Best Manual Hand Grain Mill Choices For Wheat – Flour – Grains

I’m going to give you a recommendation for the best manual hand grain mill. Actually, I’ll provide three recommendations.

(This post has been updated to reflect current information and hand grain mill availability. There are lots of great comments below too.)

Most people use them to grind grain (wheat berries) into flour.

“Why in the world would I want to do all that work by hand with a manual grain mill, if I could just use an electric mill instead?”

Answer: For preparedness sake! No electricity? No problem!

Learning to use a hand grain mill to grind wheat berries into flour (the most popular use) is a rewarding process. It’s for the preparedness-minded, or anyone who’s interested in making their own healthy bread from scratch!

There are quite a range of prices for various hand grain mills. The question is, what’s the right one for you?

Here are three recommendations. The first one is very expensive (for good reasons), while the others are more affordable, yet good choices.

Manual Hand Mill | Best Grain Mill?

I am going to start with what many consider to be the best manual hand grain mill on the planet. Well, one of the best… It sure is popular. And it sure is expensive! I purchased this one many years ago. It will most certainly outlive me.

Country Living Hand Grain Flour Mill

The best hand mill for heavy duty use

Country Living Hand Grain Flour Mill
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Among the top-of-the-line hand grain mills on the market is this one, the Country Living Hand Grain Flour Mill.

It will literally last generations and is built with the highest quality. It is very pricey (now it’s over $500), as of this writing. But it’s one of the best hand grain mills out there in my opinion… I can personally attest to its quality of materials and durability.

  • Made of solid, cast aircraft aluminum
  • Made entirely in the USA
  • FDA Approved Food Grade Powder Coating
  • Double Sealed Industrial Grade Ball Bearings
  • Cast Iron V-Groove Flywheel
  • High Carbon Steel Grinding Plates
  • Adjustable – From Cracked Grain to Cake Flour
Country Living Hand Grain Mill

Quality Materials

If you will be using the mill frequently, then it will be very important to choose quality construction that will hold up to the test of usage and time. Many of the cheaper hand grain mills have reviews that indicate problems of one variety or another after a relatively short period of time. This may or may not be an issue depending on your intended usage.

The phrase, “you get what you pay for”, is often true! Unfortunately it means paying a higher price to get a product that’s very good, and even more money for a product considered to be “great!”.

Grind To A Fine Flour

If you will be milling wheat (wheat berries) to make flour for bread, you will want to be sure that the grain mill will grind the wheat berries into fine flour.

[ Read: Why You Should Mill Your Own Flour From Wheat Berries ]

When grinding hard white or red wheat, does a manual hand mill grind it as fine as what you buy from a prepackaged flour?

Some hard grains must be ground twice. Depends on the mill and the grinder setting. You can regrind until you get the flour as fine as you wish. On each pass you tighten the adjustment to a level to where you can turn the wheel comfortably.

Grinding / milling your own flour is ‘work’ and it takes awhile to process the wheat berries into flour. Some mills are better at it than others. However the results will be unbelievably delicious and healthy!

Many cheaper hand flour mills are inadequate when it comes to grinding to a fine consistency, although many claim that they do. Read the product reviews and they will usually reveal the “real world” experiences and results from people who have used them.

Regarding the Country Living hand mill, one reviewer said, “After 7 years, this mill still works perfectly. While very pricey, this thing is built like a tank, and performs perfectly. This will be the last grinder you will ever need.” They’re absolutely right about that…

Deluxe Hand Crank Grain Mill – Now Named “Roots & Branches”

Roots & Branches grain mill


Deluxe Hand Crank Grain Mill
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It seems that nearly every manual hand grain mill priced around $50 has generally poor reviews. Personally, I wouldn’t bother with any of them. However spending just a little bit more (~ closer to$100), as of this writing, will get you a much better product!

The “Deluxe Hand Grain Mill” (VKP1024) has a decent size hopper, an adjustable knob for coarse-to-fine grind, replaceable milling cone, table clamp, and optional electric motor add-on.

This one is a step above being “entry level”. Although I don’t own this model, people seem to like it. Probably just fine for occasional use.

One reviewer said, “I bought this grinder with the motor in 2013 and it is still going strong, although there are some design issues to deal with when you use the fine grind setting. Wheat berries frequently jam the narrow grinding chute and the berry load has to be stirred to break up the jam.”

