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    Quote Originally Posted by ganthercage View Post
    There is the Blue Bowl, the Gold Cube, Shaker Tables, and all the different Spiral Wheels. I am leaning towards the Keene Spiral Wheel. Has anyone used a number of these products and can give an opinion on the best one available? I want to quickly and easily get the flour gold out of my concentrates without panning.


    I have used them all, and to tell the truth I have never recovered enough "flour" gold to pay for any of them.
    Forget about quick. Just getting down to the flour gold (100 to -200) is pretty slow going.

    In my experience the Blue Bowl is great at recovering "flour gold" but it is very time consuming.
    Spiral wheels work well for recovering flakes and fines but not so much for flour gold even with extreme classification and fine tuning, again, a slow process.

    The Gold Cube is a concentrator, not designed to separate flour gold.
    Shaker tables are very expensive and if you are a small scale miner not worth the expense or setup involved, they also take time to do the separation.

    Nowadays I pan everything, it's much faster and what I lose isn't really worth the time, effort, or energy, not to mention the expense of trying to capture.
    Of course where I mine now there really isn't much flour gold to deal with.

    I will challenge any spiral wheel to a panning contest. Panning by hand is many times faster!
    The really large spiral wheels are good for when you have many buckets of cons to process but other than that, panning by hand is still the way to go.

    Get really good at panning, it will pay off in the long run.




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    I liked to pan down until I got all I could and then put the rest into a bucket to save until the Winter time . Like GG ( Buddy) I tried them all over the years and had fun doing so !
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    Quote Originally Posted by russau View Post
    I liked to pan down until I got all I could and then put the rest into a bucket to save until the Winter time . Like GG ( Buddy) I tried them all over the years and had fun doing so !
    I didn't say it wasn't fun, I enjoyed every minute/hour of it. I love gadgets
    But there is just no way to separate out flour gold in a hurry.

    Even using "charged" mercury you still have to take the time to charge the mercury, amalgamate, and set up to run it through a retort for final recovery.
    Mercury & retort is probably the fastest method of all, however there is a bit of a learning curve to handle it safely.

    CLICK HERE-> ABOUT ALMALGAMATION AND USING MERCURY

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    Magnified many times.... ( a few dozen specs).... Minus 100 mesh gold caught on the Miller table (so small in fact, they are floating on water, in this Pix. ) Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTR View Post
    Magnified many times.... ( a few dozen specs).... Minus 100 mesh gold caught on the Miller table (so small in fact, they are floating on water, in this Pix. )
    I enjoy the Miller table most of all. Really the most bang for the buck and simple to build.
    Genuine slate works best! Dont forget the jet-dry to keep the flour gold from floating away.



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    Nice clean looking table.I like your simple adjustment eye bolts idea
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