I want you to meet my new friend…a wonderful hand-powered GrainMaker® grain mill! In our quest to be self-reliant I started searching about two years ago for the perfect hand powered grain mill to meet the needs of a family our size.
After a few months researching, comparing, and praying for wisdom, the search narrowed to about three possibilities. I made phone calls and did more comparing.
It couldn’t be just any hand powered mill. We often need 10 cups of flour at once, so it had to be efficient and able to grind wheat berries, corn, rice and other grains in a relatively short period of time. I knew that if only adults could handle it, it wouldn’t work for us. Our children had to be able to operate it.
We needed a mill that would stand the test of time and hard use, and be designed to grind animal feed when necessary. I also wanted it to produce very fine flour, like my Whisper Mill does.
The mill that best fit the bill was the GrainMaker®, hand-crafted from welded steel with life-time guaranteed machined alloy steel (vs. cast) 5” burrs. It has a rotating handle on an extended bar with a fly wheel that can be used with a gas motor or bicycle power. Included is a second auger designed to break large or hard grains (animal feed!) and coffee or nuts (peanut butter!). It is produced by a home-educating, believing family in Montana.
I had looked hard at the Diamant for a few years, but the price was out of sight. The GrainMaker® is much more affordable and has full life-time warranty. The Country Living mill is a little cheaper than the GrainMaker®, but its burrs are smaller and slower with only a one year warranty, and it was uncertain whether children could operate it. Lehmans’ best mill grinds very fine flour, but the burrs are not as superior and it is difficult for children to handle.
For a year I saved pennies and was finally able to order my GrainMaker® right before the price was raised because of increased steel prices. It arrived just before we moved, so we only recently unpacked it.
I must say I am quite tickled so far. We have ground very fine flour and the children love taking turns grinding. After about 60 seconds of intense grinding we trade off. Great exercise! Even our youngest who is five enjoys a turn, although he fights the handle all the way around on a fine setting (the most difficult).
Just so you know, I do NOT get anything for sales, but I hope to become an affiliate when they make that an option. I’m happy my search is over, and I now have a valuable heirloom quality hand powered mill to pass on to our children.
P.S. Great news!! Yesterday we closed on a 20 acre property out in the boonies! Lord willing, it will become our new homestead! Later I’ll be posting more on that and how God worked it all out.
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