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Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf motoz » 09 okt 2015 13:36

PellMon is an open source program made originally for connecting to a scotte/woody pellet burner in a similar way to the PC program stokerkontrol, differing in that it is accessed from a webbrowser so you don't need a monitor connected to the computer and it is very lightweight so it runs well even on a small, cheap computer like the raspberry pi. It is also completely free and comes with source code so it can be modified.

It might be less known that PellMon can also be used with any burner/boiler, not just scotte/woody. PellMon has a 'plugin' system for interfacing to different pellet burners. To monitor a completely generic burner you can use the 'pelletCalc' plugin which only needs a way to monitor the feeder auger revolutions or runtime, and from that PellMon calculates current power level/mode and fuel consumption. The feeder auger revolutions can be monitored for instance with a switch connected to an input pin on the raspberry pi computer, or a onewire sensor input on a pc. Temperatures (and lots of other things like humidity and sun intensity) can be monitored using onewire sensors connected to a usb adapter using the OWFS plugin.

Since PellMon is accessed from a web browser you can configure your router so it is accessible from the internet, and even without that you can receive an email when there is an alarm.

Front page in the web browser:
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The web interface adapts to the screen size of the device used, so works equally well on a mobile phone as on a desktop pc.

Full source code available here: https://github.com/motoz/PellMon
Installation instructions: https://github.com/motoz/PellMon/wiki/H ... %20PellMon
How to configure pellmon for use with a generic burner: https://github.com/motoz/PellMon/wiki/H ... let-burner
Wiki with tips and tricks: https://github.com/motoz/PellMon/wiki

(I'm one of the authors of PellMon, this might look a bit like an ad but since we are giving it away for free for everyone to use and modify I hope it's ok)
PellMon open source pellet logger at https://github.com/motoz/PellMon


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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf nemocharley » 09 okt 2015 13:50

This is really cool. I think many people with less sophisticated stokers and pelletboilers will appreciate the possibility to add such features for free to their installation.

Personally it´s not for me yet, but in time that might change.

Also thank You for allowing me to copy your profile pic - I really like it.

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf JFinderup » 12 okt 2015 09:20

A very good initiative and a good example of what the Open Source concepts can lead to.
Could you advice where to look for How-to guides for setting up the hardware part?
I’m a novice in the single-board computer world and could use some guides to reach 1st base :o)
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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf motoz » 12 okt 2015 12:02

There is a collection of links to relevant how-tos and example hardware from the webstore m.nu on the swedish site pellets.info. http://pellets.info/viewtopic.php?f=42& ... 49#p153549
I'm happy to answer any questions!
PellMon open source pellet logger at https://github.com/motoz/PellMon

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf JFinderup » 12 okt 2015 13:04

Thanks for the link - just what I was looking for :great:
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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf KimP » 01 nov 2015 19:47

Håber at være kørende i løbet af næste uge. Har en side oppe at køre, men mangler at få sat temperaturfølere til.

Skal sidde på min Baxi, så det bliver med nye følere jeg selv placere.

Er der planer om en widget til smartphone? Kunne være lækkert ikke at skulle åbne en side :)

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf motoz » 01 nov 2015 21:23

Nice, just want to point out that there was a problem with the OWFS plugin for onewire sensors when using the new 'jessie' version of raspbian. The fix has only been in the 'master' branch a couple of days so depending on when you downloaded it you might want to upgrade. (Upgrade instructions are in the wiki). Since today we also have a version number and a changelog: https://github.com/motoz/PellMon/blob/m ... ANGELOG.md

I don't have an android phone so I'm not that interested in a widget myself but if someone wants to do it then I can add any api needed (or just try to keep the available one stable), I started working on a sailfish app for my phone which works both as app and widget, but that didn't go far (yet).
PellMon open source pellet logger at https://github.com/motoz/PellMon

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf KimP » 01 nov 2015 21:36

Okay.

Det er et par uger siden jeg installerede, så må lige få opdateret.

Dejligt med den hurtige support!!

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf KimP » 06 nov 2015 13:11

Jeg har ikke følgene sti:

/etc/pellmon/conf.d/enabled_plugins.conf

pellmon mappen findes, men kun med en config fil, ingen undermappe ?

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Re: Logging and monitoring of any stoker/pellet burner with PellMon

Indlægaf KimP » 07 nov 2015 14:41

Har installeret det forfra, og har nu alle de manglende sti'er, så jeg kan ændre i config filerne.

Følger denne guide:http://pellets.info/viewtopic.php?f=42&t=16441&p=153549

Er gået lidt fast i punkt 14, kan ikke få det til at virke ud fra den beskivelse med ow1.

Har nogen af jer noget der kører med jeres egne følere, som vil hjælpe, evt. et screenshot af filen, så jeg kan forstå hvad der menes med det.



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