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Re: wood heating and "smart thermostat"
« Reply #20 on: February 26, 2015, 09:13:17 AM »
You could build your own "smart thermostat" with  a raspberry pi microcomputer ($35), a SainSmart relay board ($20), some thermocouples (DS18B20 $2 each in a pack of 10), some ethernet wire and various bits and pieces.  Find a local high school kid with some basic programming skills to help you.  It is really quite simple for someone with the basic skills.  Monitor whatever locations you want with the thermocouples; pipes, space, inside, outside, wherever and program the pi to activate the relay that is connected to your circulator pump controller when your target temperature is reached.

There are several tutorials out there that cover the basic temperature monitoring setup.  Here is one:

Another is webiopi.  Google that.  That  is an interface that allows you to take inputs and control outputs, set alarms, etc.

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