Is your gas meter outside, in a box on the ground? — Bulb Community

Is your gas meter outside, in a box on the ground?

Hi all. I'm looking to take advantage of a smart meter installation. One of the questions on the request page is as follows:

"Is your gas meter outside, in a box on the ground? Some outdoor meters are stored inside a box on the ground. They're often against a wall and have a sloped lid. They might have a pipe coming out of one side, and they're often brown."

Does anyone know which part about this is pertinent to a successful installation? My gas meter is outside, in a (grey) box as described, but is slightly above ground level and is perfectly accessible. Is it the proximity to the ground that is problematic, or the fact that it is outside? (I can provide a picture if that's of any use).

If anyone from Bulb can provide any more information that would be great, thank you!

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  • A picture would be useful for others to comment.
  • Picture as requested. My meter (excuse the resident spiders):


    However I've done some googling and I think that Bulb are referring to this kind of enclosure that isn't really compatible with their installation:


    I think I should be OK, but some input from Bulb would be helpful so I don't waste their time.

  • edited April 3
    Not Bulb myself but based on my installation, yours should be absolutely fine. The new meter is no larger than the meter you've got.

    I believe it's an issue with space in the semi-buried meter boxes but yours is easily as large as an in-wall meter box, which is a common install happening right now.
  • I live in a first floor flat and had to have my gas meter moved to the outside of the property where it now resides in a large white box alongside my downstairs neighbour's meter. The whole street had their gas meters moved externally, apparently to meet gas safety standards. My electric meter is still inside at the top of my stairs. Before joining Bulb I asked my supplier at the time to fit smart meters. The engineer duly arrived and told me it would not be possible as the meters are too far apart. The gas meter 'sends' it's reading to the electric meter, who then transmits it along with it's own reading to the supplier. The distance between the two meters was further than the gas meter signal could cope with. It may be a signal issue, which is why the supplier is asking the question before sending an engineer.
  • Hi Davfos,

    There’s no need to cancel your installation, your gas meter is compatible. Thanks for the photo, it’s really helpful.

    You’re right, the meter we were referring to is like the image you found via Google. They’re called ‘semi-concealed gas meters’, because the meter inside the box is partially below ground level.

    These are less common and require specialist equipment to replace. Siemens, our engineers, don’t have this equipment yet.

    Thanks for checking. Hope your installation goes well.
  • edited April 5

    Hi Davfos,

    There’s no need to cancel your installation, your gas meter is compatible. Thanks for the photo, it’s really helpful.

    You’re right, the meter we were referring to is like the image you found via Google. They’re called ‘semi-concealed gas meters’, because the meter inside the box is partially below ground level.

    These are less common and require specialist equipment to replace. Siemens, our engineers, don’t have this equipment yet.

    Thanks for checking. Hope your installation goes well.

    @Will at Bulb Is there a timeline for replacing meters as you describe "semi-concealed"? I have this type of gas meter which is a smart meter installed by Eon when I bought my house 6 years ago
  • I'm interested to know when you can support the "semi-concealed" type as I also have this. I believe many new build houses like mine are fitted with these. I don't understand why they require specialist tools as it seems pretty easy to me. Anyway, as these appear to be common, it would be nice to have some information when these will be supported.
    Thanks.
  • Is this one compatible ? I had a smart meter installed before albeit an older generation ...
  • It looks technically compatible but I don't think you can get a free SMETS2 meter if you already have a SMETS1 meter - you have to wait for the SMETS1 meter to be migrated to the DCC network.
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