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100-Year-Old Natural Stone Burr Mill Restored
“I bought a 100-year-old, 20-in. Meadows Mills natural stone burr mill, built in the early 1900’s for grinding corn, wheat and other grains. I paid $250 and then restored it back to working condition. The mill had been robbed of many parts, including the pulley and cam that operated the sifters. I found a pulley and made the cam using a 7/8-in. thick washer off a disk harrow. I also had to replace some of the wood framing on the encasement that surrounds the granite stones. The stone wheel was still in good shape, but I had to reset it in cement because it vibrates so much. I also dressed the stones with specially made hammers.
    I made a new bracket for the sifter, using the spring from an old recliner chair to provide tension. The spring that sets tension on the mill’s main shaft was missing, so I replaced it with the spring off a 3-wheeled golf cart.
    Sometimes I haul the mill on a trailer to our local town festival where people enjoy watching me make corn meal or flour. I use a flat belt pulley on an old tractor to power it.
    Meadows Mills quit making wooden encasements in the 1950’s when they switched to metal, and they were the last company to do so. They’re located in North Wilkesboro, N.C., and still make natural stone burr mills. They also restore old mills for customers or for resale (www.meadowsmills.com; ph 336 838-2282). (Wayne A. Beggs, 3378 Augusta Hwy., Lincolnton, Ga. 30817)

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2019 - Volume #43, Issue #3