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Old 05-20-2010, 12:29 PM
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I'm trying to figure out if it is allowed under the Fairfax County Fire Code to extend a gas line to a trex deck so that we can use the natural gas on the grill (which we would secure to the deck). We saw it on a design show and it would be great to eliminate the propane tanks. We would have two shutoffs for safety, one at the grill and one at the source. It is a single family home with an attached deck made out of Trex Transcend. The gas pipe would extend straight from the side of the house to the side of the deck which is attached to the back of the house. Anyway I called the fire marshall office today and the lady I was transferred to told me: "Well, I think you can, but I'm not sure." Really, I kid you not. Then she said that for sure I needed a permit to extend the gas line and gave me a phone number for the permits person. I called and the guy tells me "You can't have a grill on a deck, it is illegal". Mmmmm, then all of Fairfax is breaking the law. I read the law and it states that if you live in an appartment/condo, you cannot have a grill on a balcony, but that it is allowed on a townhouse and a SFH. Anyway, can someone provide me with more accurate information...It is sad that the people I talked to are the "experts" on the subject. Who else can I call???
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Old 05-20-2010, 02:59 PM
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How far would it need to be from the stove? Are you cooking with gas now? If your stove is on an outside wall; you could possibly have another outlet at the stove connect and go 6 feet with a flexi-yellow line. Keeping the wheels on the gas grill should make it portable enough. Don't make it sound like you are building a a kitchen our bbq pit on your deck. I would call the gas company. If they can't tell you directly; they have people that will give you free estimates; who wouldn't violate the code, ever. My mom was referred to Shanahan; and I've heard him recommended here, too. I had a natural gas grill on my condo balcony in Mohave County, (rains 5 inches per year), it was built in 1984, and Southwest Gas did inspect it on a turn on service one time. Didn't bat an eye. Can't be too sure about Fairfax. BTW, my last gas stove was a GE, and came with the fittings necessary to use as Nat gas or LPG; the orifices are slightly different. The grills will probably be the same way.

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