As part of my routine home inspection of gas powered heating systems and appliances I like to first look over the fuel storage (LPG) or fuel source (natural gas) and supply lines all the way to the device's regulator, both visually and with a gas detector. Over the years I've seen it all, from small leaks in a threaded connection to larger leaks at the regulator.
Recently the State of N.H. has seen a number of serious home fires due to gas grills as well as one or to grill explosions. I once maintained a 240 unit condominium complex and repaired up to 17 fire damaged units per year due to improper gas grill use. The problem has become so great that the State of N.H. is contemplating making gas grill inspections part of the required components list for every NH home inspection. And so I have decided to write this blog about setting up a gas grill for the year. Remember, if the grill shows any issues refer to your owner's manual, company that made the grill or the place you bought it. You can always order in Chinese food tonight and grill safely tomorrow.
Here are a few tips that will cost very little time or money but will help ensure you have a safe and happy holiday season.