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    My FIne Gold Recovery System - Blue Bowl - Fossickers Gold Pan - Photos

    This is my fine gold recovery system. Thought this would be easier than using a 5 gallon bucket. As you can see I have a leveling system to level the center cone as this is very important when using a blue bowl, simply place a level on the top of the cone and level the bowl both directions. I am using a Fossickers Gold Pan as a small sluice to capture any fine gold that I may lose while learning how to recover gold at different size concentrates. Yes the Fossicker gold pan is overkill but it can be removed easily and used as a pan if needed. The raised drain keeps the concentrate contained within the black tub while keeping it from entering the recirculating tanks. The pump in the photos has been replaced with an Atwood submersible 1200 GPH pump. The first video shows the entire system.

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    The video where I was processing the paydirt I screwed up and answered a phone call after making an adjustment in the water level. Lost all the gold out the bowl, but it was recovered and rerun.

    Last edited by AzViper; Feb 07, 2014 at 07:56 AM.
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    Nice...very nice setup.
    If ya cant catch the fines with that setup ... ya never will.

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    Wow!! What a cool science project. Like Hefty said if that doesn't catch fine gold nothing will. Great job Viper.

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    Assume concept. Dude where do you come up with these ideas? I liked your Vac-Blower you built and now this gold recovery system is cool and compact. The pan used as a sluice is outstanding. Very neat setup and well thought out, I am going to copy your setup if it’s ok with you. Where did you get the fossicker pan from?

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    Outstanding job AzViper!
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    Before I get TOO old, I have to perfect my Blue Bowl technique. Got a working grasp but need to get better. TTC
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    Quote Originally Posted by UDigIt View Post
    Assume concept. Dude where do you come up with these ideas? I liked your Vac-Blower you built and now this gold recovery system is cool and compact. The pan used as a sluice is outstanding. Very neat setup and well thought out, I am going to copy your setup if it’s ok with you. Where did you get the fossicker pan from?
    Here is the link to the site to buy the Fossickers pan, FOSSICKERS.COM - Gold Pans for Prospecting & Production Gold Panning
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    what I use Kieth is a 750 gph bilge pump hooked to a car battery. If the battery gets too weak I hook up my charger to it and hook the pump back up and continue working. Works good for me. I just can't get over how awsome your set up is! Again Great Job!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by B H Prospector View Post
    what I use Kieth is a 750 gph bilge pump hooked to a car battery. If the battery gets too weak I hook up my charger to it and hook the pump back up and continue working. Works good for me. I just can't get over how awsome your set up is! Again Great Job!!!
    Jim I did make one slight change to the mounting of the Blue Bowl. I rotated the Blue Bowl so the inlet was parallel to the rear mount. This placed the center hole of the Blue Bowl more to the top of the Fossickers pan. When I ran the system the water dumped onto the riffles. Now the water dumps closer to the top of the Fossickers pan. If any gold is lost out of the Blue Bowl it will be caught at the bottom of the pan before the first riffle. I will post updated photos soon. Thanks for the comments.

    Hefty1, Udigit, vpnavy, TerryC, Jimmydolittle, Reed Lukens, and Joel1316 thank you all as well. This is a great forum where we all can learn from each other.
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    As mentioned above I have rotated the Blue Bowl. In the photo you can see where the light is now casting on the Fossickers Gold Pan. I have decided to add two 15 gallon barrels to the system. One of the barrels will collect the discharged water/concentrate while the other barrel will supply fresh water. A 2 inch PVC pipe will be installed between the two barrels.

    I did run the system and while trying to figure out the water height on the Blue Bowl and lost gold out of the Blue Bowl. But the Fossickers Gold Pan did as it was designed to do and recaptured the gold that had spilled over the center cone.

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    Hi AzViper,
    I mean no disrespect I'm pretty new to prospecting, to me most of the material in the vial looks like quartz. The reason I'm commenting is I have given a lot of thought to my next equipment purchase being a blue bowl. So i guess I'm looking for conformation that what you have there is gold. I've never used the bluebowl, or have I seen it used except for utube videos. I'm just trying to get more info on the bowl before I buy, it seems kinda of pricey.

    OBD

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    Looks like leaverite to me too...not gold.

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    great looking set up. Great idea

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    Hey Kevin,

    Have you used the blue bowl , if so what's your opinion?
    And if anyone else cares to respond I have another question, can I play with it to possibly retain some of the garnets in the concentrates. I know there's no real value to the garnet chips I just have some craft ideas I want to use them for.
    OBD

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    Sorry, no blue bowl experience. Those things are too slow for me, I can pan faster so that's how I process my final cons. There are lots of finish processing options out there but for me a $3 10 inch black Keene finishing pan is all I need. (Well, that and 20 & 50 mesh classifying screens and a magnet and a suction pipette and a 10x magnifying loop and a ceramic soap dish to do the final removal of the very last contaminants in the gold...I guess that's plenty right? LOL)
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