I think the best results for staining black are achieved by first using black dye (1 or 2 applications - depends on the wood) then applying black wiping stain once the dye is dry. As always, try on a sample first... 🤔 If your considering other options, I use a similar tile in my master bathroom and we chose a white vanity cabinets with a greyish countertop. I'll see if I can find a picture.
There are also Insteon thermostats that will integrate with the entire Insteon family of home automation products. You're not tied to one vendor, since Insteon is an open standard. The downside is that you have to design the system and program it yourself. For me, the big choice was between a system that "learned" my schedule (Nest) vs one that I programmed. I'm capable of programming my thermostat, and when I've programmed it, I don't want it to change unless I decide to change it. I chose Insteon over Nest because I was already using Insteon light switches and motion detectors, and (at the time, several years ago) there were some bad reviews and I had some concerns about Nest. Nest has probably fixed a lot of the early problems, but I'd recommend googling and reading a lot of reviews.
Mike, if my memory serves me right, you have a 3hp grizzly DC. That called for a 40 amp breaker?? Again, I'm reading the specs for a Oneida pro 2000 5hp collector and they are saying 19.5 amp draw. This just doesn't make sense to me.
No problem. When ARS is done right, it just looks like wood with a sheen on it. If it looks like wood encapsulated by plastic, you've used too much. Finishing is always a compromise - a balancing act between appearance and protection. I tend to err on the aesthetic side because I'd rather my pieces look good. If they take a few extra dents because of it, so be it. Furniture gets used and pieces will be blemished. That's life. At least they'll look like wood. If I wanted plastic furniture I'd just shop at IKEA.