So the last thing I had on my to do list for this week was make the alcohol stove for the bug out box. Did I do it?
No! I was too busy building this!:
The mill is bolted to the stand (has to be bolted or clamped to a surface), and then we have the flour bin on the flour shelf, and then underneath it is the grain bin on the grain shelf.
Steve used it tonight to crack about a half pound of malted barley because tomorrow is a brew day.
So that's malted barley in the hopper there. He was well pleased with how it turned out. I was well pleased that he was well pleased. It really seems to be a great mill, and we're both really happy with it, which is important because we're both going to be using it for different purposes. I'll be milling flour with it, and he'll be cracking malted barley with it. Next fall he'll order a fifty-pound bag of malted barley and crack it at home, and this will bring his brew costs way, way down. He'll already ordered a couple pounds of hops direct from a hops grower in Washington, which he says will last until December in the freezer (he doesn't brew during the summer- it's too hot). The only other thing I might use it for is cracking corn for chickens, but first I have to get chickens, and then I have to get a corn and bean auger for it. If you're curious about that you can go the Country Living Grain Mills website and there's a video that shows how to install it.
One other thing I want to show you is that on the flour bin, we decided that having a cover with a hole in it for the flour to drop through would be a good idea to keep the dust down because we wanted to keep our mill in the house.
Some people mill in their garage because of the dust, but I'd rather clean up than have garage dust and spiders falling in my hopper, you know? We'll see how well it works when I grind our first flour, which will be a couple of weeks yet; the wheat is still doing thirty days in the freezer, which will kill anything that might have hopped aboard it, like weevils.
Tomorrow is Saturday, and I've a date with Rae and her mother-in-law KT to go to the Canby Master Gardener Show. This is my first Master Gardener show and I'm pretty excited about it. Then also this weekend, Steve and I are going to HD to get a big bunch of lumber and bring it home in a rented truck so that I can get started on the breakfast and dining nooks next week.
But I promise I'll get that stove put together soon, maybe Sunday even, because it's the lynchpin in the bug out box.
I guess that's really more a promise that I'm making to myself.