If you have some experience prospecting for gold, you know that much of the equipment is pricey. I am not saying it is not worth it; prospecting for gold is a lot of fun. But if the price of items has held you back a bit from doing what you really want to do, here are photos of a rocker box that I made from scrap lumber. I even made the screens out of scrap. I hope to make a drawing with dimensions soon.
In one picture you will see a black mini-sluice. These small plastic sluices cost you about $35 dollars. I bought one and built my rocker box to hold it. I put water through the screens (2, one of 1/4″, the second of 1/8″) to classify the material. I remove the screens and dump the rocks out.
When you shake the dirt material down the sluice by rocking the box back and forth, and while pouring in water (which carried away dirt and debris) you are left with a concentrate of heavier small material. In theory, the gold, if it’s there should be hidden. Then one pans that material to find the gold.
What this does is cut out a lot of panning, which also means you get rid of more material before panning. It helps your back and speeds the process up a bit. But you need to be near creek water for it to work. Otherwise you need to bring water, and you can run through an awful lot of water that way. I always use it when I know the water is running.
Some of you may not have a problem with running water (you live near big streams that run year round). I live in Arizona, hence, I use it when the water is running at my favorite places.
Hope to be back soon with a drawing dimensioned. Photos follow.d