How to know when your non-IoT gas grill is running with Home Assistant

We all love cooking with Home Assistant. However, grills with Internet of things functionality are few and far between — and the ones who do have said functionality, usually come with compromises (like the dreaded cloud dependency). “Dumb” grills are exactly as useful as their “smart” counterparts, but their gas knobs can be accidentally left open… usually to dangerous consequences.

Worry not, because Home Assistant can help you watch that knob! Here we learn a straightforward approach to finding out whether your grill is running, by using a very simple reed sensor — the humble ZigBee Aqara door sensor — which is normally used (you guessed it) to detect whether doors were left open.

This post is based on the excellent idea done by fellow board member Mahko_Mahko.