Keene Hand Sluice Box (A52) and upgrading mats
I currently have a keene A52 sluce and so far i been playing at prospecting for a couple of years, And starting to get back into it as a hobby, as i have such fun out in the woods with no computers , I really want to buy a raptor or super hog, i have been watching the videos and love the idea of the fine gold as mostly what i find is super fine flower gold in the river me and my partner go panning and sluicing in. But i was wondering if i should or can be replacing the mats with some of the ones you make as we dont seem to catch anything in the sluice but i have been watching the videos so going back this weekend to try some the techniques i've gleened off your videos and website. We always find the gold panning , but we figure weve been doing the sluice wrong after watching the videos hopefully by spring will have enough saved for a highbanker.. as where we go have to hike in and work to get it , but thats half the fun. So just wondering if i can even replace the matting under the riffles on this type of sluice i may be better to wait and buy a new highbanker
Hello fellow prospector I am no expert but if you are going to use gold hog matting which are great you do not want to use the riffles just run bare mats. You may have to do a little modification at the top of your sluice box for the mat to fit, hope this helps and watch Doc's video's and what mats are good for a sluice. The mats have no problem catching fine gold.
Its the videos of the mats that made me want to convert to gold hog mats. While watching the video on the multisliuce late last night i kinda seen how i could convert to the mats.. i figured a nice screw with a washer and a wing nut out bottom to get mat to stay put. I'll attach a youtube video later of our sluice setup from this weekend, didnt find any on this stream , but decided to try this stream as looked easier to walk up ( it wasnt once it curved away from the road. ) Soon it will be freeze up and i can then only dream of gold till spring 🙂
I took all the carpet and riffles out of my A52 and made some mats for it.
I copied the low and high flow mat setup from the goldhog stream sluice except I replaced the downdraft with motherload and put the mother load at the end of the high flow in place of the UR.
So far I have used the high flow almost exclusively and I catch specks so little that I have to go over it 3&4 times to make sure it's in my pan cause it's almost unseen.