What Do I Do With The Wrong Grill Hose?

Somewhere in the mid-1980’s my parents bought a grill.  They went pretty top of the line with a Weber Genesis 1000 grill.  My parents aren’t heavy grill users, but I remember quite a few meals cooked out on the grill.

Fast forward many years and the grill was still working.  Around the time we bought our house, I bought a cheap-o grill from Big Lots, so I knew I was not getting quality.  And quality we certainly did not get!

Within a couple of years, the entire grill started self destructing to the point where the low setting was ultra-high on most other grills.  Pieces were rusting, and it wasn’t long to see that this thing was better off in the scrap heap.

My parents still had ‘Old Faithful’ and offered it to us.  My dad replaced all of the grilling surfaces, and re-painted a lot of the surfaces.  We also put on some new knobs, and it was good to go.

The biggest issue we had with it over the few years we’ve had was when it caught fire during a family party we had.  Turned out a spider had built a nest in one of the pipes.  Spiders like propane and tend to do this.  This was causing a wee bit of gas to come out of a relief valve, and since it was gathering right next to the grill, it was hot enough to ignite.  After turning the propane off and leaving that burner off, we had no issues the rest of the party, and the problem was fixed by dismantling the pipe and cleaning it out with a pipe cleaner.

Bad spider!

Last year, we came across the latest problem, which was the regulator in the hose line between the propane tank and the grill.  There’s a small circular device that regulates how much gas gets through, and something went awry, as gas was coming out of a relief valve.  Luckily this was way lower than the last problem, so any gas that got out escaped.  Still, I knew that something needed to be done, so I went online and ordered a hose.

I did so in October of last year.  With every intention of replacing the hose before getting everything put away for the winter.

Well, that didn’t happen.

So, come spring, after getting the roof done and re-painting the deck, my wife and I hauled it back onto the deck and I set to work to finally get around to replacing the hose.  As I struggled to get the old hose off, I happened to look at the fitting of the new hose, and realized that it sure as heck was not the same size as the fitting that I was loosening (and after 30 years, that took some doing!)

Crap.  I’d bought the wrong hose!

After seven months, I knew that there was no way I could return the hose, plus I could not even remember or find where I had bought it from.  Oops.  I was fairly certain that I had bought it from Amazon, but my order history showed otherwise.  Mrs. Beagle seems to think that I ordered it from Sears, maybe, but I didn’t even keep the shipping or order verification, which is totally not like me at all.

But, anyways, after looking, I found the absolute correct hose.  This time it was on Amazon, so I ordered it.  I even confirmed that the picture of the hose had the exact fittings that I needed.  So, it should be OK.

The question is, what do I do with the wrong hose?  It’s perfectly good.  All that’s happened is that it’s been taken out of the box.  That’s it.

Craigslist? Seems pretty random that someone would be looking for the part.

eBay?  Maybe.  I usually just buy.

Amazon Sellers?  Amazon actually does sell the ‘wrong’ hose that I have, so I could likely sell it there.  I’ve never done this so I’m not exactly sure how it works.  I’m assuming Amazon gets a flat fee and/or a percentage of my cut.  Seems easy enough, I guess.

At this point, I seem to remember the hose costing around $20-25 so if I were to even net out 75% of that, I’d be fine.  Otherwise, I know I’ll end up sitting on a hose that I’ll never use and that will just take up space.

Readers, what are your thoughts on how to get rid of the perfectly good wrong hose?

14 thoughts on “What Do I Do With The Wrong Grill Hose?”

  1. If Craigslist gets no bites, Freecycle would at least not waste it.

    I Freecycled the wrong air filter I bought for my air handler and didn’t notice for a year….

  2. I have sold on Amazon in the best and it is super easy, that is what I would do.

  3. I would put it into my garage for later use and then never use it again for anything. It would probably sit around for 5 years or so before I put it out with the trash. There is a slight chance that I might play ninja and attack a tree or just cut it up for no apparent reason of mine before discarding it.

  4. Ebay or Amazon are probably the best bet. Goodwill is a third option to at least get a small tax right off and have one less thing to worry about around the house.

  5. I’d try on Amazon. They only charge .99 per sale for most items, and it is easy to set up. https://services.amazon.com/content/sell-on-amazon.htm. The free individual account is good for up to 40 items sold per month (otherwise the professional account is beneficial if selling 40+ items because that fee is a flat 39.99 per month). I have a friend who has sold a lot of his odd and ends this way and his wife is VERY happy to have those items out of the house, garage and basement, plus a little extra cash on hand. We’re amazed at what he’s been able to sell – mainly old computer equipment. You’d just need to figure out what you’d want to charge for shipping. 🙂 We signed up for the basic Amazon seller account and plan on using it soon.

  6. I’d probably start on Craigslist and go from there. If no takers, move to Amazon or Ebay. You could at least try to return it? sometimes larger stores are better with that.

    • Nope, I bought it online and I don’t even remember for sure what store (I think it was sears.com but don’t have the order confirmation)

  7. Throw that puppy on eBay! Nowadays, with ebay you can list for free if you do things right. Just figure out what type of hose it is, find a similar listing, and model your listing off of the other persons, but make your price a tad cheaper. I sell tons of stuff on ebay, and I’ve always had good luck, and you will have a much larger viewing community than Craigslist. If you are new to selling on ebay just check out my article “How to Sell Stuff on eBay” at http://www.financialsprout.com/how-to-sell-stuff-on-ebay/ Good luck on getting rid of the hose!

    • Actually, I’ll be posting a follow-up about what I did, but it was along the lines of what you said.

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