We provide gas piping for all types of gas appliances such as barbeques, stoves fireplaces, and heaters. If it runs on gas, we can “pipe it”! Outside, inside, underground, above ground, we can do it!
The cost is determined by 3 things:
The further the distance between the appliance and the gas line, the higher the cost will be. This is because more piping is required. For example, a distance of 50 feet would require more material which would increase the cost as oppose to a distance of 20 feet.
Size of piping required:
Each appliance requires a different size of pipe (diameter). It varies from appliance to appliance. The BTU’s of the appliance along with the distance are used to determine the size of the pipe required. It has to be large enough to supply the right amount of gas to operate the appliance efficiently. For example, if a gas stove’s piping was undersized; it would take twice as long to boil a pot of water. This will result in a higher gas bill and the stove would not operate the way it was designed to. Therefore, the larger the pipe used, the higher the cost.
Material used for piping:
There are 4 common types of materials that are used for piping. They each have pros and cons:
- Iron Piping
Pros: holds more volume of gas, stronger then copper and stainless steel.
Cons: harder to work with, limited in where it can be installed, rusts easily.
- Copper Tubing
Pros: flexible, can be installed almost anywhere, easier to work with, won’t rust, less chance of leaking, can be used for underground piping.
Cons: holds less volume of gas, due to the price of metals it has become expensive.
- Stainless Steel
Pros: holds almost the same volume of gas as iron pipe, very flexible, easy to work with, less chance of leaking, can be used for underground piping, does not rust.
Cons: due to the price of metals can become expensive.
- Plastic Tubing (never used in common household appliances, mainly used in underground installations for pool heaters or commercial use)
Pros: flexible, holds large volume of gas, less chance of leaking.
Cons: can only be used for underground use
As long as the piping is sized properly, it does not make a difference which type of piping you use.
Although iron pipe holds more volume then copper and stainless steel, it does not mean it is superior. It all depends on the pipe size in order for the appliance to be used efficiently. For example, 10 feet of half inch iron pipe would supply 100,000 Btu’s, while 10 feet of half inch copper tubing would supply 30,000 Btu’s, and 10 feet of stainless piping would supply 80,000 Btu’s. However, if an appliance is lower than 30,000 Btu’s, it would not make a difference which type of piping is used because that is the maximum amount of gas that that unit can consume.
Our choice would be stainless steel piping. It is a newer form of piping that can be used almost anywhere- inside, outside or underground.
Feel free to call us for an estimate by phone or we can also provide a complimentary on site consultation. Please call us at 416.888.1681 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org