A thermal controller for komodo-style cooker based on the BeagleBone Black.
For the BBBBBQ, I want to have a single unit for everything. I hope to avoid using a microcontroller for the sensing and control and the BeagleBone Black merely for the web interface.
Even so, my first step was to build a HeaterMeter, Bryan Mayland's amazing, open source, BBQ controller based on the Arduino and Raspberry Pi (see the project page, shop page, and community page). I followed the very excellent instructions on the project page, and it is all working (see below; it can't be seen, really, but the fan is blowing).
I currently have it set up with a thermocouple pit sensor and a thermistor probe. I was pleasantly surprised to find that that my Medialink wi-fi USB adapter worked with the Raspberry Pi B, as it's not listed as "compatible hardware".
I'm working my way through Bryan's design and figuring out how it all fits together. If all I do is port a shadow of his design to the BeagleBone Black, I'll be happy.
My main question so far is "Why use OpenWrt instead of Raspbian?"