I’m a new prospector working in an area that primarily has small flakes. I’m usually working tailings piles or areas that have otherwise been processed by heavy equipment in some fashion, so not really expecting to find nuggets or larger pickers.
My question is how far should I classify my concentrates prior to running them through the Gold Cube? Currently I run them through 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8 wet. The smaller mesh gets me more material per bucket but I wonder if it’s worth the extra hassle and if I’m risking losing a small nugget. The 1/8+ material left on the screen is not easy to quickly sort through when I’m looking for nuggets before dumping (and I don’t have a detector). The smaller mesh also clogs up quicker. My material isn’t heavy clay but does have a lot of sand.
I’m interested to hear what other’s experience has been with Cubing 1/4 vs 1/8 with respect to gold yields and time spent classifying. If I stopped at 1/4 I would double my material volume but buckets are cheap and running material through the Cube is much less work then using a screen.