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#24089 by newbie
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:11 am
I am a terrible panner and slow to boot. I am looking at fine gold recovery systems like the Desert Fox spinner, Gold cube,V.B. fine gold sluice,Gold Hogg, or if anyone knows of a better one than these. which one has the highest recovery of fine gold and the best volume of material. This gold is very fine #50 mesh to barely visible but seems to abundant.

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#24090 by alaskaflounder
Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:34 am
Best / Fastest / Cheapest / Easiest? Take your pick. Depends if you are trying to do it out on the river or bringing it home and working in the garage with a set water flow and control valves. Little more information on where and how and we can help you out.
#24091 by Navydude
Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:31 am
I'm trying to recover flour gold too. I went to DK nugget and they set me up with a blue spiral wheel for $330. I'm classifying my material down to 30 mesh today and then I'll use the spiral wheel. I'll let you know if it's worth buying.
#24094 by alaskaflounder
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:08 am
I am particularly fond of mercury too as long as it is handled safely and appropriately.

Personally,
+12 mesh = Pan
12-30 mesh = Cleanup sluice (I have both the MacKirk Predator 3 and the Gold Recovery Equipment)
30- mesh = Blue Bowl feeding cleanup sluice

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IF you do use mercury, then the easiest way to separate it is to put it into the Blue Bowl and blast it. Merc will stay to the outside of the bowl while all other material will go towards the middle.
#24096 by alaskaflounder
Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:28 am
I like the BB for my -30 fines, but it still looses some that I find in my recovery sluices. Putting the plumbing on with the valves really helps regulate water flow. Main suggestion I have is to have a consistent water flow for whatever you end up with.
#24104 by Miner Mikes Metals
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:01 pm
I like to use My clean up sluice I just classify every thing down to 8 mesh with My clean up trommle and fill the 5 gal bucket turn it on and go take a nap. after 1/2 hour I pan the cons and save the Black Sands for My gas fired ball mill and amalgamation mill, retort in the winter. You cant go wrong with mercury, a clean up sluice, and a gold pan.
#24105 by Miner Mikes Metals
Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:05 pm
Miner Mikes Metals wrote:I like to use My clean up sluice I just classify every thing down to 8 mesh with My clean up trommle and fill the 5 gal bucket turn it on and go take a nap. after 1/2 hour I pan the cons and save the Black Sands for My gas fired ball mill and amalgamation mill, retort in the winter. You cant go wrong with mercury, a clean up sluice, and a gold pan.

We werk with lots of cons thats why are set up is a little more complex thean most. Just find what works for you and dont be afraid to try new things. Good Luck out there.

Miner Mike...................
#24109 by Navydude
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:14 pm
Dk nugget's version of the Desert Fox isn't living up to it's claim. I classified to 30 mesh, followed the instructions, and I'm having no luck. I've adjusted the angle, spray bars, etc...still no luck. The gold flakes float out the bottom of spiral wheel and end up in reservoir and tailings pan (yes, I added Jet Dry). I'm taking this machine back to dk nugget with some of my cons. If they can make it work in my presence then I'll keep it. If not, I'll return it and get a blue bowl. Anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on the spiral wheel method of flour gold extraction?

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