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Melvyn Halbert

When I clicked on your link "How to refill a Chef'n pepper grinder",

my browser told me

"The requested URL /photos/pepper/slides/IMG_3773.html was not found on this server.

Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request."

Since the webpage I started with is dated Feb. 14, 2005, it seems unlikely to be a matter of old age for the missing image file. Is there perhaps an error in the URL for your image link?


Thanks! I have some broken links leftover from the move to Typepad. I can't get them all right now, but I got that one for you.


Brilliant! An absolute lifesaver! Just when I was starting to think Chef 'n had created a disposable pepper grinder, I find your site...


Try here: http://www.chefn.com

Shayna from the Chef'n Crew

Hello from Chef'n! Your "how to..." blog was hilarious so I had to comment. Random how we found you but thought you would like the link to our FAQ's page which includes "How to refill your PepperBall" http://www.chefn.com/faq/index.html#1
We would also like to request your mailing address so that we can send you a sampling of Chef'n goodies! You can email me at [email protected] or check us out at www.chefn.com. Look forward to hearing from you!
Shayna Freeman
PR/Marketing Coordinator


Thank You! Thank You!! You wouldn't believe how much time I spent trying to figure out how to get that little cap off... Your site saved me.


Sweet! Thanks for the help! We we're down to the last 4 peppercorns rattling in the ball. Your pics were much more helpful than the description on the Chef'n website!


Thanks for posting this! Too funny! I was able to talk my father through it over the phone.



I was so desperate to refill my chef'n pepermill and I didn't understand a word from the instructions posted on the official website of Chef'n so i started surfing the net with the darn thing right in front of me.

I was on the brink of throwing the famous pepermill in the bin but there you were ! A picture or as in this case a few pictures were worth more than a thousand words...

I followed your intructions and now I can peper away again!

thanks and greetings from Belgium


Kristi Causey

Thank you so much for posting this. It was very helpful.


Thanks! Hysterical, because I did all the exact same things. My wife hanging over my engineer shoulders saying "I think we slid that plastic thingie open last time." No dear, I can handle this! Damn, doesnt the screw thing on the bottom open it up? You'd think she was asking me to stop and get directions!

Thanks again! Paul in Atlanta



Thank you thank you thank you!

You have liberated my grinder and made me laugh...

Genius. Shear genius.

I do need a browser in my kitchen!



Can I tell you how much I love you?! I have had an empty pepper grinder for almost a year because I could not figure the damn thing out. Mine is clear however and didn't have sticker on the side panel like yours so without your wonderful site - I'm afraid I would have dwelt in barren pepper land for years. Thank you !


I'm amazed at how, just when I think I'm the only pepper grinder idiot that can't figure out how to open the chef'n to refill, I just happen upon your blog. You're the best!


Help! I can't get your link to work and I can't refill my pepperball! :)


Once again my photos broke, and once again I fixed them. They're now pointing to a copy on the Internet archive. Sorry about that.


omigosh!!!! I am SO glad I found this site!!! I've been battling this pepper grinder for almost 16 months!! How hilarious that it is so amazingly simple!!! thanks for ever and ever!!!


Unfortunately the photos aren't showing up on the Internet Archive page. Could you detail the process again for those of us still mystified? Thanks!!


Wow, couldn't figure out how to refill the grinder, went to the web, searched "chef'n pepper grinder how to" and voila, found the clear plastic tape via this great blog. Gosh, who knows how it was invisible to my eye until the magic word, "tape" . . . and this is 2009. Mucho gracias!!


Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Sarah Pinansky

Yay! People like you and websites like this are why the internet is awesome.

Mike Richline

Awesome. Thank you so much. I Feel better now that I know I wasn't alone when it came to this issue.


Thank you! We have a different model, but based on your posts we were able to figure it out.

Dave Mainwaring

On our mill the The little piece of scotch tape that holds the sliding door is invisible and is hard to remove. once I managed to pull the tape off the fill door was easy to open.


Shabbir - a thousand times thank you! It seems ridiculous that neither myself or my fiance could figure out how to open these grinder balls. We were given a mini version of both the salt and pepper ball which have magents on the back for easy fridge storage. An awesome gift, but we were at a loss when my fiance dropped the salt ball into a pot of stew he was cooking and could not open the door to clean it out. Your tutorial was just what we needed. Many thanks!

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