Piglet mini - mini extension
Where I'm prospecting (in WA State), I'm limited to 3 sq ft (432 sq in) of sluice. My Piglet gives me 2 sq ft (288 sq in), so I'm looking for the best option to get my extra 144 sq in of sluice. My area is mostly fine river bar placer, so I need as much sluice as I can get.
I'm thinking my cheapest option would be to fab a 8"x18" extension for the piglet and just order some hog matting (not sure what I'd use), but I've also considered using something like a shortened "LeTrap" or similar just placed at the outlet to the Piglet.
On the costlier end, I suppose I could just order the regular Piglet extension and shorten the included matting, but not my preference.
I'm using a Honda WX15 for a pump, so flow isn't an issue.
Hello Steve welcome to the site I recently got back from Nome AK. and I was mining beach sands with my homemade piglet size highbanker with a extension, and of coarse with gold hog matting. I agree with your limited space if you can make your own extension fairly ease I would, on mine extension its like 3 years old I made it to flare to 11inches wide but it is 36" long. I understand you are limited to length, on my extension I am running UR Riverhog Downdraft Bedrock and 2 Motherlode seems to work good for me catching 100mesh and smaller. I still catching 90% of gold in top box running it fast feed rate. May want to contact Doc to see what he thinks about the mat choice I might go with UR Yukon ? or Bedrock and Motherlode hopes this helps.
Thanks Scrapper, I was considering putting in 18" of the new Big Wave matting and seeing how it works. I'll post an update when I get it up and running.
Got in touch with Gold Hog and they recommended Motherlode, so ordered some up.
Hello Steve and welcome I think you will be happy with that choice and good luck and lots of gold.
Hello Steve seen your picture looks good I think it should do you well once you get it tuned in good luck and thanks for the photo. I just finished turning my proline highbanker into a oversize piglet with a extension and a flare now I just need to order some mats.