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Scrub
15:16:57 Sat
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Anyone have an alternative sluice box design?

I bought a "miracle mat" from Keene which I plan to use, but sold my box last year. If no one comes up with an alternative, I thought I'd just screw or nail three boards together & weigh it down with rocks in the stream.

It's nothing fancy, but I think it'll do the job.

Thanks in advance for any (easy, constructive) suggestions!

  
rabbitt46
18:06:49 Sat
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I have done that. It will work.

  
Bonaro
05:29:30 Mon
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I have been doing this for a very long time and the one thing I have learned is that you don't need too buy expensive e anything to catch gold. 98% of all gold recovery devices are based on gravity and gravity has been around for a long time.

Miners moss is the same stuff they use for floor mats at the swimming pool and other wet locations

Vortex matting is strongly simular to certain semi truck mud flaps

You just need to keep your eyes open



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Honza_Basta
17:36:59 Mon
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I made my last sluice box from polycarbonate sheets. Bottom from 16mm hollow mutiwall PC, sides from 3mm solid PC, screwed by long chipboard screws into bottom. On the ends original alu profile for ending PC. And two iron "U" for holding legs... Not so cheap as my first wooden sluice, but much more lightweight..

  
Scrub
19:36:22 Mon
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I like your design, but a bit complicated & expensive for my planned planned trip next month. I have to fly to Fairbanks & retrieve my SUV in North Pole, then drive home to TX. I only plan to prospect in AK a couple of days.

For future consideration, how much does the polycarb box weigh alone? (I might fold the sides down by hinging it so it can lay flat for transport.)

Did you through in the beer for humor or utility. Serves as both for me!

Thanks for your reply.

  
Honza_Basta
21:28:05 Mon
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Hi, I donīt know how much it exactly weighs, but it is simmilar, or a bit lighter, than alu one. Finally I deceded for PC because I am planning to try goldpanning in Prague, by the Moldau river, wich is much polluted by mercury. And mercury X alu - it is not good combination.
I have also a backpack sluice, 11" wide, from two parts.
Simply make a trough, place into it a carpet, or a rubber mat, a few riffles and it will work. Most important is tunning of the sluice. The sand must not accumulate in the sluice, but also cannot folw away too fast. When I was younger, I spent much fun with wooden sluice, a few pieces of corduroy, even a bit of natural sheep fleece, rifles from willow branches... Technology thousand years old. Your succes will mostly depend on speed of your shovel... :smile:

  
baub
07:31:49 Tue
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The speed of your shovel. I like that !!

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Scrub
13:56:22 Wed
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Got any plans for a non-motorized, automatic shovel? LOL!

  
Honza_Basta
22:25:49 Wed
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I still do have just only hand-powered shovels.
My favourite terminology (not easy to translate): Fast-shooting pick & long range shovel. In combination with a few units of CM (cheap manpower) - no problem. Also UBL is good (Universal Biological Loader: CM with longrange shovel) :devil:

  
Scrub
07:55:32 Wed
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I used to have a strong back & weak mind. Then I injured my knee & quit exercising regularly. Now everything's weak except my will. They say if you have the will, you'll find a way. Anyone know Will? How's his back? LOL!

  

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