Sister Hinerei Edwards compares two really good hand-mills.
They are the MH 4 and the Helam hand mills.
Here we describe the full specifications and compare the two mills.
Above: Hinerei points to the table clamp hole on the mill. Both are very natural mills made of natural materials like Alder wood impregnated with beeswax and then carefully polished.
Hinerei clamps the mill to her table. All of the parts subject to stress are made of robust chromium-plated steel.
The mill clamp is easy to fit, holds well and the wooden mill parts are smooth to touch. Sterling-grade processing and quality are essential for the MH 4 hand-mill and the Helam hand-mill.
The milled product only ever comes into contact with wood and the natural materials of the mill-stones and so remains unchanged as to its biological structure.
Here’s the arm. Hinerei locks it into position. The Helam is the smaller hand-mill weighing 2200 g. The MH 4 weighs 3500 g.
She locks the wing-nut. On your kitchen bench the Helam mill height is 130 mm without crank, the Heshon is taller at 160 mm without the crank.
Above: Hinerei has put the flour bowl on a stool, underneath the mill, ready to catch the freshly milled flour. The Mill Stone above is the natural granite as she is using the larger Heshon handmill. The smaller Helam handmill has a Corundum-Ceramic stone.
The Helam Mill Stone Diameter is 90 mm while the MH 4 handmill (above) is 120 mm in diameter.
Hinerei points to the peg. Remove this to allow the fine flour to fall into the bowl below. The Helam capacity for fine flour is 20 g/min compared to 40 g/min on the larger MH 4.
She removed the peg. Can you see the hole? Through this hole the flour falls. It’s capacity rough is 40 g/min (Helam) and 80 g/min (MH 4).
Hinerei is ready to fill the funnel or hopper. The Funnel Capacity: 200 g (Helam) and 300 g on the Heshon handmill.
She fills the funnel with grain. The Space Diameter is 19 cm (Helam) and 22 cm on the MH 4 Handmill.
Hinerei begins milling in a clockwise direction. The long arm makes it easier and she keeps it moving to make it easier still.
The mills are both designed to be turned clockwise as the grooves on the stone are designed this way. It’s a natural movement for Hinerei and most right-handed people.
The mill-stone on the smaller hand-mill, the Helam, is a white heart made of corundum-ceramic material with an unbelievable degree of hardness. On the Helam it is not natural stone. It is man-made, costs less and is still very good but not as good as natural granite of the MH 4 (above).
Innovative technology made the economical production of this purely natural product possible. Above: The last of the grain falls out of the funnel.
If your budget can stretch this far, spring for the Natural Mill-Stone. Many health-conscious people prefer it. Produced from naturally-formed granite – bonded perfectly by nature herself – faultless, non-artificial, and absolutely reliably healthy!
This stone is the perfect combination of abrasion-resistance, hardness and stability.
Time to clean up. Remove the wing-nut, arm and top mill-stone.
Whisk away all the flour into the hole using a basting brush. Replace the flour bowl. Whisk the small amount of unmilled grain into the hole and save for next time you mill.
This MH 4 Hand Grain-mill grinds all types of grain, including corn and soy beans, linseeds and oats.
I selected these two hand-mills based upon their solid technology, natural materials, stability, efficiency, easy cleaning, and easy handling. They are not cheap mills. However, your mill is a most important tool and I recommend these two mills.