Wonder Junior Deluxe by Wondermill Hand Grain Mill

One of the best hand mills, Wonder Junior Deluxe

Wonder Junior Deluxe by Wondermill
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This manual hand grain mill is a quality choice and is very popular.

Photo of their most current model (red)…

The WONDERMILL hand grain mill is very popular and well reviewed.

It may be the best mix of value for quality and price. This hand mill comes with stone heads and stainless steel burr heads to accommodate different conditions. And it will grind fine flour (and everything else) without issue.

It is heavy duty. It will grind “almost all grains, seeds, beans, and nuts”. Comes with both the Standard Auger and a Masa/Nut Butter Auger (can you say, “homemade peanut butter”?!

A locking adjustment knob lets you set ultra-fine flour all the way to a super coarse cracked grain setting.

It’s pricey though (~ $300), as of this writing. But will no doubt hold up to more heavy use. Fortunately it does have a limited lifetime warranty, should anything go wrong (peace of mind).

For those who may be interested in an electric grain mill, Mrs. J and I have been using this one for years and have been very happy with it:

NutriMill High Speed Grain Mill
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[ Read: An Electric Flour Mill For Your Own Homemade Breads ]

[ Read: Wheat Berries | Varieties: Hard, Red, White, Soft ? ]


  1. I started grinding my own wheat more than six years ago, using the Wondermill Jr. Hand unit. It operates well and for the money was a good choice for me meeting my needs and budget. After a year of hand grinding, my spouse decided to upgrade me at Christmas one year and surprised me with the NutriMill. I love this unit because it saves me time and it does a wonderful job getting the flours the consistency I want. There is a learning curve on grinding no matter which model you buy, as well as a learning curve learning how to make your own bread and which wheats you wish to use.

    The other surprise I received that Christmas was the Bosch bread mixer, which I also love. I almost burned up my spouse’s Kitchenaide mixer trying to do two loaves of dough with it. It also did a poor job on large cookie dough batches. So I have been using the Bosch and the NutriMill, which were offered as a two for one price deal that year and love them both!

    Everyone absolutely loves the bread that is made using these machines! There is no comparison to the taste of freshly ground wheat…and you get none of the additives that were making me and my family sick when we ate bread from the store.

    I liked having the security of the hand mill knowing I could make bread no matter the electric situation, but I enjoy the convenience of having the electric mill. Good article Ken! It took a lot of research when I was getting into this trying to find what would work best for our family.

    1. I’m in total agreement that the NutriMill and Bosch are the way to go. We have two of the hand grinders as well and haven’t
      experienced problems or failures. Even a small gas or solar generator will keep us in the bread making business if the grid
      goes down.

      Amazon sells nearly every thing but they are not our friend. We try to shop locally so as to starve the beast. ACE Hardware is
      a good place to start.

      1. Starving the beast was a good ideology back when Ross Perot was talking about NAFTA destroying the country, but now, I don’t really care. The system is going to explode so logging onto Amazon to make my life easier, save on gas, time, etc., is the way to go. But Yeah, I do see your point, just not now.

  2. I enjoy your blog Ken, thanks for all the insight. I bought one of the Corona mills made in Columbia. I chose it because of the cast iron/tin plating construction and the price is near the low end of your scale. I only use it to grind corn for grits and meal. It makes great coarse ground cornbread! It is easy to use once you get past the initial learning curve of assembly and grinding in general.

    Since I live in Texas Suburbia, corn gives me the best grain yield from my small garden plots. I have therefor committed to storing only corn as a grain source and knowing as much as possible about growing and cooking with it. I know I couldn’t grow enough to sustain my family indefinitely, but growing as much as you can exponentially increases the amount of time my stored food would last. Besides, cornbread and beans is a great meal!

    As a side note, if your readers have not started gardening, at least on a very small scale, they should keep in mind that the learning curve is huge! Even with proper research and perfect timing, it still takes a minimum of 2-3 years to gain enough knowledge/experience to grow the correct varieties in your area.

