Country Living Grain Mill Owner’s / User Manual

The Country Living Grain Mill has been widely regarded as the world’s finest hand operated grain mill for more than 35 years.

This warranty is a Limited Warranty as defined in the Consumer Product Warranty and the Federal Trade Commission Improvement Act. It gives you specific legal rights and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state.

LENGTH: Country Living Products warrants this Country Living Grain Mill to be free from defects in material and workmanship under NORMAL USE and conditions for the lifetime of the original owner which includes all parts, excluding the finish. The grinding plates are warrantied for a period of one (1) year from the original date of purchase. This warranty is voided during this period if the mill is used in any way other than recommended, is motorized by anything other than the kit manufactured by Country Living Products, run without grain in the hopper, or used commercially.

REGISTRATION: The Warranty Registration Card must be completed and mailed to Country Living Products, 14727 56th Ave. NW, Stanwood, Washington 98292, within fifteen (15) days from the date of purchase. This proof of purchase, along with purchase date, must be on file when requesting warranty service.

WARRANTY CLAIMS: You must receive verbal or written authorization from Country Living Products to return the mill, plates, or any defective part. This can be obtained by writing or calling us at the address or phone number included with these instructions. Returned mills or mill parts must be shipped freight prepaid to an authorized service center specified by Country Living Products. The return shipping cost to the consumer will be the responsibility of Country Living Products.

SHIPPING DAMAGE: Damage due to shipping should be reported immediately to the carrier. Damage caused in shipping is not the responsibility of Country Living Products.

SERVICE: The company will repair or, at its discretion, replace the Grain Mill or mill parts free of charge if, in the opinion of the company or its authorized agents, it has been proven the problem was related to defective parts or an error in workmanship within the warranty period.

LIMITATIONS: The warranty is void if the product is used for any other purpose than that for which it is designed or intended. The product must not be altered, repaired or serviced by anyone other than the company or an authorized service center. The product must not have been subject to accident in transit or, while in the customer’s possession, misused, abused or operated contrary to the instructions contained in the instruction manual. This includes failure caused by neglect, commercial use and Acts of God. This warranty is not transferable and applies only to United States and Canadian sales. Warranty is void if the mill is used to grind grain soaked with an ash or slaked lime solution.

EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES: Except to the extent prohibited by law, no other warranties whether expressed or implied, including warranty merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, shall apply to this product. Under no circumstances shall Country Living Products be liable for consequential damages sustained in connection with said product and Country Living Products neither assumes nor authorizes any representative or other person to assume for it any obligation or liability other than such as is expressly set forth. This warranty covers only the Country Living Grain Mill and its specific parts, not the food or other products processed in it.
Schematic of the Country Living Grain Mill

Country Living Grain Mill Diagram



  1. DO NOT operate the mill without grain in the hopper.
  2. DO NOT get excessive moisture on plates or bearings.
  3. EXCESSIVE WEAR will occur if plates are run tight against each other without grain.
  4. For flour, use only hard, dry beans or grains. Moist or soft beans or grains will cause clogging. When using moist beans or grains, back off the adjustment knob. A coarse grind will produce grits and is less likely to clog.
  5. A mixture of flour AND cracked grains is to be expected on coarser grinds.
  6. Always remove wooden handle from flywheel before motorizing mill.
  7. Full liability and responsibility for complying to all Federal, State, and Local Safety Standards is assumed by any person or persons who modify or motorize the Country Living Grain Mill in any way. Motorized mills should be operated by adults only. Note: All belts and pulleys not driven by hand should be enclosed for safety.


Your mill is packed in a partially assembled state. It will be necessary to finish assembly before attempting to process any grains. A drawing is provided to clarify part description and location.

Remove the mill housing and set it upright on a stable work surface. The flywheel is packed in the bottom of the box. It locates by means of the rear key pressed into the shaft and should be installed by slipping it on the shaft protruding from the rear of the mill. Hold the flywheel in place by tightening the set screw in the hub with the hex wrench provided. The shaft should not protrude past the flywheel.

The handle assembly threads into the hole located in the outside edge of the flywheel until it stops. It can then be held in place by tightening the nut against the flywheel with a 9/16″ wrench (not provided). The wood handle should spin freely on the bolt after installation. If it does not, loosen the nut and back the bolt away from the flywheel 1/4 turn, then re-tighten the nut against the wheel. CAUTION: if the handle is too loose, it may pinch skin during use.

Your mill is now ready for operation. Please refer to this manual for full operation instructions.


