How Long Does It Take to Pan 1 Ounce of Gold?

Submitted by: squrlz4ever 2 weeks ago in Lifestyle Misc
Those of you dreaming of quitting that office job may want to watch this first.

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Male 7,516
I would love to try panning, but I could see myself getting gold fever and doing nothing but searching for gold.
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Male 2,793
I have to agree with stevopusser using a simple sluse would be the best way. I've tried panning and its slow and unfulfilling. 
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828
Works out to US$24ish/hr, so still better than a min wage job... though you'd have to keep finding good ground.
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Male 10,070
barry9a Agreed. And you'd have to maintain that brisk pace this man was working at, day after day, week after week. I'm not sure many people could withstand the wear and tear on the back, knees, and shoulders for long.

In a later video, this same gentleman does the same experiment using a sluice box and the results are significantly better. I was actually surprised at how well the numbers looked. You wouldn't get rich, but it appeared to be possible to make a respectable living today running a sluice box on a decent claim.

Shall I post the sluice box video as a follow-up?
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Male 3,051
I play with panning, emphasis on the word play, around the mountain streams here in the Blue Ridge. You look for black sand on an out side corner and work that. I get a flake here and there and I'm putting it in a jar like that in the picture but at the rate I collect it'll be 10 years to fill it. But it's fun and a YAHTZEE when I find a nice flake. 
I gotta have a better hobby than drinking as I get older.
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Male 50
scheckydamon you might want to start panning on the inside corners.  that is where all the largest sediment collects from river flow.  you've been looking in the wrong spot!!!
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Male 3,051
bb17 I think that’s what I meant. If you’re standing in the middle of the stream looking upstream, it would be the side of a bend in the stream that went  to the less flow side. Does that make any sense? I know what I mean but I can’t describe it. If I could draw it you’d know what I mean.
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Male 50
scheckydamon it does not make sense.  bend your arm and look at your elbow.  imagine water running down your arm.  would you be digging for gold in the inside (soft) part of your elbow?  or the outside (bone) part of your elbow?   the gold is on the inside.  sediment collects there mostly due to flow physics.
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Male 3,051
bb17 Thanks. That describes it. Inside the elbow. Don’t know why I couldn’t put it words.
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3,688
OK, first, that beard is awesome! Second, Me, my truck, a drone and this book might all come together. Worst case, I get to screw around in the desert, can't say no to that!

 
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Male 309
skypirate You'll have to learn how to "dry wash" in the desert, with no water.
The first 49'ers in California's gold rush could pan up to a "tin cup full" from some rich placers.  Of course, they quickly started using rocker sluices and then "long Tom" ones. You can easily buy and carry in portable sluices nowadays, too, so a pan like this guy is using is only useful for testing gravel; once you find some good stuff, you break out the sluice and get to work.
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stevopusser I grew up in dryness, I know the game. First, always tell someone where you are going. Second, think about how much water you need, triple it and you're there. 
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