This project was created by Bryan Mayland. He's worked on this project for years, perfecting this heat sensing project.
Now you can get in on the action. Bryan sells HeaterMeter kits on his website to help others who are interested in the same project. He's saved us all a great deal of time by consolidating these resources together. More time for grilling, right?
First things first, you're going to need a couple of tools. Even of you start off with the official Heater Meter kit, you'll probably need a few extra items.
The kit doesn't include:
- Raspberry Pi
- Wifi adapter (if you’re not using a Pi 3B or Pi Zero W)
- SD card
- 12V Power supply
- Pit probes
- 3D printed case
This is where things get hot! Unfortunately, the puns also get worse.
The pit probes need to be built to spec. If you're not sure where to get started, check out this amazing pit probe tutorial by Dave Selinger. He does a great job walking you through the construction process from start to finish. The pit probes are crucial to the project. Definitely don't skip over any details.
HeaterMeter will run on any Raspberry Pi. But not every Pi is the same, some have serious benefits that make all the difference in a project like this. If you can, aim for a newer model—these often perform better and some come with built-in wifi adapters which are really useful for this project.
Once you have your components created, it's time to gather them together! Your pit probes should be installed and connected to the HeaterMeter. There are thorough instructions available on the HeaterMeter wiki. I highly recommend this resource, especially if you're using extra components like multiple pit probes or a damper.
Congratulations! Once everything is assembled, it's time to fire up the grill.
Don't worry about what's going on across the yard, now you can check it out for yourself. This is your time to grill with mobility. Want to check on those steaks you put on a moment ago? Just take out your phone and load up HeaterMeter in the browser. Does it feel like the future yet? I think so.
The Raspberry Pi Pico and Raspberries Pi Zero are miles apart when it comes to specs, form factor, and software support.