Fireplace interface & scripting

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I’ve got a Flare fireplace with a Maxitrol controller that has this automation workflow:

What’s neat about this is I can do more than just turn it on and off, but that does present some complications.

I’m currently thinking that a 4 channel Sonoff pro controller will be my best best for handling the hardware side of things.

On the UX side, I’m thinking a basic on/off + “brightness” should handle all my needs.

What I need to figure out is:

  • Which firmware I should run? (this will be my first sonoff)
  • Should I handle the logic at the sonoff or within home assistant? (I’m not afraid to program)
  • Is there an existing device type that would fit this or should I look into creating a new device type?