How to Convert Natural Gas Hobs to Calor

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Calor is the trademark name of a major supplier of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the UK. There are two types of petroleum gas: butane and propane. Propane produces a higher temperature when ignited, so is best suited for cooking appliances. Calor LPG is heavier than air while natural gas piped to UK homes is lighter than air as its main constituent is methane. Because of the difference between the types of gas, you cannot use propane for a natural gas hob without converting it.

  • Look for the manufacturer’s label on your natural gas hob, or check the manufacturer’s instruction manual, to ascertain the name of the manufacturer, the model number and the telephone number. Make a note of the details.

  • Call the gas hob manufacturer's helpline number you noted earlier. Provide the model number and tell the helpline assistant you want to convert your natural gas hob to Calor. The assistant will tell you whether your particular model can be converted; as not all models can. If he says the model isn’t convertible, there really is little else you can do other than purchase a gas hob that’s made specifically to operate using Calor.

  • Ask the assistant whether the company sells conversion kits; if so, order one, as it’s the easiest method. If the company doesn’t, check online for gas replacement part suppliers; contact them with your gas hob model details and then order the conversion kit.

  • Instruct a gas engineer to visit, once your conversion kit has arrived. There are very strict rules regarding gas appliances in the UK, and any work must be undertaken by an engineer registered on the official Gas Safe Register (see Resources).

  • Arrange you the engineer to visit to convert your natural gas hob to Calor. The process, if undertaken by a qualified gas engineer, takes an hour or so.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to convert the gas hob yourself unless you are suitably qualified and registered.

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