The mill must be securely mounted to a solid base (table, counter, large board) before attempting to operate. For best results the mounting surface should be attached to either the wall or floor. The mill base is pre-drilled to be easily bolted or lagged to a surface permanently. An alternative would be to clamp the mill to a solid work surface. If you utilize this procedure, the mill base should be protected against possible damage to the finish. This can be done by putting something between the clamp and the mill base. The mill should be mounted at a height that is comfortable to the user. We found that if the center of the flywheel is located about waist height, we seem to gain the best leverage.


We grind wheat in every mill after assembly in order to test and adjust the grinding plates. We begin by tightening the adjustment knob until the plates are rubbing all the way around, then we pour in the grain and grind. It is much easier to begin at a finer setting and adjust out to a coarser setting. This adjustment procedure should be followed anytime the plates have been opened up or removed.

If the flour produced from this setting is not the consistency desired, it can be varied by the adjusting knob on the front of the mill. Tightening the knob will produce a finer grind; loosening it will produce a coarse grind or “crack” grain for cereals. Most adjustments should require only a slight turn of the knob. After each small adjustment, turn the fly- wheel 2 to 3 times and check the product for desired consistency. The amount of effort required to turn the flywheel will increase as the knob is tightened. IT SHOULD NEVER INCREASE TO THE POINT THAT THE FLYWHEEL CANNOT BE TURNED AT ALL, OR REQUIRES EXCESSIVE EFFORT. DAMAGE MAY OCCUR AFFECTING THE GRINDING ABILITY OF THE PLATES. RELEASE TENSION BY BACKING OFF ON THE ADJUSTING KNOB.

NOTE: We found that after tightening the knob to achieve the grind desired, we can often back it off a little to relieve the effort required to turn the flywheel and still retain the grade of flour we wanted!


The mill is easily disassembled for cleaning by removing the adjusting knob and sliding the front plate off the shaft. BE CAREFUL not to lose the small square key that prevents the plate from spinning on the shaft. Removal of these parts allows access to the cutting surfaces of the plates. Use a small brush to clean out excess flour from corners and surfaces.

On rare occasions it may be necessary to remove and wash the grinding plates. Use the wrench provided with the mill to remove the screws holding the stationary plate to the housing. The plate may now be separated from its mounting surface for thorough cleaning. If the plates are washed, they should be dried immediately to prevent rust. Before replacing the stationary plate, make sure that the mounting surfaces are clean and free from any foreign matter. The plate is designed to locate in one position only, so make sure that all the mounting holes line up before reinstalling. The mill housing is not designed to be submerged during cleaning. A slightly damp cloth should suffice for cleaning the housing and its parts. If any parts of the shaft or bearings get wet, they should be dried immediately to prevent damage.


Your grain mill is designed to be easily motorized. The flywheel is grooved for use with a standard “V” belt. We recommend using at least a 1/3 HP motor rated at 1,150 RPM and equipped with a 1-1/2″ pulley. This ratio will produce about 115 to 120 RPM at the flywheel. Other motors may be used, but they will need to be geared so that the RPM at the flywheel does not exceed 120 RPM.

The motor and the mill should be securely fastened to a substantial surface. The mill handle MUST be removed before motorized operation. NEVER ALLOW THE MILL TO OPERATE WITHOUT GRAIN BEING PROCESSED!! Belt size may be determined by the distance the motor is mounted from the mill. Belt tension should not be excessive or bearing damage may occur. Note: Due to the many variables introduced during motorization, the warranty is void if the mill is motorized.

CAUTION: Full liability and responsibility for complying to all Federal, State, and Local Safety Standards is assumed by any person or persons who modify or motorize the Country Living Grain Mill in any way. Motorized mills should be operated by adults only. Note: All belts and pulleys not driven by hand should be enclosed for safety.

Wheat and Grain Storage:
Choose dark, hard winter or spring wheat with a 12% or higher protein content. It should be clean and high grade.

The moisture content should be 10% or less. This low moisture content aids in limiting insect contamination. Insects cannot reproduce in wheat with very low moisture content. If you are going to store wheat for long periods, make certain you take precautions to eliminate possible contamination. Contact you local agriculture extension office concerning long term wheat storage in your area.

To store wheat, metal containers have proven to be the most efficient. Do not store the containers of wheat directly on a cement or dirt floor. Instead, place the containers on wood pallets or on shelves. This will aid in eliminating a rusting can which could affect the quality of your wheat.

Wheat will keep indefinitely if stored properly. Make certain the wheat remains dry. The most successful storage comes from rotating the supply of wheat, using the older wheat before using newer wheat.

We would like to caution you when buying wheat to make certain the wheat is dry and has the proper protein quotient. As with all things, be a cautious shopper. If you are conscientious enough to grind you own flour, then go the extra measure and be certain the grains you are purchasing are the best grains available.

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