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Alan_47
13:04:50 Tue
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Beach Box

Looking to buy a Beach Box or plans on how to build one.

  
azkid
14:12:08 Tue
Mar 13 2012

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I searched here and there are tons of plans but for some reason they are not showing up but here is a Pre-made Keene one

http://www.akmining.com/forums/showthread.php/450-New-Keene-Nome-Beach-Box

you can build a plywood version and either use the ribbed matting or moss

I do know a while back someone posted using Fleece to catch the beach gold and it appeared to work pretty well.

there are some forum memebers in nome that I know can help you out a tons on the plans or at least ideas.

  
AK_Au_diver
16:25:18 Tue
Mar 13 2012

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I thought I had answered this in detail years ago, but I can't find it in the archives.

http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewthread?forum=2&thread=377&postnum=0&highlight=highbanker
http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewthread?forum=2&thread=501&postnum=0&highlight=highbanker
http://bb.bbboy.net/alaskagoldforum-viewthread?forum=2&thread=330&highlight=highbanker

First off, I only used a highbanker for maybe 7 days in Nome, and that was in 2005. So I am not an expert. But I did learn from the person considered one of the best beach miners in Nome in the past 30 years.

Those Keene boxes are a joke. They are too small, too expensive, too hard to move, and don't have very good recovery. But as AMDS owner says, many people don't have the skills, time, or inclination to build their own gear, and it is a fairly good design.

I might be able to find a picture tonight.

The best design depends on who and where you are. 30" wide sluice box, 4' long, set at approx 15-degree down angle, marine plywood, rubber-backed ribbed carpet (like those large door mats) with deep pile, 3/4" raised expanded metal over the carpet to act as riffles. 4" to 6" side walls same plywood, mounted on flat-free plastic wheel-barrow wheels, maybe dual wheels per side, strong 3/4" or 1" axle, biggest you can get the wheels in. 6' tow bar connected in middle of bottom sluice (underneath side, of course) coming out tailing end, sticking out 4', so it can connect to an ATV ball hitch.

The top of the box, approx 45-degree angle from bottom (30-degree while running, when bottom is at -15-degree). The top of the box is completely separate, and nests inside the top half of the bottom box, so the inside width is (inside width of bottom box, minus double the thickness of the plywood). The top box only has the ribbed carpet, which is held in place by clamps and gravity, the design is such that the carpet can be slid out the top. The screen is 1/2" or 3/4" expanded metal, raised about 3" to 4" from the carpet and keeps it's shape with some rebar going across the width of the box (about 4 or 5 pieces). A 4hp to 5hp self-priming trash pump, and 100' of 2" to 3" lay-flat hose pump water into a horse-shoe shaped 2" pvc spraybar, that goes up one side of the top section, across the top, and down the other side, with some sort of "cleanout" plug and a garden hose connector on the end. Holes are drilled in this pvc so that it sprays the whole screen.


  
peluk
18:40:34 Tue
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Ha,ha..just be careful you don't wind up like Trev in some of the photos.When it is all working right and too efficiently,you run out of things to mess with and then it's just mining.

Thanks for the good collection of posts Ak_Au_Diver.That ought to get you started Alan.Once you have an acceptable framework that lends itself to adjustments in screen/mat combinations,that's a good start.

  
AK_Au_diver
23:10:16 Tue
Mar 13 2012

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A very well setup complete beach box system with pump and stinger should cost around $1000 to $1200. Tow-able and more than twice the capacity of one of those puny Keene ones.

Trouble is, the Nome beach has been pretty weak since 2006 and the reports of the 2011 storm said not much erosion (new gold) happened around Nome.


  
azkid
07:27:09 Wed
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ya Au Diver I couldnt find the posts either I remember there were a few good plans and explanantions of the Beach Boxes posted here..


  
LipCa
17:28:34 Wed
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Jim, that is the same link that AK_Au_diver posted except the last photos are visible on his but not on yours.(they show as deleted on your post)

  

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