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Can Alexa turn my fireplace on?

I have a gas fire place controlled by a light switch. If I replaced the switch with a smart light switch would Alexa be able to control the fireplace?

Has anyone tried this and what kind of smart switch would you recommend?
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Nichole LaRue
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If it is just a simple switch and you can find a smart switch controlled by Alexa, then yes.

My gas fireplace is controlled by a thermostat inside the gas controller mechanism. Just be sure the switch is a simple two pole make/break arrangement.

Also make sure that switch is independent of the gas installer's work.
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Nichole LaRueMarketing OperationsAuthor Commented:
I'm also looking for recommendations on a good smart switch/brand to use for this. I have none at the moment, but plan to add more smart devices this year.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
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Lucas BishopClick TrackerCommented:
Pretty sure this switch is all you would need from a hardware standpoint:
http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F7C030/
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Shaun VermaakTechnical Specialist/DeveloperCommented:
Alternatively, I do all my automation with cheap ESP8266 chips instead of smartswicthes.

Here is an article of how to use it with Alexa to automate fireplace which is already controlled via remote. I would however not do it directly on remote, I would use relays
http://www.instructables.com/id/Alexa-Activated-Fireplace/
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Craig BeckCommented:
I'd use something like a Fibaro relay.  You can replace the light switch and use a blanking plate to cover the backbox.
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Nichole LaRueMarketing OperationsAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone. We're starting this weekend. John's comment about poles was helpful. I didn't think about that upfront, but my husband has it covered.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thanks for the update and I was happy to help. Good luck with setting up.
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