How to Convert A Deep Fryer to Propane

American Range FryerConverting 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.

For example:

If you have a popular Pitco Model 14 and you are converting from Natural Gas to LP then you would use kit B751008.

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.

2 thoughts on “How to Convert A Deep Fryer to Propane”

  1. At first I was a bit doubtful if converting gas to propane would really fit my expectations but I’ve come to realized that yes, it is the answer for my longing prayers. It’s very affordable, convenient and is truly a lifesaver. I don’t need to spend too much on gasoline and I enjoy the perks of saving my precious time and energy. Just to share, try visiting this website that I found,http://gomowpropane.com/conversion-plans/. It’s a good reference for your concerns about propane conversions.

  2. Hi Joel Kruse.

    Have you done any propane conversions yourself or know someone who did?

    I’ve read that it is very safe, but as a female, there is always the “scary” part of it. I am just by myself and trying to maximize my savings and this (converting natural gas to propane) is something I am looking forward on doing. Reading your write up gives me an impression that I cannot do the gas stove conversion myself.

    I just need to gain more confidence.

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