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  • One of the most popular devices for separating fine placer from black sand concentrates is the famous Blue Bowl Concentrator. It is a type of gravity dam—the black sand is washed up and over a hollow plastic cone leaving only fine gold along the base of the cone and the bottom of the bowl.

    Fine Gold Recovery With a Blue Bowl Concentrator

    Fine Gold Recovery With a Blue Bowl Concentrator

    by John R Wilsdon0

  • So, you want to search for gold ore. How do you identify good gold prospects? If your strategy involves crushing any and every rock you come across, you'll be crushing for the rest of your life and won't find a flake. Here are some simple field tests you can perform to help you narrow your search.

    Ways to Test Gold Ore in the Field

    Ways to Test Gold Ore in the Field

    by John R Wilsdon4

  • While you should always check your local laws before you go metal detecting anywhere, there are several places you can typically metal detect without permission.

    6 Places to Metal Detect Without Permission

    6 Places to Metal Detect Without Permission

    by Matt G.1

  • The sluice (usually a wood, metal or plastic channel) allows water in a running creek to pass through with the heaviest of material (gold) settling behind riffles. Here's why setup and cleaning are crucial.

    How to Set Up and Use a Gold Sluice Box

    How to Set Up and Use a Gold Sluice Box

    by John R Wilsdon2

  • Asking a homeowner for permission to metal detect their yard might sound scary, but it's a lot easier than you think. With most public places already being hunted out, it's a lot easier to find rare coins and relics on private property.

    How to Get Permission to Metal Detect Private Property

    How to Get Permission to Metal Detect Private Property

    by Matt G.0

  • Finding old coins with a metal detector is a bit more challenging than finding modern coins that are often buried right below the surface. Check out my tips to help you find more old coins for your collection.

    Tips for Finding More Old Coins Metal Detecting

    Tips for Finding More Old Coins Metal Detecting

    by Matt G.0

  • Digging holes responsibly when metal detecting is respectful to both the property owner and the hobby itself. Learn how to recover objects from the ground without ruining grass and making a mess.

    How to Dig Metal Detecting Holes Responsibly

    How to Dig Metal Detecting Holes Responsibly

    by Matt G.1

  • Using the right digging tools for metal detecting makes cutting open dirt plugs a lot easier. Check out my recommendations for the best metal detecting digging tools that I personally use.

    3 Must-Have Metal Detecting Digging Tools

    3 Must-Have Metal Detecting Digging Tools

    by Matt G.0

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