Locate the gas valve handle and crank it a quarter turn until it comes to a complete stop. This is often a ball valve with a lever handle. When the handle is in the OFF position, it is perpendicular to the direction of the gas line. To ensure that the gas has been switched off, turn on one of the stove burners. If the burner works, then the gas is on.
If you try this method but cannot turn the valve handle, check that the gas pipe from the kitchen wall to the cooker is not blocked. If so, call an expert immediately before turning off the gas supply to your home.
The best way to turn off the gas is with the help of an expert. However, if you need to turn off the gas yourself, follow these steps thoroughly to prevent damage to your appliances.
Turn off the main gas supply at the meter or nearby. Set a metal bowl over the gas leak to create a vacuum to stop any further flow of gas. Turn off the main gas supply again.
Check all the burners are turned off by opening each one individually. Make sure you don't have anything hot sitting on the cooking surface.
Wait at least 15 minutes after turning off the gas before performing any other task such as removing electrical items like stoves or ovens. These items could spark if touched during these times.
Never use a torch to turn off the gas supply.
You only need to reach behind the stove and switch off the gas. It should be about a ninety-degree turn. You next disconnect the hose and relocate the stove to its new location. The final step is to reconnect the hose and turn on the gas.
This process should get rid of any gas that may be leaking from the stove itself. If there's still some fluid in the area where the stove was located, call your local gas company immediately before doing anything further. They can come out and check the line for you.
Make sure to take all of the packaging with you when you move; this will make re-installing your stove easier. Also remember to fill all of the holes left by the old stove with caulk before putting it back together so nothing leaks later on.
Overall, removing a gas stove is easy if you work slowly and don't force anything. Make sure to have someone available to help you if you have any problems or questions along the way.
If you have a natural gas type, turn all of the burner control knobs (including the side burner, if it has one) to the off position first. Then, switch off the natural gas supply line's shut-off valve. When the grill is not in use, always switch off the fuel supply. This will prevent any possible damage to your barbecue caused by exposed fuel lines or valves.
Natural gas barbecues are very easy to operate; they just have several more buttons than electric models. To turn off a natural gas barbecue, follow the instructions under "How do you turn off an electric barbecue?" below.
The easiest way to shut off the flow of natural gas is to pull up on the knob located at the end of the regulator tube. This will stop the gas from flowing into the barbecue while allowing any remaining gas to escape through the exhaust pipe. Let go of the knob and the gas flow stops. You can also turn off the main control panel if there is a physical button for this purpose. Some remote controls have a button for this purpose, but it may be labeled something else, such as "OFF", "STOP" or "GRIP". If there is no button on the main control panel, call your gas company to have them send someone to turn off the supply line.
Some types of barbecues have secondary burners that are used for cooking without burning food too much (for example, for making burgers).
Cooktop and wall oven gas shutoffs Because the cutoff valve is normally positioned inside the base cabinet below the cooktop, switching off the gas is fairly simple with cooktops set into countertop apertures. Simply find the valve and crank it one-quarter turn so that the handle is perpendicular to the gas pipe. It may help to use a pen or some other pointed object to turn the handle if you are feeling timid or lackadaisical. When finished, secure the valve back in place.
Stoves without cutouts For these stoves the gas shutoff is not available at all. Instead, there is a lever on the top of the stove that must be pulled out to turn off the gas. This prevents any gas from escaping when not in use and also protects against children being able to turn off the gas. The lever is found next to the burners. When turned off, it should be placed back into its slot to prevent turning it back on accidentally.
Stoves with electric ignitions For these stoves the gas shutoff is usually located near the entrance door where it can be reached easily by hand. They work much like kitchen range lights, except they are intended for use when cooking rather than just warming your hands. These days many stoves have magnetic switches instead. The switch detects the presence of a metal spoon, for example, when it is placed in the cooking pot.
All top burner valves are operated counterclockwise to open and clockwise to close. To ignite the gas, depress and spin the valve knob all the way to the left to achieve the "full on" position, where the gas automatically ignites from the pilot flame or electrode. Release the button and the flame will go out. To bake using gas, first you need to light the gas pilot; then set the oven temperature by selecting either low heat or high heat. For example, if you want your cookies to be warm instead of hot, you would select a setting of 450 degrees F for your low heat choice or 550 degrees F for your high heat choice. It's recommended that you use an oven thermometer to ensure that the temperature is being maintained within the specified range.
Here are some other things to note when baking with gas: Make sure that the gas valve is opened fully before you start cooking so that there is enough gas flowing through the line to cook properly. You may have to open and close the valve during cooking to ensure even heating. Of course, make sure that you don't leave any part of the valve stem in the hole where it connects to the pipe, as this could cause damage later if not done correctly. After closing the valve, wait at least 30 minutes before turning off the gas supply or removing the oven door. This allows any remaining gas to escape before shutting off the supply, which could lead to a fire or explosion.