Topic Title: Convert electric companion to gas
Created on July 14, 2013 at 05:40 PM

Russell

I have an electric companion that I have used quite a bit in the almost five years I have owned it. Needless to say, I have been very happy with it. I have noticed the controller appears to melting from the heat and the two prongs on the heating element are bent and flimsy feeling. I am not sure how much longer it is going to work. To replace the parts is going to be around $150 with shipping. I am thinking of buying the gas burner and other necessary parts and turn it into a gas grill. Has anybody done this yet? I would appreciate any comments, ideas, etc. Many thanks!!!

Grillin'

I have done a burner replacement to a Companion & would think converting it to LP shouldn't be too difficult. Let me take a look at mine & then see if i can get a schematic on an electric one.

@ Russell

Before you do anything crazy, call Holland. They have extra controllers & elements that they have been sending out at a reduced price. The secret to long life is not to leave the controller at full High position. It won't cycle on & off & will overheat & fail.
I don't recommend trying to convert to LP.

Grillin'

After looking at mine I will agree with the above post. Holland does not sell the part you would need to put in the burner & LP regulator. It is part of the bottom shell & not a part they would need to warrant or service.

Russell

Well, I normally only leave on high for about 10 minutes just to get everything heated up and all. Then I turn it down for cooking. The controller might be ok, it is just a little melted where it makes contact with the prongs on the coil. The two prongs on the coil itself seem to be getting weaker and bend too easily.

If Holland will sell me the parts at a reasonable amount, I would just repair it and hopefully get another 5 years out of it.

Thanks for the info.


@ Russell

Holland will tell you to change both the element & the controller at the same time. Do that!