Recent content by Mountaineer2020

  1. Gold Ore

    Hey Southfork absolutely diggin the ore you're finding and your low budget inventive methods of getting the shiney from the gaunge. I run a chain mill too and have the same issue you have with the screen clogging up. If the ore is completely dry and I run a shopvac to the screen I can usually...
  2. We finally opened the portal.

    Congratz on getting that adit open! Good grief that was a deep one.
  3. Eastern Oregon Mountaineer

    All good man Tesoro I enjoy talking about milling. Eventually, I would like my mill 2 feet off the ground for a couple reasons. Alot of setup is done at the bottom of the log. Wedging the end to account for taper, dogging the log, picking up the cut lumber all involves bending to ground level...
  4. Eastern Oregon Mountaineer

    I like it alot! I can fill that 16 ft. white trailer in about 3 hours with custom cut lumber. Couple things I would do different though. The dogs and stays on the mill leave alot to be desired. Setting the height is done with a pin which tends to bend and breaks the chain it's attached to...
  5. Eastern Oregon Mountaineer

    Great idear! I'll put it on the parts list with a new spray bar without the water feature. Spray bar was constantly clogging. I was thinking last night about the clean up. I panned everything from the sluice but there was alot of heavy material left in the trough below the trommel barrel I...
  6. Eastern Oregon Mountaineer

    With one of my mining claims came an old custom made trommel. She probably hadn't run in about 10 years or so but looked to be well used at some point in her life. The 5hp Briggs actually fired up after some fresh gas and an oil change! Greased some zercs blew some rust and leaves out of the...
  7. It has to be a Hobby

    Adventure! And the hopes of finding the big one. You read the 1900 records of small pockets that only had $30,000 of gold at $20 an ounce. That's $3,000,000 in todays numbers. One pocket would cover my expenses for alot of years. Got out last weekend with a buddy and my father-in-law and...
  8. Gold folks

    I follow your hardrocking on the Tnet. Been working on a juniper removal project and haven't had alot of time to prospect. Ripped alot of juniper with an excavator, 80 acres out of the ground, and sometimes it would leave a pretty good size hole and expose some rock. I've been trying to...
  9. All things hardrock ...

    The rock is pretty competent where I'm working. The crosscut in the picture is 120 years old. No cave-ins and 400 feet long to where it intersects the vein. Most of the timbers were for hanging lanterns and perching packrats like the picture. The tunnels I have been in haven't caved except...
  10. All things hardrock ...

    Shoot if you were closer to Oregon I'd be over right now to see the mill operate! I'd be happy to get 1 ton a day. Come June hoping to fire mine up if I can find some decent ore. Been prospecting with the detector, tracing the strike of veins mapping everything out in ONx. Been through 1,000...
  11. Eastern Oregon Mountaineer

    Snow's too deep where my claims are so getting prepped. In the process of building a shed around my mill just to house the mill head. Plan is to make a bunch of timbers to haul to the mine come melt time. Got a nice 12x12x16 sitting on the rails in the pic.
  12. HIgh explosives or low

    Quartz breccia vein primarily in drift. Cross cuts would be in aggrillite. Veins 3-5 feet in width. The veins and agrillite aren't solid there are lots of seams. At this point just prospecting trying to open up some old workings blast a few outcrops and boulders. I am hoping to drive 15...
  13. HIgh explosives or low

    Headed into the sheriff's office tomorrow to get fingerprinted for the atf explosive permit. Got good info from here mostly from reading BlasterJ's posts and articles in the ICMJ. Still, I have alotta questions! Being a small operator I thought staying with the low explosives on the...
  14. Sierra blaster

    My personal problem with the micro blasters has been vuggy rock. When I'm drilling if I hit an air pocket the microblast cannot achieve the air pressure it needs to break the rock and all I get is a muffled fart. Going to make getting a license for high explosives a priority this year.
  15. Feed & Transfer Conveyors

    I don't have alot of experience but for my hard rock mill I have a big generator running for the jaw crusher and ball mill anyways so plugging into a conveyor at 120v makes sense. For the placer feeding the trommel with a 12v might work ok but depending on the size of the trommel might not be...
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