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    It’s much better to recirculate when you are dealing with small amounts of water (naturally flowing or pumped/transported).

    Much of the best gold that is left is located in areas with limited water resources.
    It takes imagination and ingenuity, but it can be recovered with just about any amount of steadily flowing water.

    Unfortunately, I’m kind of used to mining with very little water flow.
    I know of many places that I’d love to have just a pencil flow of steady water.
    What would I do with such little amount of water that couldn’t possibly run a sluice box? It would surprise you I’m sure.
    Last edited by Tesorodeoro; Feb 15, 2021 at 11:16 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ohiogoldfever View Post
    There is no reason why these couldn’t be used if set up correctly. Maybe a guy has to build several. If you want to fill a large enough tank to get the work done. There will always be a guy who gives you a million reasons why something won’t work. Most of them won’t try because someone already told them not to. Enough work and it could get the job done.
    I've lived off grid, lived by an aquaduct that used ram pumps. To transfer water uphill. SLOWLY

    I've also been placer mining for 20 + years.

    I'm not gonna try ineffictive slow going inefficient methods.

    When there are known better options.
    Last edited by Goldwasher; Feb 23, 2021 at 07:37 PM.

  3. #18
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesorodeoro View Post
    Iím very familiar with water needs necessary to recover gold. The scenario I was familiar with was a man that was mining a small draw behind his house. He had the reservoir setup with a float valve. Iím not sure if he used a ram pump or if the drainage just flowed very little water. About every 24 hours (probably varied with the season), the reservoir would be dumped. Like clockwork...every day there was a mini storm. Material was washed and eroded.

    Iím not sure exactly what his methods were (if he shoveled material onto bedrock, or if he used a sluice box.
    This is not an operation, where you have a functioning sluice box in the typical sense. Itís erosion.
    Iím positive the only gold that was easily recovered was nuggets. Additional processing would be required to recover concentrates, but much of the light material was eroded away (along with some of the lighter gold). I think he was in an area with nice nuggets and Iím told he found quite a few. It was not a commercial operation, just a way to recover some gold. You donít need the reservoir to fill up as fast as the water is used.

    well for "nuggets" I would go in with a rake and a minelab..

    Be done with the whole spot in short order!!

    Also you absolutely need the resevoir to fill as fast as the water is used. Or it is pretty dang pointless.

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    I guess if you were running a small recirc system it might work as a means of replenishing some of the water lost from evaporation, wet rocks, spray etc...
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  5. #20
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    Quote Originally Posted by N-Lionberger View Post
    I guess if you were running a small recirc system it might work as a means of replenishing some of the water lost from evaporation, wet rocks, spray etc...
    yep that would be a good use.

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    With my recirc fluid bed, I need a bucket of water for each bucket of sand processed to break even on tank water. So if the ram pump tops a tank all night that I spend a 8-12 hour day draining, it would work no problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldwasher View Post
    I've lived off grid, lived by an aquaduct that used ram pumps. To transfer water uphill. SLOWLY

    I've also been placer mining for 20 + years.

    I'm not gonna try ineffictive slow going inefficient methods.

    When there are known better options.
    No need for me to argue about it.

    I’m just a greenhorn anyway. Barely know what side is up on a mining pan.

    I’m with you..the heck with moving overburden. I’d rather just quickly pick up the nuggets with the detector.
    Last edited by Tesorodeoro; Feb 25, 2021 at 01:04 AM.

 

 
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