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If you are just checking spots for potential you can process more debris faster than panning and they are more mobile than a traditional sluice.
I would say it would depend on how rugged your terrain is, for very rugged terrain panning is best.
I definetly rely on panning but it gets pretty boring so Ill try the one I made. Hell I never find gold anyway so who cares if it works!!
Processing more debris may help then.
The three places I sample are:
Fast rivers with bends that create a slow spot where the river deposits sand and pebbles after the bend.
The other spot I check is in rivers that run over the bead rock, I check the cracks in the bead rock or holes that fill with debris.
And the third place I check is road construction where they have cut the road through a hills bead rock, look for quarts vanes and black stone the black stone may have a green shiny ting to it that is gold.
Ive never seen one so I had to google them. :)
Seems to me that it can only be an improvement on the pan, all it costs is one plank for the bottom with grooves routed in it, 2 sides, a bit of sealer and voila... cheap experiment with great returns.
Yah I went ahead and made one have yet to see how it works though should work fine...
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Posted:Aug 14, 2014
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