Do not throw out your cons, pack them out for further processing
Last Post 07 Dec 2018 01:06 PM by Thomas Wentling. 7 Replies.
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Benjamin CrainUser is Offline
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16 Sep 2018 07:31 AM

     

    I have been telling people for years they are throwing out their gold by panning the cons out in the river. The pan is the first process, the secondary may be a miller table, and the third might be a retort. I went down to my claim where I let another man dredge, but I instructed him to pan in a large tub and keep what he got. He relied on one of those gold wheel devices so all his cons were left in the tub, perfect for me. I got the cons out and processed them my own way and pulled out 26 grams of gold. The claim is hot no doubt, but people are not realizing all the fine gold they are losing by only taking a primary stage. The picture included is of the gold I found in his left over cons. If you want to ask me my methods please feel free to contact me. Somebody taught me, it needs to be passed along as well.

    ARTHUR WAUGHUser is Offline
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    17 Sep 2018 12:49 PM
    Nice haul from his leftovers. With those big chunky pieces I would venture he needs help on setting up his wheel, but since you get "free" gold out of his leftovers..........

    I bag all my panning/sluicing cons in the field and process more when I get home with a finish pan and a table.
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    Cedric McKeeverUser is Offline
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    22 Oct 2018 12:22 PM
    "If you want to ask me my methods please feel free to contact me. Somebody taught me, it needs to be passed along as well."

    I'd be interested. I have a pail of cons that I want to recheck.

    cmckeever
    NATE SPAULDINGUser is Offline
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    25 Oct 2018 06:10 AM
    Interested in your process. I have very condensed cons. (Panned once then saved). Curious about Miller tables and which one might have a bit of an advantage?
    Perhaps we should contact directly? Nate from Florida
    John DykstraUser is Offline
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    29 Oct 2018 04:38 AM

    I keep a couple freezer bags in my pack just it's easy to carry out my cons to process at home.

    GILBERT CANTRELLUser is Offline
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    16 Nov 2018 01:50 PM
    I'm interested in your process. Want to compare to mine.
    Ed AndersonUser is Offline
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    18 Nov 2018 06:58 AM
    Please advise your method, Benjamin. My current method includes using a GoldHog Mini-Sluice.
    Thomas WentlingUser is Offline
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    07 Dec 2018 01:06 PM

    I never throw away my cons until I run them through my blue bowl or across my Millers table. We don't usually have anything but flour gold in PA and Ohio. It doesn't take much to wash it out of a pan or down a sluice. I tend to run my waters slow and feed the sluice with classified materials. It works for me. Cons are for winter fun when the temps hit the teens and below. Some good tunes, a warm basement and a few adult beverages...

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