    1. @ Crazylegs

      You are so absolutely correct on the Gardening, AND you need to learn your area as far as temp and rainfall…

      Great Point

    2. Crazy leggs,,,
      On your corn, does it need to be treated like you would for making masa? The lime and all the soaking etc? Or do ya just grind it up to make your corn flour and grits? Corn is one of the few grains i have had good luck growing and i am trying to figure out the uses and process, 😎👍🏻

      1. Nailbanger, I don’t know what Crazylegs will say about how he works with his corn but nixtamalization, soaking corn in lime or lye to remove the outer coating of the kernel actually increases the nutrition and digestibility of corn. There’s a serious disease, pellagra, that affects people whose diet consists primarily of non-nixtamalized corn. Corn flour, cornbread and grits (polenta for any Italians out there) are fine if your diet includes other sources of niacin. In a prolonged survival situation which featured a diet composed primarily of corn nixtamaliztion would be a necessity. This would also be a factor in the type of mill you would need. A mill with stone burrs would not be able to grind wet, nixtamalized corn without damage to the stones. His Corona mill has steel or cast iron burrs and would work fine for making masa from wet kernels.

        1. JustAnOldGuy,
          Thank you, that was exactly what i was wondering and exactly what I was thinking, if the diet is diverse and the corn is used just to make occasional chips or cornbread,
          But i guess i need to add food grade lime to the stuff i have stacked away, just to be safe,

          1. Local Mexican markets will have it generally under the name “Cal” for calcium hydroxide, and it’s also available in the canning supplies at super markets as “Pickling Lime”. There’s a bunch of YouTube videos on the process. Lye will also work, but it’s hard to find food grade lye. You can do what the old-timers and the Mesoamericans who invented it did and use lye made from wood ashes. The ashes should come from hardwood – no bbq briquette stuff. Believe you me you ain’t had cornbread til you’ve had it made with freshly ground corn. But remember once it’s ground the oils in the kernels will go rancid very quickly so only grind what you’re going to use right away.

    3. The Rolls Royce of grinders: the GrainMaker (dot com), made in Stevensville, MT. Warning: it’s NOT cheap!

      1. Yep, seems like that’s the one. Too much $ for my blood though ;) But if you’re really, really into it, and can afford it…

  3. Hi Ken
    About a year ago you wrote an article on grinding and the wife decided to give it a try. We purchased a NutriMill, it is a great mill but extremely loud, the wife leaves the room when I’m using it. She makes great bread though. She bakes small peace’s of smoked garlic in the bread for me, I get hungry just thinking about it. Thanks for the good advice Ken.

    1. Yes, very loud and bothers the spouse so I moved it to the basement kitchen area and do my grinding down there. It is convenient since I keep the grains there in gamma lid buckets.

  4. We’ve been grinding our own grain for several decades and over the years have acquired and used several different mills. This, like everything else I suppose, is strictly a personal preference as there are many different grinders available. Finding the one that fits you can get expensive. I would suggest read as many reviews as you can. Many product reviews are padded with good reviews, so pay close attention to ALL of the negative reviews. A negative review doesn’t necessarily mean the product is bad and some even reflect the stupidity of the user but, some of the negative reviews are very instructive.
    We use, or have used:

    Wonder mill, electric. Used weekly for grinding fine flour for baking bread. Have gone through a couple of these. Also have another one still in the box for backup.

    Champion Juicer w/grain attachment. Used about once every 4 to 6 months for cracking grains for cereals and for making corn meal. Originally bought this in the mid 1980’s to use as a juicer but now use it only for cracking grain for cereal.

    Country Living hand mill. Used several times for cracking grain and making corn meal but now it is just an emergency backup. Too labor intensive for weekly use and doesn’t grind fine enough for making fluffy bread. It can be rigged up to an electric motor however and works especially well if you use an old lathe drive pulley that has three different belt channels for adjusting the speed. Never-the-less, it is really a nice, heavy duty grain mill for when SHTF.

    Excalibur stone grind mill. Inherited. Used a few times but it doesn’t grind fine enough and too much grit sloughs off the grinding wheels into the flour, which doesn’t do my old teeth any good. Don’t use it any more. It’s in the shed collecting dust.

    Nutrimill grain mill. Ran hot, didn’t grind fine enough, the flour channel from the grinders kept clogging up. It finally burned out so we threw it away.

