Great comments and questions!
Yes, this is the foundation for my daughter's STEM project/Independent Study. But that doesn't mean it can't be practical and useful, too
The main purpose of designing the Tstat detector in this manner is so it can all be wired in parallel, 100% independent of the existing controls.
It will be running and triggering a bank of relays for each zone, boiler component, etc. But initially they will not be connected to anything, just trigger and light an LED, while recording everything for analysis.
It should be able to replace a triple aquastat's functions, but not sure if we will replace it with the Arduino or not. There may be a new port drilled into our boiler in the future, LOL.
We also have another, old manual stoker from the early 80's that may get setup in a test environment. Chain and sprocket drive auger. Always had trouble back then with it going out or pushing the fire off the bed.
Our approach uses the premise that we WILL use it to monitor and then control our entire system. As you know this requires a high level of care and reliability, then an evaluation before making it live. That process in itself is a good skill to teach.
From my side, I would ask that any and all of you feel free to engage and comment, but remember that my teenage daughter will start being involved in these Arduino threads. Please don't bring any of the political stuff into them, we can debate our positions over there
The end goal is to bring a product to market- either an entire system or certain components. Whether they will be practical or actually be produced remains to be seen, but part of the exercise is to take her through the design, R&D, Q&A, pitching to "investors," marketing, production, etc. Real or virtual, she will benefit.
It would be really cool if she ends up with a real product, but that's not part of the requirement.
At least that's the plan....
I just wish I had more expertise in some areas so I could have told her, "Put a 1uF capacitor here to smooth the signal," and been confident in that solution.
So if there's an interest, I will get her started on documenting her journey, and have her write some posts? As we all know, posting on a forum is a tricky bit. She won't be posting in the political forums, LOL.