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Hi! I live in an off-the-grid tiny house in the middle of the woods. I have been cooking on a camp stove, but was recently given a gas stove/oven by a friend. My house is not exactly a place I can hook up natural gas to, but I have heard of people running gas stoves on 20-lb propane tanks. I've been trying to find info on how to do it, but so far I haven't found anything that has made me feel ready to take it on. Has anyone done this, or does anyone have any advice? Thanks!
 
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Most gas stoves can be converted from natural gas to propane simply by change the gas orifice. I say 'most" because I've heard of some brands where the orifice cannot be changed. But the majority can.

A appliance repair service should be able to match up your stove with the correct parts to sell you. You'll need the make and model to match up the correct orifice. Most parts cone with instructions. If not, then google the instructions online or search YouTube for a how-to video. Instructions call for checking the gas flow pressure after installation, but frankly, people in my region convert their new stoves without doing the gas pressure check and things have always been fine. But that said, you might be able to rent the necessary tool from an appliance store to check that, .........or just have the appliance repair place install the new orifice and pay the bill.

I'm a do-it-yourself type person and converted my natural gas stove to propane myself. I have a Premier stove which required a propane orifice and an adjustment to the 'turn on" knobs for each burner and the oven. That adjustment was simply turning a switch from one side to the other. Simple. One direction = natural gas, the other direction was for propane use.
 
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Thank you, I'll look into this!
 
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In addition to changing the orifices, you typically have to change/adjust the pressure regulator.

Anyway, as Su Ba pointed out, any good appliance repair shop can convert it for you.  I wouldn't recommend this as a DIY project unless you really know what you're doing.
 
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The most recent stove that I bought came with orifices for both types of gas. And with instructions for how to convert between them.

 
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