How the Mill Works

No. 8.
Woodward Governors

The Woodward governors were installed when theturbine was installed in the late 1800's. The function of the governors is to control the RPM of the mill to make sure it is running at a good constant speed with enough power to keep grinding. If one set of stones is in use grinding corn and the miller wants to grind wheat on another set of stones at the same time the governors will automatically open up the water gates on the turbine to allow more water to enter the turbine. We still rely on this piece of equipment and it is built to last. When the round handle is turned towards you the mill starts up. It is one of the first things the miller uses.

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No. 9.
Belt Bucket Elevators

 The belt bucket elevators are used for many purposes. These square shafts run from the bottom of the mill to the top floor. They help move the grain to the holding bins for storage and move grain to the grinding area. They also move the ground flour and meal to the sifting, mixing and bagging areas.  The belts are moved by the water power that drives the main shaft in the basement.

 

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No. 10.
Bulk Bagging Area

In this area we bag up 25 and 50 pound bags of our whole wheat, cracked wheat and rye flour that is ground in the gray mill stone. The products in this area are whole grain. That means that it is not sifted, that the whole grain is in there. For example our whole wheat flour has wheat germ and wheat bran mixed in with the wheat flour. This is the healthiest type of flour. The bread flour and whole wheat pastry flour are ground much finer and are not coarse compared to whole wheat or cracked wheat.

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No. 11.
The Rotex Sifter

This sifter has been in use for almost 100 years.  It is the second sifting phase for the corn.  The corn meal and corn flour that were separated from the case sifter above enter the rotex sifter.  The rotex sifter then agitates back and forth moving the material over a set of screens, each a different size.  One size is very small so only the corn flour passes through.  The corn meal then drops through the screen with the larger holes.  Each screen level leads to a chute that takes it to the lower floor.

 
No. 12.
Large Storage Bins For Wheat and Corn

Total capacity of storage bins is over 15,000 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

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