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    • By Mike Hillis
      Well....not exactly new, but new to me.  
      My wife was thrift shopping yesterday and picked me up an old used Estwing 12"  steel gold pan as a surprise gift.    I was happy that she recognized it and bought it for me and I think its pretty a cool pan.   I normally use a green plastic pan but I think it will be cool to swirl a metal pan. 
      She wants to see it in action.  She "suggested" I go pour some gold into some yard dirt and pan it out and see how I liked it.   I "suggested"  that we go out Sunday morning to a local spot and see how it works on fresh gold.   She then suggested we wait and do a road trip and make it a long weekend thing......oooh......better and better....
      I have no idea how it will turn out but I'll let you know.
      HH
      Mike

    • By GB_Amateur
      Last night I read a very interesting (IMO) article by Chris Ralph in the June, 2019 issue of the ICMJ (https://www.icmj.com/) titled "How Long Does It Take to Find and Recover an Ounce of Gold".  There are a lot of caveats Chris lists, which makes it dangerous for me to summarize what was written.  Further, there is a fine line between showing results from a magazine/journal which needs money to stay afloat and requiring interested parties to simply pay for a subscription.  IMO, anyone halfway serious about searching for native gold (and there's more there than just gold) should be a subscriber.  Most importantly, his estimates certainly depend upon the ground you are covering -- this should be obvious to everyone and I hope simply mentioning it will squelch any attempt to quibble at his results. Basically there is a lot of uncertainty around Chris's numbers, which he is well aware of, but it's still interesting to hear from an expert who has used all of these methods countless times.  I was surprised at some of his estimates.  In order longest (least efficient) to shortest:
      Panning:  42 hrs,
      Metal Detecting:  40 hrs,
      Sluicing/Highbanking:  30 hrs,
      Dry Washing:  30 hrs,
      Dredging:  20 hrs,
      Hard Rock Mining:  8 hrs.
      I think it's worth emphasizing that this is a time efficiency, not a cost efficiency.  Panning is clearly the least expensive with hard rock mining by far the most.  Chris also points out that the leadup time/research/preparation & cost are vastly different -- hard rock mining being the obvious extreme.
       
    • By tvanwho
      Does anybody know if its possible to use a
      solar cell panel to run a small electric bilge pump for a small highbanker? Will it have to be in direct sunlight ?
      Mine is a Johnson 2200 gph bilge pump that pulls 8 amps at 12 volts
      What size panel will I need and what do they cost? Can I run the output straight to the water pump or do I need a controller thing?
      Or can I use a panel to recharge my 12 volt ,15 amp gel cell and how long will it take?
      Thanks.
      -Tom V.
    • By strick
      I'm not much of a sluicer. I'd rater be looking for nuggets with my detector. I like gold I can pick up with my fingers lol. My wife bought a small Keene sluice box several years ago and we set up a recirculating system at home where we could run some dirt at our leisure just for fun. I never really liked my home made set up. Although it worked it was slow..It was like a mini high banker made with stuff I got at the local hardware store. I  was wanting something more efficient. In my search I found Gold Fox USA. There is also an Australian version that is the same company with a dealer who distributes for them in Oz. 
      I wont go into a lot of boring detail...you can go to their web site and face book page or youtube for that...However I would like to say that so far I am very happy with this little set up. I can run unclassified material through this sluice extremely fast. The trommel is five inches in diameter. I've only used it three times so far and time will tell on how durable it is but it seems to be very well built. The company has many different sizes and options available. They are fast and get the product to you when they say they will. If you have a question Kelly the owner will get on the phone and answer it for you. 
      The Lil Monster Deluxe comes with a 12v 2000 GPH pump. You supply your own power. I am using a RV deep cycle battery that I had laying around. I also bought a 700 GPH 12v pump and am using the two pumps together. The reason being is the material I am running is mostly clay and I wanted more water to help break it down. The only thing you have to watch is that the jets that supply the trommel will get plugged with organic material. They are easy to clean. In fact if you turn off the water supply to the hopper so it feeds the jets only...the water pressure is enough to flush them clean most of the time.  Give them a look. 
      https://www.goldfoxusa.com
      https://www.facebook.com/goldfoxusa/
      strick 
       
       








    • By phrunt
      Keene have released a new sluice box they claim is the worlds best, it looks nice to me.
      http://www.keeneeng.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=A52S

        Product Details
      Our Super Sluice Box is the first sluice that allows you to dump unclassified material through the box at much higher volumes than ever thought possible while still retaining fine gold! Not only does this sluice a eat material like no other, it is the easiest and fastest sluice to set up in the world. The performance of this sluice box is "by far superior to anything on the market” We simply blow the competition away. This sluice box will find you more gold than any other box out there and you will not find a better sluice box to expand into dredges, high bankers and more than the Keene Super Sluice.
       
      As we are about to come into winter I'm unlikely to be doing much sluicing but if anyone gets one I'd love to hear what you think of it.  Their claims are pretty bold, much like the Equinox with the obsoletes all other VLF detectors claim which was pretty close to right so I hope Keene's claim is also right.  I love that it doesn't require the classifying as much.
       
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