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A Quick Grain Mill Buying Guide

Grain mills can help you save loads of money on grains by allowing you to buy whole grains in bulk and grind your own instead of buying more expensive packaged pre-ground grains. It can also be healthier to grind your own whole grains fresh rather than grains that have been potentially treated with preservatives and left in storage for long periods of time. Choosing the right countertop grain grinder for you on eBay is a matter of looking at what you plan to use it for and how you prefer to grind your grains, among other factors.

Choosing between a manual and electrical grain mill

Perhaps the most fundamental distinction between different types of grain mills is whether they operate manually or require electricity. Electric grain mills are easier and quicker to operate, though they consume electricity. Manual grain mills save you the cost of electricity but require you to put in the physical effort to grind the grains yourself and can be much slower to produce the same yield of ground grains as their electric counterpart. Another factor to consider in choosing between manual and electric grain mills is your lifestyle and the decor of your home. For a more contemporary decor and technologically fueled lifestyle, an affordable electric grain mill for sale on eBay might be more suitable, while, for a more rustic, rural or natural lifestyle, a simple manual grain mill for sale may be more fitting.

Choosing between types of milling mechanisms

There are several mechanisms used for grinding grains, the two most common being burr and impact mills. Each of these types of grain or wheat mill is more suitable for different grains, be they softer or harder or wetter, drier or oilier. Each also functions slightly differently, whether grinding, crushing or beating the grain, to produce varying textures of milled grain between coarse and fine.

  • Burr mills - The most common type of new and used grain mill for sale on eBay, these operate using a pair of grinding plates, one fixed and the other powered to rotate. Whole grains are fed through a hole between the burrs to be milled one of two ways. In a stone burr, the grain is crushed, while, in a steel burr, the grain is sheared and broken.
  • Impact mills - These mills operate using two heads of stainless steel that each contain rows of sharp teeth. When spinning at high speeds, these teeth hammer, rather than grind, the grain dropped into their path.
Grain mill features

When looking at grain mills for sale, certain features to consider include:

  • Heat
  • Speed
  • Horsepower
  • Grinding plate
  • Noise