Ideas to make flow pan even better!
Got my flow pan a few days ago and it is truly the best pan that I have ever used!
Now a couple of ideas to make it even better.
1) the first question that my 4 year old grandson asked was where is his? The flow pan is too big for him to use effectively, but what about a pint sized version that would target 6 to 10 year olds? If you do this, put me down for 2!
2) your video suggests using the flow pan standing up in the stream, but you have to get out of the stream to load the pan (bending down to do that). How about a bucket stand that you can set up in the stream so you don't have to get out of the stream for each pan of material. To make things even better, how about an area on the bucket stand to rest the flow pan while you fill the pan?
my thought was if their was a flat space under water at the right depth for the flow pan to sit ( like in a lazy susan with side lips so it cant wash down stream) load it side ways and settle it ( ie rotate it shake it settle the gold) then turn the turntable and slide it back and forth so you never have to lift the pan.
... or maybe an upside down milk crate.
This spring I'll be trying a mortar mixing tub (A Lowes one) on the shore next to the panning spot. I'll start panning for two or three cycles, one or two loads / cycles on top of the prior worked down concentrates. Then just turn the Flow Pan upside down in the tub filled with water. Most of the retained material would just wash out into the tub (instantly!!!) and whatever doesn't wash out will stick around for a traditional mat removal every 3rd rinse out. Just a thought to try.
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Joe one thin I would like to mention is that the mixing trays I have seen are polypropaline ( PP#5) and the one I bought did not last very well. I prefer tubs of poly ethylene ( tuperware) by rubbermaid PE#1 alass rubbermaid now also makes some of their product out of polypropalene sorry for the misspellings