[sclug] Wood vs GHC

Neil Haughton haughtonomous at googlemail.com
Thu May 16 12:43:05 UTC 2013

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: ed neville <ed at s5h.net>
> To: sclug at sclug.org.uk
> Cc:
> Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 19:14:20 +0100
> Subject: Re: [sclug] Winter project
> On Tue, May 14, 2013 at 08:56:31PM +0100, Neil Haughton wrote:
> > I've been musing over what actually to do with my Pi apart from play with
> > it when I have the time, and I thought a good use for it, to while away
> the
> > forthcoming winter evenings and also to put it to good practical use,
> would
> > be to use it to remotely control my central heating.
> What would be a better idea perhaps would be to control a log burning
> stove. Once the flue pipe reaches X degrees open the vents a little.
> When the temperature reaches Y close the vents. If the temperature is <Y
> then turn a stepper motor to open the stove door and insert either home
> fire coals or logs with <20% moisture, close the door and lock the
> handle.
> Of course, perhaps the above is only sane up the end of the second
> sentence, perhaps the pi should page the stove engineer to carry out
> appropriate maintenance.
> If you're lucky enough to have GCH then monitoring the amount of fuel
> burnt would be awesome and linking the pi to monitor a carbon monoxide
> detector would also be highly desirable (is the former even possible?).
> I'll go back to dreaming of a parallel world where I might have GCH.
> --
> Best regards,
> Ed http://www.s5h.net/
> With a wood buring stove you can at least see your money going up in
flames. With GCH it's all done behind closed doors, so the first you know
of it is when the baillifs come to take away your furniture. GCH is not all
roses, you know!


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