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Damian's picture

They say you're not supposed to, but...

Here's my electrified Back To Basics mill.  Another evening of camping and experimenting with 12 volts!

Electrified Mill

Electrified Mill top view


Mary Fisher's picture
Mary Fisher

Why not just turn a handle by hand? 

Doesn't use fossil fuel :-)


H20loo's picture

Solar charged battery? Its always interesting to see inventions whether born from necessity or just because you can.

caseymcm's picture

It's great that now you have the option of cranking by hand, OR using a tiny amount of electricity (probably less than the amount used by a computer to post on TFL!) to grind quickly when you are in a hurry and don't have all night to grind grain.  I understand the B2B mill takes up to 4 minutes per cup.

I myself would like a backup handle for my golden grain mill, but I'm sure glad I can quickly grind the grains I need to make healthy bread for my family.  With little kids, making the time to bake is the hardest part.

Damian's picture

It's my camping set up, and that includes 640 watts of solar and a wind turbine.  The motor/gearbox is from a Quickie P200 wheelchair, and runs half speed @ 12 volts.  The drive shaft is a 3/8 short socket extension.  Just fooling around with my toys.

OurHappyHomestead's picture

That's terriffic - I've seen quite a few setups and "inventions" when it comes to powering a grain mill, but I can't say I've ever seen someone motorize the Back to Basics mill!  It's always such a trade off when you have a hand crank mill, how long it takes to run... but the electrics are large and bulky and obviously impossible to use sans power...

I think that motorizing a hand mill is one of the better ways to go...



Hand Crank Grain Mill