Anyone have a good fireplace icon for the smartthings mobile app? I have a few fireplaces as things and would like a good icon…
I just used the outdoor grill icon for mine.
My fireplace is only 6 volts at the switch. How did you automate that?
It was actually quite easy. This is what you need to buy - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00913ATFI/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Then read the instructions on the first review of the item from Amazon. I will paste down below here for convenience;
I have made this a 5-star “I LOVE IT” since I have been able to get the switch to actually work with my GE45600/45601 secondary remote controllers. Turned out this worked fine once I reset the secondary networks to receive a full new network settings from primary. That took a bit of doing, as we have mutliple table top secondary controllers, but once done, it works fine on the primary or secondary controllers, and within scenes: it’s all good.
I bought this module as an override switch on my Gas Fireplace since family sometimes leaves on the fireplace too long. With Z-Wave I can force the fireplace OFF when it’s been on 90 mins; I can turn it on early in the day to kick-start housewarming; I can use it in any scenes or with other special OFF / ON events.
As a low voltage (LV) switch device, these switches aren’t so simple to ZXWave-ify as other switches because there is no 120V power wire involved with the switch. The Z-Wave part needs that power to work. This module has three control segments to segregate: 1) 120V Z-Wave/Switch power; 2) LV relay contact switch; 3) External switch override. It can operate totally separate from Z-Wave; totally separate from the wall switch, or any combination of the two. Nifty. That means once installed, Wall Switch can turn ON or OFF the device but so can Z-Wave. And Z-Wave gets preference. So even if Wall Switch is ON, Z-Wave can shut it off. But if Wall Switch is already in OFF position, and Z-Wave turns it ON, wall switch can still turn it OFF, by turning it ON, then OFF. Same in reverse: can override to ON, by turning it OFF, then ON.
You won’t be able to install this device into your existing wall switch location (unless you can easily get a 120V lead up there from another source. Wire in place now is a low voltage (LV) feed, with nothing to power and control the Z-Wave. I also decided to install my new device in a totally passive manner, so I could swap it back to original state easily later if desired. (Useful for tenants who aren’t owners, or owner like me might not want Z-Wave control there later.) Anyway: seamlessly passive install without altering existing fireplace or wiring at all. Since switch to fireplace control valve is via spade lugs, I replicated M and F spade lugs to interconnect into my replacement wires.
That meant going to Home Depot for five items: A) a little baggie of 6 Male Spade Lugs; B) baggie of 6 Female Spade Lugs; C) a basic plastic outlet box; D) One 3’ Black extension cord to use as 120V E) one 6’ white extension cord to use as LV replacement wires-- could also use LV doorbell/ heater wire etc if you have on hand.
Quick Start Summary Steps:
o Mount the module switch in a standard outlet box laid under fireplace in air intake area
o Assumes you have an available 120V outlet adjacent to/under your fireplace unit
o Thread black 120V Power cord out one side of the outlet box; white LV wires out the other side of box
o Power the Z-Wave Switch-- pins 1+2; ( REMOVE jumper from pin 1 to pin 3 relay control )
o 1st LV two-wire set with female spade lugs for pin 3+4 to plug onto your original fireplace switch
o 2nd LV two-wire set with male spade lugs for pin 5+6 - ext switch onto your original spade lugs
o Plug in to power; Enroll on Z-Wave system.
o Three options to control Fireplace: Module button = manual on/off; Z-Wave = on/off; Wall switch = on/off
More Detailed Steps Specific to Fireplace use
x Draw a diagram of existing connections before you disconnect anything. Be sure you know which are 120V and which LV connections.
x Note: Fixture module usually ships with jumper wire from pin 1 (Line) to pin 3 (Relay Load). REMOVE this jumper for low voltage (fireplace) use!
x Prepare Extension cords:
x Black Ext Cord will become our 120V Switch power cord. Cut outlets end off the Black extension cord. Leave plug intact
x White Ext Cord will become two separate LV switch and load lines. Cut cord in half; then cut off both plug and outlets
x We now have two sets of LV white wires; one we’ll call “1st wire” (Relay Load); other we’ll call “2nd wire” (External Switch)
x Mark the 2nd wire in some way to easily tell the two apart on both ends. ( I suggest green stripes with Sharpee on both ends, ~ 3" (7 cm) from end of wire.)
x Prepare Outlet Box
x Punch out plugs on both sides of outlet box, so we can feed 120V and LV wires into the box.
x Feed Black cord into one side of outlet box; attach pins 1 + 2 “Line” and “Neutral” on module. L=usually white; N=usu black.
x Feed LV white wires into other side of outlet box. Be sure you can tell them apart… which is relay (pins 3+4) and switch (P 5+6)
x Prepare New Relay Module
x Attach (1st plain) wire to pins 3 + 4 Relay Load connectors on the module – be sure jumper from (pin 1- L) to (pin 3 - Relay) is REMOVED first!
x Attach (2nd wire you marked) to the pins 5 + 6,
x Attach Spade Lugs
x On the other end of the white wires, we’ll attach the spade lug parts.
x On 1st (plain) wire, strip wire ~3/8" (~.5 cm); crimp on (and/or solder) new female spade lugs
x On 2nd (green-stripe/marked) wire, strip wire ~3/8" (~.5 cm); crimp on (and/or solder) new male spade lugs
x On fireplace control switch, locate and remove the two existing spade lug connections going to switch.
x Connect your new female spade lugs (1st wire - plain) to the original place you had removed from the fireplace control unit.
x Re-connect the original switch-wire female spade connections to your new male spade lugs (2nd wire - marked/green stripes)
x Close up the Outlet box and Test
x Switch plate cover comes with the module. Screw switch into outlet box; screw on switchplate cover
x Plug in black cord to power. You should see switch module blink on its blue light
x Go through standard Z-Wave enrollment procedure for your system
x Choose a place to place the outlet box.
x All done!
There are a lot of things that are really great about this. First, I can control my fireplace’s via Alexa. Second, it’s actually safer. I know people on here love to say ‘you are nuts to hook your fireplace up to smartthings, that’s so unsafe’ blah blah blah. Here’s what I did with mine;
Used CoRE pistons to do the following;
Send myself and my wife a text/push notification every time a fireplace is turned on
Audio announce which fireplace has been turned on over our notification speakers
Set a timer so that the fireplace is automatically turned off after 1 hour of use. (Adjustable of course)
I have a motion sensor with thermometer in each room with the fireplace and once a room the room the fireplace is in hits a certain temperature, it turns off the fireplace.
Perfect, thanks @Matthew_Freestone. Looking at the wiring diagram it looks like I could put this in a electrical box under the fireplace and leave the switch wired in the “Single Switch w/ external power source” set up. Does that sound right?
Ha! Can I say it? I remember there was a post somewhere where you can set the parameters of this z-wave switch for the Timer. Maybe @Mike_Maxwell was the one mentioned this? It’s better to go this route since it’s not depending on your Internet or ST cloud.
Very cool, updated and added the 60 minute timer.
By the way, I should select Toggle NO correct? For use with a fireplace that includes a wall switch?
correct, but it will work in with either setting, this will help you if you mounted the toggle up side down…