    Grain mills in my life represent either expensive experiments or over-kill, like everything else I do. You can never have too many grain mills, or money, or bullets, or cans of beans, or gardens… Man, this prepping thing can overwhelm you if you are not careful… sometimes I feel like a one-eyed dog in a meat house trying to figure out what to get, use, eat or shoot next. ;)

    1. @ CrabbeNebulae

      “Man, this prepping thing can overwhelm you if you are not careful”

      That is very true, BUT it seems you, like myself, this is a “lifestyle” we enjoy, not a fad prepper thing….

      Thanks for the reviews on the Mills


      PS; Or…. TP…. HAHAHAHA

      1. @ NRP

        Thanks… It definitely is a lifestyle and I wouldn’t change a thing or have it any other way.

        Now TP… that is something I left off my list… thanks for reminding me. You can never have too much TP. Most folks, including me take it for granted but actually, that’s probably the single most important discovery/invention since cave people discovered fire!! I certainly would not enjoy going back to using my hand, or sticks, corn cobs, Sears & Roebuck catalog pages, news papers and leaves. That would truly suck!! My daddy told me one time that when he was a kid they used 2 red corn cobs and one white to see if the red one’s did the job. Don’t know if he was joking but we did have a couple neighbors who had out houses and used chamber pots but even THEY had TP!!

        1. I grew up in northwest Florida and we got the SAME story from my grandpa regarding the corn cobs! :)) Must either be true, OR a very widely used yarn.

          P.S.- Thank you guys for all the info.

  5. I have a few mills, my favorite is my grainmaker #99
    Also have a Retsel with stone burrs, makes a nice fine pastry flour,
    Most inexpensive yet functional was the Lehmans own i first got, no belks or whistles but will get the job done

    1. @ Nailbanger

      A friend has one of the GrainMaker® Grain Mill Model No.116 @ $1200 a long way out of my price range, but it’s a very VERY nice unit..

      I’m thinking on the #99 like you have


      1. Wont regret it, i just ordered the huller for it, am thinking of getting the motor kit too but thinking about improvising and making a DC setup so can run on 12v, all that cranking is tiring!

      2. I watched craigslist for a year or more and finally a #99 was there. I paid $300. I love this mill, so well built. Best wishes.

  6. Ours is electric(Magic Mill)made in the late 1970’s, noisy. It has a selection for creating finer flour, but I can not tell the difference when it is processed. Have to take it outside due to the noise level and of course the fine flour residue that comes off the machine. Outside I do not have to dust place, well except for me. lol

    There is a mom & pop flour mill that sells a hand grinder made in Idaho, have test driven the unit, smooth easy to use. Same one has been on display for years and still like new, even with the kids coming in to give it a try. It does have different burrs for different grains, cost is about $170.00.

  7. I do not have a mill yet. But one that I noticed, The Family Grain Mill, by Messerschmidt could perhaps be a viable option. Can be used electrically or manually. Attaches (w/an adapter) to Bosch or KitchenAid. Has anyone here used one of these?

    1. @ CR

      I have a KitchenAid KGM Stand-Mixer Grain-Mill Attachment, I really like it for an electric add on unit to my KitchenAid mixer unit.. $94 not to bad

      I’m in the market for one of those High Dollar hand units tho. BUT $1200 for what I want OUCH!!!!!!


      1. NRP

        Did side by side comparison on the grainmill#99 & 116 you, CR & Nailbanger were discussing.
        The one for $1,200 vs the $600, for what you receive in the construction style of the grinder, personally would purchase the $600 unit. As a woman, I see little benefit in acquiring the more expensive unit for such little gain. JMHO

        Guess this will be added to the wish list, it is pretty.

        1. @ Antique Collector

          I am leaning the same as your thinking; the 99 unit will be more than what I would need in a hand crank model, and the extra $600, that’s a LOT of Wheat Berries I could get… LOL

          “it is pretty”, ahhhhhh boy… ROFLMAO


  8. We have a Country Living mill and love it!! It takes a few minutes to hand-grind our wheat berries and if I want superfine flour, I give it a double-pass. Since we use ours all the time, it is bolted to our kitchen island where I enjoy seeing its presence.

    Some people have complained that there is a serious work-out with a manual mill. No…it is NOT a serious work-out….it’s a manual hand-grinder. You only use a hand-cranking motion in a stationary position, it’s not a full-body, strength-training machine. I suppose if you can’t walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded, don’t get a hand-cranker! LOL

    1. “it is bolted to our kitchen island where I enjoy seeing its presence.”

