Newbie at flour gold

what is the best way to seperate flour gold out from sand...panning it is taking forever and finding that flour gold is flowing with the water too...The paydirt i got from Dennis Dayton is amazing...never seen so much color...i swear a quarter of the bag  is color but so so small....just never dealt much with it so small where i go...any tricks?

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  • Screen your cons down to the size of the flour gold you are commonly finding, Then run the cons wet on a miller table. Use a couple drops of Jet Dry in the water so no micro gold particles float on the Miller Table. Do you  know about usa_prospector on eBay? They sell a Miller Table for $99. They sell  a lot of Miller Tables.

  • Here is a link straight to the Page with the videos that Mike Pung and Steve (Red) Wilcox have on Find Gold Recovery.

  • Hey Edge, all of this advice is great advice.. Over at Mike Pung and Steve (Red) Wilcox have a very useful video called the Fine Gold Challenge. Just click on the training video tab on the main menu on the upper left side.. Like Ken said and many others, classification is key... We all have our own ways of doing things and most of them are right for us.. Good luck and may you always have a Flash In Your Pan... 

    • thanks Ed

    • Thanks Ed for the link ! Mike is an entertainer not just an inventor :)

  • Dry It, screen it, use a magnet to remove all of the magnetics, then pan it all separately.

  • Yes 2 dogs my Gold Lab has those marks and it works! 

    • Hello

      Just want to throw in a few tricks that we have discovered that will help you out tremendously if you seriously want to extract the maximum amount of gold that is trapped and hidden in your black sands.

      One of the very first things you want to do when bring home your black sand is this: add some white vinegar and rock salt to the bucket and stir it around a bit and then set it aside for a couple of days. This will dissolve the sulfides and oxidization that will be covering and hiding at least 40% of the gold....second thing is prepare your panning tub with warm water about 105 degrees, (just warm to the touch), this will expand the hydrogen molecules and decrease boyancy...also decreases the viscosity index of the water itself.....Third thing is adding surfactant and enzime to help keep gold down on the bottom. Many laundry detergents will work if you read the active only takes about 2 tablespoons for 5 gallons of water.....Now you are ready to screen your concentrates and pan, or blue bowl, miller table, shaker, whatever you desire and you will visably see much more gold than you could have ever realized if it was un-clean....

      Keep this in mind: All rivers and waterways have active microbes and bacteria living in them!....The black sands that you try to pan at the river will absolutely sacrifice the hidden, dirty gold....You should absolutely take your known gold bearing black sands to a controlled environment to recover the maximum amount of gold.

      I hope this will help many of you recover much- much more of your hard earned Gold!


  • Alot of great ideas...thank you
    • edge stick with jet dry dawn and other soaps have perfume in them which is a oil. oil makes gold float. that's why you should keep your hands out of your sluice box when sluicing because of oil on your hands. anyway here is a good trick i learned from rob gorham of the 49er prospectors. BLUE BOWL fine gold in minutes not hours. classify down to 50 or 100 mesh first. then when running material mark the inside of your bowl with a sharpy= 1/2inch down from lip of bowl make a line for 100 mesh make a line at 1inch down. then when you run your material keep the water level at those marks 1/2=50mesh  1=100 mesh. the black sand will go up the cone and out and the flour gold will stay behind. hope that helps you.

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