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Posted: 03/10/19 11:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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I have a 20ā€™ line that I run from a splitter off the tank before the regulator. I have to turn the tank off first, connect the hose, then slowly open the tank valve allowing the hose to fill completely before opening the valve the rest of the way.
That's one reason I added the extra shutoff valve shown on my above post - no flow problems. The valve is also a second shutoff in addition to the shutoff in the 1" connector.

The high pressure adapter uses the BBQ regulator and not the RV regulator. To be very clear the hose connects to the BBQ regulator only and NOT directly to the BBQ.


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This is a response from Weber regarding low heat output:

From Weber:

"Thank you for your email.

I'm sorry to hear your grill is giving you problems. There could be several issues that could cause this sort of problem. Let's try to fix the problem with the follow suggestions. Do you preheat the grill with the lid up or down? If you grill with the lid down there is a possibility that you have inadvertently triggered the safety device in the adapter hose. This safety device is designed to detect leaks. If the grill is leaking, it will restrict gas flow to prevent a fire. When the gas is restricted, the grill will only reach about 250 degrees. This safety device can be inadvertently triggered if the grill is turned on too quickly.

To reset the gas safety device:
Open the barbecue lid.
1. Close the LP tank valve.
2. Turn your burner control knob to the OFF position.
3. Wait at least 5 minutes if the barbecue had been lit, then
4. Disconnect the gas source
5. Turn your burner control knob to the HIGH position.
6. Wait at least 2 minutes, and then turn the burner control knob to the OFF position.
7. Re-connect the gas source

The grill was designed for the small, disposable tanks. If you choose to use an adapter hose for the larger propane tanks, there are some simple rules to follow to ensure that the grill works properly. Please follow this procedure every time you turn the grill on and off.

Re-lighting the barbecue:
1. Open the barbecue lid.
2. Open the LP tank valve all the way and wait 1 minute.
3. With the lid open, turn the burner control knob to the HIGH position.
4. Ignite the grill by pushing the crossover ignition button.
5. Close the barbecue lid.
6. The barbecue should reach 500 to 550 degrees in 10-15 minutes.

When you are done grilling:
1. Turn all burner control knobs to the OFF position
2. Turn off the LP tank valve last. The tank should be turned off after EVERY grill use.


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Removing the original Weber regulator on these BBQs is pretty straightforward and I can't imagine a BBQ/propane shop doing something wrong, but you never know.

Below is what our Weber Q looks like which has the regulator removed for connection to the low pressure piping under the TT. I used a short "whip". I also used 3/8" dia. hose and not 1/4". Our hose is the flexible rubber jacketed type which is easy to coil up and is longer than 10' (20' IIRC)..

Our Weber heats up pretty quickly and maintains good heat, as long as the lid is kept closed. Is your Weber an older one? If so, maybe it needs the orifices cleaned? Are the furnace, water heater and stove working fine? I find that I usually have to open the valve for a bit to purge out any air in the hose.

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CA Traveler wrote:

camp-n-family wrote:

I have a 20ā€™ line that I run from a splitter off the tank before the regulator. I have to turn the tank off first, connect the hose, then slowly open the tank valve allowing the hose to fill completely before opening the valve the rest of the way.
That's one reason I added the extra shutoff valve shown on my above post - no flow problems. The valve is also a second shutoff in addition to the shutoff in the 1" connector.

The high pressure adapter uses the BBQ regulator and not the RV regulator. To be very clear the hose connects to the BBQ regulator only and NOT directly to the BBQ.


That's what I did. You can't operate some grills or outdoor LP appliances without their regulator. So I did like you did and tapped into the high pressure (pre-regulator) side. Makes life much easier.

I have 16 feet of hose and don't have any issues at all. It does take a little while for all of the propane to bleed out of the hoses so I set it aside while I'm packing up everything else and then stow it once it's drained.


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turbojimmy wrote:

You can't operate some grills or outdoor LP appliances without their regulator.


Doesn't apply to the Weber Q series of grills as the regulator can easily be removed while leaving the gas control in place, making it an ideal candidate for modification to run directly off a low pressure gas feed.

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SoundGuy wrote:

turbojimmy wrote:

You can't operate some grills or outdoor LP appliances without their regulator.


Doesn't apply to the Weber Q series of grills as the regulator can easily be removed while leaving the gas control in place, making it an ideal candidate for modification to run directly off a low pressure gas feed.


Iā€™m aware. My point was that a feed off the high pressure side offers more versatility.

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myredracer wrote:

Removing the original Weber regulator on these BBQs is pretty straightforward and I can't imagine a BBQ/propane shop doing something wrong, but you never know.

Below is what our Weber Q looks like which has the regulator removed for connection to the low pressure piping under the TT. I used a short "whip". I also used 3/8" dia. hose and not 1/4". Our hose is the flexible rubber jacketed type which is easy to coil up and is longer than 10' (20' IIRC)..

Our Weber heats up pretty quickly and maintains good heat, as long as the lid is kept closed. Is your Weber an older one? If so, maybe it needs the orifices cleaned? Are the furnace, water heater and stove working fine? I find that I usually have to open the valve for a bit to purge out any air in the hose.

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My connection looks very similar to yours except I don't have the quick release. Mine hoses connect using the same style connection like the one that attaches to the little gas bottle. My grill is the Weber 200 or 2000 unit. A white lid on it. It is about 4 years old. Everything in the camper works perfectly.

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That connector is the standard 1lb 1" 20 tpi high pressure bottle connector.

Can you connect the 1 lb bottle to the grill and then to the long hose? And how does the grill work? Might help to isolate the problem.

I can run any grill from my RV or any grill from a 1 lb bottle with my hoses and adapter. OK Flame suit on as I'm sure someone will tell be about a 100K BTU propane BBQ ... [emoticon]

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I've had the reg removed from my Weber for 12 years and it has worked fine. I do have my Jayco dealer move the gas line to the front of the awning as I BBQ in the rain and it is nice having the awning above me. I fact seems like when I want to BBQ (several times a week) it wants to rain.... LOL


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Without pics of the OP's actual setup, we are all just guessing at the issue. We need to see both ends of the hose, the hookup at the grille, the hookup at the trailer, and clarification of WHERE the line is tapped into the trailer's system (before or after the trailer regulator).


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