Review: WONDER JUNIOR HAND GRAIN MILL
If you’ve read my book “Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat” and or my blog post on selecting a grain mill then you already know, that I use the Corona hand grain mill for all of my day-to-day milling, it is a strong and well-built grain mill and for less than $100 it’s hard to beat.
However, I’ve never liked having to run the meal through the Corona several times to produce a usable fine enough flour for baking. That is one reason, I made my homemade sifter to speed up the process, but it was still always necessary to run the bulk of the flour through the mill two or more times.
I mill grain several time per week and needed a more efficient mill. I considered the Country Living Grain Mill but never could find enough extra change for the purchase. So I started looking for an alternative, I eventually decided to order the Wonder Mill Deluxe from www.thewondermill.com.
I’ve used the Wonder Mill for the past three weeks and so far I’ve been extremely pleased with my new mill. In fact, I think I have retired the my Corona and will be using the wonder mill deluxe exclusively. Yeah, it is that good…
I love the one piece construction of the mill and hopper. There is no separate hopper that can fall off during operation or any pins or clamps that could be lost. This is one thing, I never liked about the Corona as there has been several times the hopper has followed off during aggressive cranking of the handle.
Another big improvement over most hand grain Mills is the double clamping system used on the Wonder Mill, which is the strongest I’ve ever seen on any mill. When properly clamped to the table, I had no problems with the mill moving out-of-place or coming off during grinding.
However, since all of my grinding is done in the same place, I will likely remove the clamp altogether and bolt the Wonder Mill directly to the table. This will provide the strongest possible mill to table mounting system.
Another thing I loved about the Wonder Mill is the quick change head system that allows you to easily switch from grinding dry grains, beans and legumes to oily grains, nuts and even coffee in just a couple of minutes. The Wonder Mill Deluxe comes with both steel and stone grinding heads, which can be changed out in under one minute.
Weight: 10 pounds
Height: 12 ¾ inches (without clamp)
Hopper capacity: one quart
Crank handle: 10 inches
And best of all, the WonderMill produces an excellent, fine flour (with no sifting or re-grinding required) this saves a lot of time and effort. And fineness is easily adjusted using a simple knob to adjust from pastry flour to cracked grains.
In fact, 90% of flour files through the sifter screen after the first pass through the mill. Again, this is a huge improvement over the Corona. And because of the excellent bearing system, (that never needs lubricating) cranking the handle is much smoother.
The flour guide directs the falling flour into the catch pan or onto the screen without any mess around the milling heads or thrown flour on the table and floor. This is always been problem with the Corona, when grinding pieces of grain and flour would be thrown all over the place, one solution was to secure a plastic bag over the grinding head to catch the flour.
I do wish I had a Country Living Mill to compare against the WonderMill, I’m sure there would have been some interesting findings. The folks at WonderMill.com did perform a speed comparison between the two and according to their website:
“In a test performed at the WonderMill test kitchen, the Wonder Junior was able to grind 1 ¼ cups of flour in a single minute *80 turns* (see our video speed test). This is 65% (about 1/2 cup) more than we were able to produce with the Country Living grain mill with the same flour setting and the same amount of turns *80 turns*, and for half the price.”
I know what you’re thinking, it sounds great, but “can it be motorized” – yes it can. There is a motoring pulley is available that will allow you to do just that, however doing so will void the warranty. I only grind a small amount of flour at a time (why grind more than I need) I will not be adding a motor, but it is an option.
And your next question is probably going to be “what will it grind” – I’ve used it to grind wheat, corn and beans. It can also grind spices, herbs, oily grains, nuts and seeds – see WillItGrind.com for more info on what the WonderMill will grind.
Based on my tests, comparisons and use, I give the Wonder Junior Hand Grain Mill my highest recommendation. If you are looking for a hand grain mill this is the one you should get…