Natural Gas

Contractors working on natural gas installations in new developments or converting existing systems are finding that copper tube and fittings are the most cost-effective installation materials available today. Copper's cost advantage and ease of installation are evident when installing furnaces, water heaters, fireplaces, barbecues and appliances such as ranges and dryers.

Natural gas installers, builders and developers can obtain details on the savings possible with copper from our Installed Cost Comparison publication. It features a contractor survey comparing copper to threaded steel and corrugated stainless steel tube (CSST). The results show that for every $100 spent on a copper system, it would cost $134 for an equivalent system using threaded steel pipe, and $144 for the system using CSST.

Whether it is the warmth provided by a natural gas fireplace on a chilly night, or the convenience of not running out of fuel in the middle of barbecuing, Canadians are increasingly discovering the benefits of natural gas fireplaces and barbecues. To meet this demand, builders and developers are including natural gas fireplaces in new homes and condos, as well as quick-connect outlets for natural gas barbecues in new homes and condos. Installing a Natural Gas Fireplace and Installing a Natural Gas Barbecue provide details on these popular amenities.

Homeowners will also find valuable information in these publications. For example, many people think they need to have a chimney in their house or cottage to install a natural gas fireplace. In fact with direct venting, natural gas fireplaces can be installed in virtually any room - even in high-rise condominiums.

A quick-connect, natural gas outlet installed on an exterior wall servicing a deck or patio will provide an uninterrupted supply of barbecue fuel. The quick-connect makes it easy to move the barbecue for cleaning or storage. And it should be mentioned that propane barbecues can be converted to natural gas at a reasonable cost.

Contractors and consulting engineers looking for detailed information on the design and installation of copper natural gas systems in all types of houses and buildings should refer to the Copper Natural Gas Systems Manual (Publication 14E). It includes details on layout and sizing, selection of tube, fittings used, installation practices, and testing.

CSA B149.1, Natural Gas & Propane Installation Code, is the model code used by provincial regulatory authorities in Canada. The 2010 edition contains important changes on the Types of copper tube to be used in natural gas systems. The B149 Code Update provides the latest information on Type G/GAS tube. Local authorities should be consulted before specifying or installing any Type of copper tube.

The Publications covered above are available in electronic format. Printed versions also can be ordered free of charge by emailing us.