Plug Into Natural Gas

three outdoor natural gas appliances

The popularity of outdoor living spaces has never been higher here in Georgia. Families are spending more time in the backyard, sparking sales of quality outdoor appliances, like natural gas-fueled grills, patio heaters and fire pits.

As these new appliances arrive on decks and patios, Walton Gas consumers are being confronted with a problem: how to provide a steady supply of gas to multiple appliances at once. Installing a convenience gas outlet is the solution.

The convenience gas outlet, or gas “plug,” offers an easy way to connect outdoor appliances to a natural gas supply. It looks and functions much like an electrical outlet. A built-in ring makes connecting and disconnecting quick and easy.

“Having a gas convenience outlet let’s you plug directly into your home’s natural gas supply,” said Savannah Chandler, Walton Gas communications coordinator. “You never have to worry about running out of fuel right in the middle of a nice evening. And you don’t have the hassles of lighting charcoal or refilling a propane tank.”

Convenience outlets can be surface mounted or flush mounted in the outdoor living space. Double outlets are available so homeowners can plug in two devices at the same time. Manufacturers offer models that are designed to blend into wood, concrete, brick or rock surfaces.

Standard safety features on gas plugs include built-in thermal protection to prevent gas flow if the outlet is exposed to temperatures in excess of 300 degrees Fahrenheit. A manual on/off and automatic shut-off valves with safety interlocks prevent connection or disconnection of a gas appliance when the outlet is in the “on” position.

You’ll need to consult a plumber or gas contractor about installation of a gas convenience outlet. If you’re building a new home, ask your contractor to add a natural gas outlet on the deck or patio area.

Now is an ideal time to schedule an installation so you’ll be ready to simultaneously enjoy your natural gas grill and patio heater when cooler temperatures arrive.