Friday, July 14, 2006

Scotte, Dor, Boink, Opop, BioComfort

Scotte - Dor -Opop - Boink - BioComfort - Boink Comfort

Pictured above is an Opop Boiler unit fitted with a Boink Pellet Burner Unit it has 100 step modulation. This is a common combination unit sold in Ireland. It is SEI grant approved. The 16Kw unit sells in Denmark. The price includes Boiler, Burner and Auger unit. It does not include a hopper unit.

Boilers and Burners

Boilers are the BIG thing, like a fridge, the Burner is a smallish unit bolted to the side or to the front of the Boiler. In Ireland there are various combinations of boiler and burner being sold as units.

The Opop Boiler (generally grey in colour) is very popular, as it the Dor Boiler unit (generally red in colour)

The Scotte and the Boink Burner units are very commonly fitted to either of the above boilers.

The Dor boiler is dearer than the Opop, as it can burn logs, and the Scotte burner is a bit more expensive than the Boink, though both offer 100 step modulation.


The Danish Retail price for the combination 16Kw unit is 20,400Dk plus tax. In our money thats €2734 plus 21% VAT. Now you will need to add a hopper unit to that price but hoppers can easily be built or locally made. The boilers are made in the Czech Republic and have to be shipped to Denmark. Shipping to Ireland would cost a bit extra so add say €200 extra to cover the longer shipping haul.

For fear I be accused of distorting the facts here is the site link:

Now lets add it all up - shall we? Combination Boink Boiler unit €2734, a locally made hopper unit say €200 and another €200 for the extra shipping. That gives us €3134 plus 21% VAT which is a total of €3793 inclusive of Irish VAT, transport and a locally made hopper unit.

There is no excuse for the price being much higher than this, other than there are cowboys, gombeen men, and gougers at work. If you are paying more you are being screwed!

A note on Hopper Units

A hopper is essentially a tin box with a tapered bottom end, like a funnel, into which the auger fits through an oval opening. Many of the supplied hopper units are way too awkward and big to fit into many boiler houses, and people end up modifying them anyway. The are also very over-priced.

A hopper would be a doddle for a DIY man with some angle iron and galvanised sheeting. The Hoppers generally supplied with the Opop/Boink or Opop/Scotte and the Dor/Scotte are square and tapered from the top, very wasteful of space and basically poor design. They are also not covered at the top. For safety it would seem to me to be a good idea to cover flammable fuel. A simple metal lid on the box would be a useful safety feature and not add much to the cost. It would also keep dirt, mice and other stuff out of the pellets.

Some more prices

Danish retail price of the Opop Boink 24Kw unit is 21,400Dk or €2868 plus VAT.

The 30Kw unit for big houses is priced at 24,400Dk or €3272 plus VAT.

The Boink Comfort 16Kw high efficiency unit is 24,400Dk or €3272 plus VAT.

The Boink Comfort 24Kw is 25,400Dk or €3406 plus VAT. Do the same bit of math as for the unit detailed above adding in extra transport, a hopper, and VAT and if you are being charged muich more than this, you are being screwed!

Scotte Burners and Dor Boilers

Sometimes the Opop Boilers are fitted with a Scotte Burner or a BioComfort Burner. The Scotte burner units are a little bit more expensive - but not a lot. Sometimes a Dor boiler is sold with a Scotte Burner. The Dor Boiler is a little bit more expensive than the Opop boiler.

Excellent German Price for Scotte Dor

A German retail company are selling on Ebay a Scotte Dor combination with Auger AND a Lambda control unit a very good deal for €2815 plus VAT thats €3406 inclusive of 21% Irish VAT. Now you do need to add in extra transport and the cost of a hopper unit but that is a very good price. Considering the better boiler unit the Dor and the better burner unit the Scotte and a Lambda unit are all included. The site link is:
Tell him I sent you ;-)

Keep the faith!

1 comment:

Des Gruntled said...

Thanks for your info. I concur completely with your comments on being ripped off. In Northern Ireland we can get a grant from Action Renewables of up to £3250 or 50% of the cost of a wood pellet system. However a typical system is coming in at over £5000. The installers are making a fortune and we have to go to them for the install or we can't get the grant. Something should be done about this.