Oct 20, 2012, 01:18 AM
VTGoldProspector aka Corey
Just a note on the sizes of these beds here.. If you make a bed that holds several cubic feet it wouldn't be effective unless you ran many yards of dirt through it. It's total volume is what you are (more or less) concentrating down to. If this was the case then other methods like a sluice would be a more realistic method. The bed is most effective to further reduce cons or as a final stage on a sluice (a just in case stage). How much cons do you typically get? The bed should be a portion of that. With all the variables and sometimes having to empty it mid-run, I would say I reduce my cons by half however I get a lot of coarse iron that makes it less effective.
Oct 20, 2012 01:18 AM
Oct 20, 2012, 09:20 AM
I am making a V shaped fluid bed now from aluminum. I made a plywood prototype that worked awesome! It works with water and air. It can be shoveled or dredged into.
Originally Posted by vtgoldprospector
I cant weld aluminum and have to wait until the shop has time but when it's done I'd put it up against any sluice for speed and recovery.
Oct 20, 2012, 03:47 PM
A fluid bed is not much different than a pan it stratifies so the heavies go to the bottom.
The big difference... with a pan you have to slowly remove the junk from the top down. With a fluid bed you can drain from the bottom.
Oct 21, 2012, 06:42 PM
Nick, are you running your water/air through the hole of the bottom of the funnel? Or are you running a circle of holes higher above and just using the bottom hole for clean out?
Oct 21, 2012, 10:46 PM
I'm not using the funnel Im making a V shaped tank that is sloped to the drain side so everything heavy runs to the deeper drain side. It's 36" long and 24" wide V-shaped on the bottom. As new materials are put in the lighter stuff flows out a hole on top on the low side. In other words... The heavies would have to rise 24" and go 36" to the opposite end from the drain to get out of the v-shaped tank.
Originally Posted by John-K
The air or water is pumped thru PVC running the length of the tank. Not drilled holes. The pvc has mitered cuts to push to the drain and hold the heavies near the drain. The consistency of the materials will be like quicksand. Not to thick, not to watery.
I'm going to the welding shop tomorrow to bug them to make it. When it's done I'll post pics.
Last edited by nickmarch; Oct 21, 2012 at 11:22 PM.
Oct 22, 2012, 03:55 PM
Sounds interesting! Cant wait for some pics. Is it kind of like a Graefes E tank?
Oct 22, 2012, 04:30 PM
I think graefes tank has a flat bottom & a vibrator. Mine is a V bottom & no vibrator.
It was dukes e sludge tank that got me thinking. It captures down to 8 microns & can process a lot of material fast.
The v bottom & top exit of the lighter stuff should work as well or better.
Oct 30, 2012, 10:51 AM
How goes the project? Any pictures yet? ;-)
Originally Posted by nickmarch
For some reason when I look at that doc for the Dukes tank the picture never shows. Odd since the others like the Graffes I can see. :-) Silly android viewer.
Oct 30, 2012, 01:01 PM
Look at the patent they have multiple drawings.
The tank should be done this week but I don't know when they will let us off/on the island. We aren't even allowed to drive on the island
Oct 31, 2012, 01:05 PM
You over in the bad weather area? Definitely worth just staying in and planning out things. :-) Stay safe!
Oct 31, 2012, 01:18 PM
It's fine here. I didn't evacuate. I'm in a cement and iron building.
The welder told me that he lost power and has some trees to cut up but said the fb would be finished this week.
Nov 01, 2012, 12:13 PM
Looking forward to seeing it! Glad you stayed safe too.
Sample till you find the hot spot, then mine it till its gone! Then start over...