ESP8266 - Gas Sensor Relay

This tutorial instructs you how to use the ESP8266, gas sensor and relay do activate the fan or siren when detecting the LPG, smoke, alcohol, propane, hydrogen, methane and carbon monoxide, or other flammable gasses.

Hardware Preparation

1×ESP8266 NodeMCU
1×Micro USB Cable
1×MQ2 Gas Sensor
1×Jumper Wires
1×(Optional) 12V Cooling Fan
1×(Optional) 12V Alarm Siren Horn
1×(Optional) 12V Power Adapter
1×(Optional) DC Power Jack
1×(Optional) ESP8266 Screw Terminal Adapter

Or you can buy the following sensor kits:

1×DIYables Sensor Kit (30 sensors/displays)
1×DIYables Sensor Kit (18 sensors/displays)
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Overview of Relay and MQ2 Gas Sensor

If you do not know about relay and MQ2 Gas Sensor (pinout, how it works, how to program ...), learn about them in the following tutorials:

Wiring Diagram

The wiring diagram between ESP8266 NodeMCU and MQ2 Gas Sensor Relay

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See more in ESP8266's pinout and how to supply power to the ESP8266 and other components.

ESP8266 Code

/* * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code was developed by * * This ESP8266 NodeMCU code is made available for public use without any restriction * * For comprehensive instructions and wiring diagrams, please visit: * */ #define DO_PIN D1 // The ESP8266 pin connected to DO pin of the MQ2 sensor #define RELAY_PIN D7 // The ESP8266 pin connected to relay void setup() { // Initialize the Serial to communicate with the Serial Monitor. Serial.begin(9600); // initialize the ESP8266 pin as an input pinMode(DO_PIN, INPUT); pinMode(RELAY_PIN, OUTPUT); Serial.println("Warming up the MQ2 sensor"); delay(20000); // wait for the MQ2 to warm up } void loop() { int gasState = digitalRead(DO_PIN); if (gasState == HIGH) { Serial.println("The gas is NOT present"); digitalWrite(RELAY_PIN, LOW); // turn off } else { Serial.println("The gas is present"); digitalWrite(RELAY_PIN, HIGH); // turn on } }

Detailed Instructions

To get started with ESP8266 on Arduino IDE, follow these steps:

  • Check out the how to setup environment for ESP8266 on Arduino IDE tutorial if this is your first time using ESP8266.
  • Wire the components as shown in the diagram.
  • Connect the ESP8266 board to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Open Arduino IDE on your computer.
  • Choose the correct ESP8266 board, such as (e.g. NodeMCU 1.0 (ESP-12E Module)), and its respective COM port.
  • Connect ESP8266 to PC via USB cable
  • Open Arduino IDE, select the right board and port
  • Copy the above code and open with Arduino IDE
  • Click Upload button on Arduino IDE to upload code to ESP8266
Arduino IDE Upload Code
  • Move your hand in front of sensor
  • See the change of relay's state

Code Explanation

Read the line-by-line explanation in comment lines of source code!

Video Tutorial


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