      I agree! It is a work horse and a nice looking kitchen tool.

      1. About 30 years ago we got a Corona mill. It was good for cracking corn, that’s what we used it for.

        Decided to upgrade and bought the “Our Best Mill” from Lehman’s, I think that’s what they called it back then (1997). It was a huge upgrade from the Corona, but I usually ran the wheat through twice to get it to a nice fine flour.

        Then about 4 years ago we splurged and got the Country Living Mill, which is by far my favorite and the easiest to grind of the 3 we own. Ours is also bolted to a heavy wood counter in our kitchen, I grind flour at least twice a week. It grinds the flour nice and fine. I grind spelt, soft white wheat, buckwheat, and rye just this morning to make a fresh loaf of rye for St. Patrick’s Day.

        1. Will you give us your rye recipe? Still trying to find that perfect one for rye and pumpernickel.

          1. I used to make this recipe with spelt flour, but it was too dense.
            I’ve been making it with bread flour and whole ground rye flour, my family likes this version better.

            Rye Bread- makes 1 loaf

            2 c. bread flour or all purpose flour
            1 c. ground rye
            1 T. non fat dry milk powder
            1 t. salt
            1 T. butter
            2-1/4 t. instant yeast
            2 T. honey
            1 T. caraway seeds
            1 c. warm water

            Place all ingredients in a bowl.
            Using a dough hook, mix for about 8-10 minutes, should form a nice ball, or hand knead for 10 to 20 minutes.
            If too wet add more flour if too stiff add a little water and mix a little longer until incorporated.
            Place in a greased bowl,cover and let rise.
            Stir or punch down every 20 minutes for 60 minutes.
            Gently turn dough on floured surface, form a oval or round loaf.
            Place on greased cookie sheet or parchment paper on a pizza peel if using a pizza stone.
            Brush loaf with egg wash. Let rise about 40 minutes (depending how warm the kitchen is) this may be shorter or longer.
            You can also make a few slashes on the top of the loaf while it is rising.
            Loaf is ready to put in oven when it is almost doubled. Note: When you think it has risen enough, use your finger to make a small dent on the side of the loaf. If the dent remains, the bread is ready to bake. If it springs back it needs to rise a little longer.
            Bake at 375 degrees F., for 45 minutes. (You may need to adjust the time. I live at about 4500′ elevation, most things take longer to cook here.)
            Let cool on rack.

    2. @ Modern Throwback

      I agree about not being a workout. On the other hand, in my case, our kitchen is small and we don’t have room to set it up permanently, plus wife makes 2 loaves of bread every week and the Wonder Mill fits perfectly under the cabinet on the counter. The Country Living Mill IS nice but impractical for our tight quarters. The grinding part is a piece of cake but using it is labor intensive because whenever we have used the Country Living Mill I have to drag it out, set it up on the back porch, on a clear non-windy day and then spend 30 minutes cleaning it and tearing it down to pack up after I’m through grinding.

  9. The Illinois State Game Commissioner I worked with found an old native grind mill along the Illinois river. It was of a 1 1/2′ tall cylinder granite pedestal with a smooth cup carved out of the top and had a large smooth oval stone to grind grains. It was dated as 1000-1400 AD, and probably ground all the grains for a small tribe. It had to be from the north great lakes region because granite didn’t exist in central Illinois, probably taken in conquest or traded for someone’s daughter. The natives skeletons of that time period showed their teeth ground down with the introduction of grinding stones and domestic grains. That was the first grinding mill I ever saw and was able to touch.

    I have Wondermill Jr. I used to grind wild raspberry, sumac, wild grape, and lambs quarter seeds. It is a workout for large amounts but what I use it for are small portions. When you see some of what these ground seeds are selling at, it is much cheaper to find and grind your own for free.

    The seeds are dried for a couple weeks before I grind them, sometimes I leave the fruit clingers dried to them because picking them out is too much of a chore. It gives the fruit seed powder a bit of the fruit taste. The Staghorn sumac seeds (or fruit they call it) have a lemony-tart covering on them and are ground when dried. None of these seeds are sticky to mess up the grinder when rinsed and dried well.

