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This article was published on November 21, 2016

Google Home can light up your fireplace entirely hands-free

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Google might’ve only been shipping its smart speaker Google Home for a few weeks now, but early adopters are already finding inventive ways to put the device to use.

Redditor Hovee has devised a nifty setup for his apartment that conveniently lets him use his Home speaker to remotely turn on his fireplace – and it looks neat as hell.

Unfortunately, integrating your fireplace with your Home device isn’t exactly an easy task.

For starters, you’ll need a Raspberry Pi processor, a Global Cache iTach TCP/IP relay as well as a Google Assistant-connected IFTTT account. In addition to this, you’ll have to equip the Raspberry Pi processor with Home Assistant, and also install a few extra custom scripts and components to round up the setup.

Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is shout out the magic phrase ‘OK, Google’ to your Home device and politely ask its powerful new Assistant AI to turn on the fireplace – the smart speaker will take care of the rest.

For those interested in replicating the setup, Hovee has posted detailed instructions on Reddit where he explains how to integrate your fireplace with Google Home.

Check out how the awesome setup works in the video section above.