separate Service Lines

Smaller appliances such as grills or fire pits can typically use your existing main service line. Your plumber will install a T-connection to bring gas from inside your home to the appliance. However, some devices, such as sizeable whole-house standby generators, may require separate high-pressure service lines.

If you're installing one of these units, you'll need to consider its placement relative to the gas meter. Your installer may also need to excavate a trench for the new line. Before proceeding, make sure you discuss any local code requirements with your plumber.

3. You Should Hire a Professional

Many jurisdictions require licensing for any gas line installer, and you'll often need an inspector to check the work after it's complete. Professionals know how to get the job done correctly, safely, and in compliance with all local building codes. Not only is an improperly installed gas line dangerous, but it can also be costly if the inspector finds a problem and forces you to redo your existing work.

Since exterior gas lines are exposed to the elements and may require trench work, it's best to leave these jobs to experts. The price you pay for their skill and experience will guarantee that you can enjoy your new gas appliance safely for many years to come.

For more information, contact a plumbing business and as about their gas line services.