    I haven’t ground wild rice into powder yet with my mill, but if I do, they will be the cheaper broken pieces. I have some ground made into flour for pancakes and it is great. Wild rice is really a large grass seed, not a rice.

    1. I remember reading about the Nazi’s invading Poland and confiscating all of the wheat. Then to discourage personal use they confiscated all of the grinding stones. I forget what they called them but essentially the farmers were hand grinding their wheat in the same fashion as the Indians who used the stone you described. Being caught with the implements was a death penalty.

  10. @CR

    I have a Family Grain Mill I bought through Lehman’s about
    5 years ago and am happy with it. At the time I ordered it
    Lehman’s had a chart showing the ease of grinding for all of
    the grain mills they sold. This one was rated easiest to grind
    so I bought it. I don’t consider it a workout to use.

    I only grind enough berries at any one time to get exactly two
    cups of flour for a small loaf. I use a used bread machine only
    on the dough setting then bake free form or in bread pans. It was
    easier for me to do this for practicing on various grains, adding
    other items to the dough, and for general learning purposes. When
    my experiment hasn’t turned out, then it’s only a little mistake!

    It’s fun and I’ve been happy with the mill. I don’t consider it
    hard to turn but remember I’m working on smaller amounts at the

  11. @Ladywest, thanks, sounds like w/the flaker mill, processor, and meat grinder. While being adaptable to Bosch, and KitchenAid. Along with the electric or manual option, and I read that a child can grind with it. Sounds like a choice worth considering. As long as you don’t use a lot of pastry flour,and you don’t need to grind for a large number of people. How about the noise factor, has anyone ever used The Family Grain Mill via electrical operation?

  12. At the moment we are not storing berries but do have a lot of popcorn. Is that usable as ground meal? DW brought home a Back to Basics 555 last fall that doesn’t look like it was ever used. She got it at one the local thrift stores for $6.99. She’s always coming home with great stuff!

  13. I have a Grain Maker No. 99 I love it. Did a lot of reading all over the place before I made the purchase. It was pricey. I believe it was worth it though. I’ve only used it to grind hard white and red wheats so far. Prefer the hard white wheat for making bread. Flour turns out terrific. Takes a little work to grind but I don’t have it bolted down yet. Just clamped to a table. I can grind my flour in just a few minutes and my arm is not tired out. It’s also nice looking so that I don’t mind leaving it out all the time.

    1. I also have the GrainMaker #99. What a great machine. LOVE IT.

      I got it in red to match my kitchen and hubby bolted it to the counter for me. :)

      Splurged and got my name engraved on it. It is advertised as an heirloom item. I warned the family, if I pass on don’t you dare sell it at a garage sale for $10.00!

      I use it for wheat and corn flour.

    2. Mine is clamped to the counter also. It stays out and the angle of the crank handle is just right. Make short work of hard white wheat. I grind oats too for my bread and add oat bran. oats do better when toasted slightly. Great mill add the dust cover is very helpful. Have ground several types of grains.

  14. Wow, I just found this post but wanted to share my find. I was looking for a mill to add to my preparedness holdings. I researched and researched and decided on a hand mill (Wonder Mill Jr) in case we have a power down situation and because I only do about two loaves of home made einkorn sourdough a month. We eat too much if I make more. Of course I would do more in SHTF and do have wheat berried stored. So I started saving my pennies so I could pay cash as we always do.

    Now, I am not a great thrift store shopper but do venture in once in awhile, the day after I made my decission as to exactly what I wanted I was in a Thrift shop here in town and low and behold there on the shelf was a Wonder Mill Jr. for $10.00 bucks. That thing went in my basket so fast it would have made anyone proud. I looked for grinding stones or blades but didin’t find any extra just those on the mill. I went to the cash register without looking for anything else because I was afraid someone would come up and tell me the mill was priced incorrectly. When I got to the cashier she asked me what the “contraption” was as they had no idea what to price it because no one knew what it was or how to use it. My statement, “well, let me pay for it first then I’ll tell you what it is and how to use it.” Done! $10.00 Wonder Mill Jr. The cashier did say next time they would probably price it a little higher.

    Next part of the story. The stone grinders were in excellant condition but I wanted the stainless steel blades also–$56.00 prime through Amazon.

