Flour Mills?

Anyone have any good info or recommendations for hand powered flour mills?




flour mills

Years ago we bought a Retsel stone mill, fitted to connect to an electric motor. I bought the long hand crank for an extra $8. When I tried it I found that it was difficult to fasten the mill securely enough to turn the crank handle without shifting the mill itself. When I figured this out, I found that it was so tiring that I didn't do it. I quickly connected a 1/4 horse electric motor from an old wringer washing machine to the mill, and it worked well for many years. It still works well, but slowly and noisily. A couple of years ago I bought an electric mill - a Nutrimill. It's much quicker, but sounds like a jet engine for a couple of minutes. It's also nearly all plastic. When it quits working, I'll go back to the Retsel.

I have a roller mill, mostly for oats. It's simply two rollers held close together. Turning one with a small crank rolls the grain and flattens it. Putting it through again makes it into flour. If I didn't bake a couple of loaves at a time, or didn't have electricity, I'd consider using the grain roller to make flour. It isn't terribly hard to turn, but it's a bit slow. It's also very quiet.

Hope this is helpful.

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KoMo Fidibus

Our stone mill is fantastic - quick and quiet. Uses very little power.
it wasn't cheap, but then it's not cheap either ;-)