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Last Post 22 Jun 2020 10:00 PM by  Terry Cravens
Blue Bowl: Thoughts if their worth the time & money?
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Jeremiah Hartman
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30 Jan 2019 09:18 PM
    Hi,

    I have a magic spiral pan but it takes up room when packing on an atv for the weekend. Looking for comments on if the "Blue Bowl" is a tool that would work well in the back country. Look forward to your thoughts and comments.

    Jeremiah
    Thomas Wentling
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    04 Feb 2019 03:43 PM
    I use the blue bowl at home. It takes up room too. I am using a 2 1/2 Gal bucket inside a tub that is 21" long 13" wide and 12" tall. When not in use, everything fits inside the tub except the battery. I use that for my electric dredge I made, so it gets used a lot.
    William Hall
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    04 Feb 2019 10:35 PM
    I also use my bowl at home, in my opinion, not for field use
    I will classify three times, run a summers worth of cons through the bowl
    At this point I'm done, return the rest from which it came

    Bill
    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
    John Smith
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    04 Jun 2019 06:41 PM
    For those who do not know what a blue bowl is, or how it works, here is a video that explains it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34ZXddnyRwo
    Chris Mazzola
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    03 Jun 2020 01:05 PM
    A Blue Bowl is often regarded as one of the more efficient devices to clean/separate very fine gold, but a slow process that requires screening down to about 50- or smaller, the material should be as clay free as possible, and to remove as much black sands as possible before using. They are VERY finnicky to set up and run and as such, I don't think they are well suited for field use, also considering the prep work of the material that is necessary. Base camp/finishing area yes, but on-site in the field... I think you'd be better off bringing cons back home or to your base camp for fine processing.

    Remember: the Old Timers did all the finish work at the mill, often in dedicated rooms away from all the other machines/etc., and definitely not in the digging areas.
    ROBERT MARTINEZ
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    14 Jun 2020 08:21 AM
    I feel if you remove the valve going into the blue bowl and just have the hose going directly into it with a dc variable speed controller hooked to the water pump like a power supply for a tattoo machine the bowl would work perfectly. The valve if you try to slow down the water actually speeds it up like if you hold your thumb over a garden hose end. It sprays instead of slowing. That's my opinion.
    22 Jun 2020 07:00 PM
    My 2 cents,
    The Blue Bowl instructions say to classify to 30 mesh minimum. I use the 750 GPH pump bought with it. I got rid of the plastic valve that came with it and use a garden hose spigot that is much easier to control. It is an inline hookup with those connections.

    That said, I don't have tons of cons to run, since using a Gold Hog Stream Sluice.

    The Blue Bowl must be watched, because as the material in the bowl is reduced, the water speeds up and water level raises automatically.
    Terry Cravens
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    22 Jun 2020 10:00 PM
    My brother inlaw sent me a y-tube video of goldclaw. He brought his up from Vegas and we prospected two different Claims in the El Dorado Mountains in CA. They have different colors he had Blue .It was easy to use and efficient. I ordered one.
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