Questions about sluice boxs

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So I'm new to this hobby and had a few questions for the pros. I am using a 24 inch hundred dollar box. I was wondering how many buckets should be ran through it before you clean it out? I was worried about losing gold by not cleaning it often enough. Any advice is grateful. Thanks.
 

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You only need to clean it out when you quit for a time. As long as its running correctly and not loading up, it will keep holding the gold. The worst thing for gold loss is surging. If you are going to stop and take a lunch break or something else, then go ahead and dump it and wash it clean.
 

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If you classify the material before you run it thru the box it will work really well for you..Keep your hands out dont rile up the material behind the riffles.. That is one good reason for classifying first...
 
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So moving the material is bad news and if the material is building up behind the grates its set up wrong?
 
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Alright thanks. Im watching it now. I'll be posting a video on my youtube channel "the wandering fools" on friday if you want to see how we do it. I feel like we're making a lot of mistakes but we're new to this and its a learning process.
 

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stream sluices can be a pain in the ass. You need them close to the best location for gold drop, but that may be a terrible spot for the sluice. You need enough water flow for the material, but not so much you are blowing out the fines. You need the right amount of drop, but that can be very hard to achieve if the stream is too flat, too shallow or too deep or too rocky. You can spend a lot of time building wing-dams and getting the box set just right, you need a good gold spot to make it worth the time involved.
 

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Sluice box legs make setup much easier, at least for me anyway.

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This is our find running it the way we have been. Im just wondering how much we've lost doing it this way. The first part of the video will be out tomorrow
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With gold that big, dont worry about the fines! Just concentrate on moving that material!
 

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Sluice legs really are amazing, when you try it you feel like a huge bone head idiot for not doing so years before. Yeah finding a good sluice spot near your hole is a pain.
 
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Sluice legs really are amazing, when you try it you feel like a huge bone head idiot for not doing so years before. Yeah finding a good sluice spot near your hole is a pain.
We're heading back tomorrow for a 2 day expedition for more gold. I'll be filming the 3rd part of my little sluice big money youtube video. I can already see a ton of mistakes we've made. But this is a learning process
 

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Yes, the sluice angle is very importment, if water current is fast the material moves right thru, is the current is slow you really need to classify to 3/8s or so, in order for the box to work, the material has to move thru so its up to you to make the proper adjustments. This is common sense stuff, ive been doing this since the early 70s just trying to pass on useful info i had to learn on my own...
 
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We're heading back tomorrow for a 2 day expedition for more gold.
 
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Yes, the sluice angle is very importment, if water current is fast the material moves right thru, is the current is slow you really need to classify to 3/8s or so, in order for the box to work, the material has to move thru so its up to you to make the proper adjustments. This is common sense stuff, ive been doing this since the early 70s just trying to pass on useful info i had to learn on my own...
We've done some research this thread being some of that research. We got the angles set up alright (we think...measuring tape, and level) amd feel we found a good bit of gold over the last 2 days. I'll update when we get itnall weighed out. Thanks for the help everyone
 

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We've done some research this thread being some of that research. We got the angles set up alright (we think...measuring tape, and level) amd feel we found a good bit of gold over the last 2 days. I'll update when we get itnall weighed out. Thanks for the help everyone

Finding the right angle is a little more than just using a tape and level.......

You need to set up the sluice and get the water flowing through it then toss in some material that you are going to run.
Then watch how it acts in the sluice, too steep and fast will wash out material and gold too quickly.

Too shallow and angle and too slow water flow will just let the material build up and then any additional material will just flow over the top of the plugged up riffles.

So you just need to do a little fine tuning from the initial setup....( Unless you were lucky enough to nail it )..... and watch how the material processes ... Don't overfeed, you have to let the water and riffle do the work for a proper exchange rate.

Here are a couple vids from Doc at gold hog that just might help you .... a lot....


 
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Alright. I'll check them out. This is a learning process and we are still very new to the whole thing. I'll be posting all 3 videos on my channel (the wandering fools) if you want to see how poorly we set it up. Haha. We found a good bit but because of our set up we probably lost just as much. Gonna go fight the black sand right now
 
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IMG_20191107_082346_304.jpg 4 hours and not through all my material
 

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Looks like your doing something right......:icon_thumleft:
 

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