  15. We have and like the Victorio because you can hand grind or use the motor which goes on simply by slipping it over the shaft.

  16. I have a Wondermill Jr. and I would consider using it as a bit of a workout. I put it away to use only for power outages. I would crank for a few minutes, go do something else -repeat. Also ran the wheat berries through twice. I also have a Champion juicer with a grain attachment. It does about as good a job as the Wondermill jr and a lot less work since it is electric. : ) ! Also run the berries through it twice. So. Both do an okay job but I have never gotten a really fine flour out of either of them.
    Note: I did not have the Wondermill bolted down but had it clamped to a desk- could make a difference on how easy or hard to crank.

  17. I started with the Victorio then got a nutrimill which I love, I also have an All American ( from the 70’s no plastic anywhere, Don’t think they even make them anymore) that my aunt gave me. I would like to get a better hand mill would hate to have to grind all my wheat with the little Victorio.

  18. Today is my bread day and the wheat doesn’t grind itself.
    Adieu friends and health to all!

  19. My wife and I looked at every mill American and foreign made that was available. When all was said and done country living was the one we picked. A little pricey but in the middle of SHTF this unit will not fail you. We ordered the flywheel and the corn, bean bier. First and foremost bolt this big heavy bad boy down to the counter. I built a bread table with a heavy copper sheet top. My honey bunny has everything she needs to make bead in one place. Lower part of the table has a bin for flower and a bigger one for wheat berries. Talked to a LDS family also about mills. She told us every time one of her three daughters married she gave her Country Living mill to them as a wedding gift. She said the one she has now will go to her first grand daughter when she gets married.

  20. I own the first 2. The deluxe works okay with wheat berries though it takes a lot of work to grind a few cups of flour,it won’t grind corn though. That’s why I bought the wonder mill Jr. Haven’t used it yet as I don’t have a lot of time to bake fresh bread but now that winter is here I’m hoping to get to it.

    1. Poorman
      Happen to be checking out items on * bay and someone was selling their Country Mill for half the price. Brand new, never used, that is where I will look when I am unable to locate it on a certain on line listing.

      As Ken states the Grain Mill 99 is rather pricy and out of many of our budgets. Then there is “will I use it enough” to spend that kind of money on this item.

  21. I have a very cheap hand mill that I brought for emergency’s it sort of grinds wheat lol
    . I started making my own bread 6 or 7 years ago and soon decided to grind my own flour using an electric mill and a bread machine not just because the hand crank was hard work but time on the job is minimal . American goods are very expensive here so purchased a German mill that stone grinds called a fidibus 21 . I make 3 to 4 small (2 cup of flour ) loafs a week and this machine just keeps going . If I had to use the hand mill in an emergency I would after I had explored all other options :)

    1. ohh and the fidibus 21 is by no means quite but less noisy than most electric mills i have seen .

  22. I still stand by the Grainmaker, excellent mill, i also have a Retzel with stone burrs, will grind an exceptional fine pastry flour from soft white wheat, definitely need fine screens

  23. So appreciate all the comments. In prepping social media group someone recommended Country Mill. I haven’t got anything yet; am overwhelmed with info. So this all helps. My concern is the need to bolt something down. I did see instructions on amAz0n although totally boycott them – a reviewer had posted instructions.
    For prepping also recommend SunOven. Haven’t used yet but glad to have because only needs sunshine to cook/bake; is made in USA and neighbor got –made eggs with no water and were yummy.

  24. What about KOMO and Mockmill? Friend has Nutrimill and says it’s a pain because it’s hard to close; must be oiled; needs to be cleaned, and says it’s better to have a mill where you get the flour poured into your own bowl for ease of cleaning/convenience. She wants to get KOMO. I heard online/in groups Country Mill was a prepper’s best friend and has long warranty but it needs some fussing to work- bolt it down, get extensions, another extra purchase for the motor, etc etc.

    1. Sue in soCal
      There is the Grainmaker grain mill 99 which is made in Montana. Price may be close to the same as the one you are looking at. Found a video of these 99 mills if you want to check it out before you purchase the one you are inquiring about. There is also the Country Mill grinder you may wish to inspect for your needs.

      I have a grinder from the local flour mill it was $170.00 made in Utah, not as fancy as the 99.

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