We started reading the Little House on the Prairie series together last week. I prefer to read a good book instead of watching brain deadening TV. We just finished the first book Little House In the Big Woods, and came to the chapter where Pa and the neighbors were threshing grain:
Pa threshing grain.
Well, depending on where you are at on the Hobby Farm / homesteading spectrum, you may or may not have toyed with the idea of growing your own grain.
From what I’ve read, a 40 ft by 40 ft plot will produce 2 bushels of wheat, which is probably enough for the average small family. The kicker comes when it’s time to harvest.
I have spent quite a bit of time thinking and reading on this question. I can still buy Organic wheat, Rye and hull-less oats @ my local grain mill, but I want to grow my own….
without spending hundreds of dollars on equipment that you only use once a year
and without spending hours trying to thrash and clean by hand.
If you have a few minutes, you can watch this clip. I appreciated this lady taking the time to share her experiences…what worked, what didn’t...more than anything, it motivated me to come up with a better way…
As much as I love doing things myself, it’s not about seeing how much time I can spend just to survive. If that’s your gig, more power to you, but I’m from the school, work smarter not harder.
So in the back of my mind, I have been wanting some type of home made thresher.
I read in a comment thread on the Internet, someone had built a thresher out of one of those old reel lawnmowers…well, we had one sitting in the shed so I thought I would”give it a whirl” 😉
I worked on it yesterday… Here it is mounted on an antique clipper grain cleaner I am restoring:
Home made grain thresher for the hobby farmer sitting on top of antique clipper grain cleaner
Here’s a couple of more pictures:
My home made thresher sitting on top of the antique Clipper grain cleaner
looking inside the thresher
close up of the grain after it was threshed, before it was cleaned
close up of the original hopper that came with the clipper grain cleaner
Another view of the Clipper. I still need to find a belt for the left side. See the wooden pulley’s ? Are they cool or what?
Anyway, I know some of you who read this live somewhat locally…if you’d like to experience grain threshing first hand, let me know. I do plan to thresh grain later this Summer/ Fall when it’s ready.
I love my wonderful new machine. 🙂
footnote: You wouldn’t need the grain cleaner, if you couldn’t find one. I could screw 4 legs on the thresher , put a tarp under it and then just winnow out the chaff with either a fan or the breeze.