Converting a deep fryer to propane, is a question we see a lot during this time of year, when everyone is thinking about mobilizing their restaurant equipment for fair season. So we thought we would offer up some friendly advice.
Propane has more energy per cubic foot than Natural Gas, in fact it has about 2.44 times more energy per Cu. Ft. Using a fryer that is set-up for Natural Gas with Propane gas is very dangerous and should not be attempted. To better understand the significant difference between Propane and Natural Ga, please visit Propane 101.
Disclaimer: We highly recommend you consult a professional technician when attempting to convert any equipment over from natural gas to propane, or the other way around. Contact your local restaurant licensed, qualified restaurant equipment technician.
There are three items that need to be changed when converting a fryer:
1) burner orifices.
2) gas valve regulator.
3) pilot orifice.
A few manufacturers like Frymaster and Pitco provide a “kit” with all of the required items. Most manufactures require you to purchase all of the items separately.
If you have a popular Pitco Model 14 and you are converting from Natural Gas to LP then you would use kit B751008. (Note: If you have any letters after your 14 model, it may require different kit. Please call us at 866-585-6978 to make sure you order the correct kit.)
If you have a common American Range model AF-45 and you are converting from Natural Gas to LP you would need to buy separate items: Valve Conversion (RSW), Burner Orifices (3 or 4), depending on your BTU’s) and a Pilot Orifice.
Changing the parts is not all that difficult. Ensuring the proper gas pressure requires some special equipment and knowledge that most people do not have, so we do recommend consulting a restaurant equipment professional.
If you are planning on doing this type of conversion, feel free to give the sales guys over at Western Equipment Sales a call at 866-585-6978, and they can help you get the right parts for the job.