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Last Post 07 Aug 2019 06:51 PM by  William Hall
Recovering Fine Gold with a Gold Pan
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Greg Miller

07 Aug 2019 12:51 PM
    There are a lot of great clean up devices on the market that do an amazing job separating black sand from gold, but does anyone have any tips for recovering fine gold with only a gold pan?

    07 Aug 2019 05:16 PM
    Really just classify as much as you can, to include picking rocks out.

    I have a bunch of classifiers, and for cons, I will go 1/4", 8 mesh, 20 mesh, 50 mesh and 100 mesh. That leaves five different sets to pan with a sixth larger one that I can run the metal detector over. That is a lot of work, but that will make the lighter sands go to one side of the pan more than others. You can get creative with a classifier and use a strainer or colander. All the stuff I find is less than 8 mesh and very few +20 mesh pieces.

    Oils from the hand can make the gold float, but a drop of FINISH (C) JET DRY (C) you'd add in the dishwasher will prevent that. Honestly the gold that floats away from the oils in the hand is tiny and you're chasing less than a penny worth of gold. OK for a hobby and learning, but not practical if you hit a pay streak.

    I also suggest becoming good at it prior to buying something to help. I'm not a fan of the blue bowl. Just seems like it does not move enough material and still needs to be classified. I like a Spiral wheel because it can process a scoop at a time, but I still classified and needed a bit of pay dirt to make it worth the effort. The gold cube is good. That will take concentrates and take it down to a cup or two of super concentrates. Even better is a reverse helix trommel, but those can be pricey. That produces a better super-concentrate that can be run across a miller board like the black magic. Other than a Super concentrate, a miller table does not move enough to make it worth it. A miller table only takes half teaspoon at a time is not a lot.

    At least those are my opinions after having bought and used all the above except a blue bowl.
    William Hall

    07 Aug 2019 06:51 PM

    The short answer is in Christopher's first line, essentially classify your a$$ off, then use a magnifying glass and tweezers
    Everything Christopher says is very true
    For me, anything that passes my 20mesh gets released back to grow up bigger for next time
    I know, the little stuff adds up, I aint in it for the pay
    I use a blue bowl as my last cut
    If your real serious, look at a large Miller table (cup full at a time).
    Only worth it if you have continuous pounds of cons to work, but you still have to classify to that point no matter

    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
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