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An app-controlled log fire starter

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jnikola Oct 12, 2022
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Starting a fire by using a smartphone app and a reusable fire-starting gadget.
  • so you can start a log fire remotely to heat your home before you arrive
  • so you don't need to get up from the couch to start the fire
  • to reduce the amount of non-recycling single-purpose chemical-based firestarters (1, 2, 3)
How would it work?
It could work in many ways. These are my ideas:
  • a zippo-like gas-filled open flame burner that can be turned on and started by the mobile-phone app (probably with the technology similar to this one)
  • a strong alcohol-based burner with battery-triggered sparkler and a safety cap to prevent bottle from exploding (inspired by this one)
Existing technology
It is known that modern electric or gas fireplaces come with an option to be controlled by the smartphone app, but no information on retrofitting device that can start a LOG FIRE.
What are your thoughts? How could this be accomplished in your opinion?
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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain2 years ago
From the usability and redundancy point of view, I don't see any imminent necessity that such an app-controlled log fire starter has, especially given that we already have modern heating systems and gas powered fireplaces. However, thinking broadly, this idea could do a great service if modified properly and adapted for extreme situations. For example: camping.
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 years ago
It would be cool if you could also automate the stacking of the wood, adding of wood to the fire and cleaning the fireplace.
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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain2 years ago
Spook Louw If there is a wood of high consistency that burns with the same rate of combustion, the design like you suggested should not be that hard. It just boils down to using weight, light and heat data and using them adequately to load the wood onto the burning platform. Briquettes could be a better alternative to wood for such a design.
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jnikola2 years ago
Spook Louw I agree and I was on the same track of thoughts, but then we are getting really close to the modern automatic fireplace industry. But if you have something in mind, please, contribute :)
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Spook Louw
Spook Louw2 years ago
J. Nikola I don't have anything specific in mind, but I don't think automating the fire starter is the most difficult or the most beneficial element to automate.
I think the suggestions you have for a fire-starting mechanism will work, I also don't see why using an electric or gas-powered fire starter just to ignite the fire would be an issue.
I was thinking that perhaps it would be dangerous to light a fire in your house if nobody is home. Open flames should not be left unattended and it doesn't take fire a very long to warm up a room in any case. So perhaps it would be more convenient to automate the cleaning of the fireplace and stacking of the wood/briquettes.
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