Metal Detecting & Prospecting
10 Metal Detecting Tips to Help You Find More Treasure
The metal detecting hobby can fill your pockets with rare coins, silver, and gold. Check out my 10 tips to help you find more treasure with your metal detector.
What Clothing Should I Wear While Metal Detecting?
Are you relatively new to metal detecting and wondering what to wear? Here we explore some options for you to consider to make sure you're well prepared.
4 Important Inexpensive Basic Tools for Gold Prospecting
Besides the iconic gold pan, there is a fistful of tools that are simple, yet will enhance your experience in your search for gold. Your recovery rate will be better, especially for fine gold. This article will focus on the magnetic separator, the classifier, the pin-pointers, and the metal trowel.
Identifying Gold Ore: What to Look for
While most amateur gold prospectors are looking for placer gold, it doesn't hurt to be aware of the physical properties of gold ore. As prospectors wander the desert landscape in search of placer, they observe hundreds of acres of rocky mountainous country that might show signs of possible gold ore.
How to Get Permission to Metal Detect Private Property
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.
Tips for Underwater Metal Detecting Old Swimming Holes
Old swimming holes are great places to metal detect for rare coins and valuable jewelry. Check out my tips for metal detecting in the water and recovering cool stuff.
How to Find Deep Silver Coins With the AT Pro Metal Detector
The AT Pro metal detector is capable of locating deep silver coins in the ground. Check out my tips for using this machine to find those deeper coins that others have missed.
Tips for Metal Detecting Sidewalks and Curb Strips
The grass between the curb and the sidewalk is a good place to go metal detecting for coins and rings. Check out my tips for metal detecting sidewalk grass.
My Review of the Gray Ghost Amphibian Headphones for Metal Detecting
Your metal-detecting headphones should be waterproof if you plan to find and recover submerged objects. Check out my review of Gray Ghost Amphibian headphones to find out if they're good for treasure hunting in water.
My Review of the Lesche T-Handle Shovel for Metal Detecting
Are you looking for a t-handle shovel for metal detecting or gardening? Check out my review of the Lesche t-handle shovel to find out if it's worth it.
The Best Metal Detecting Sites for Old Coins and Rings
Are you looking for the best metal detecting sites to find old coins and rings? These are the places where I make my best finds.
My Review of the Lesche Digging Tool for Metal Detecting
Check out my review of the handheld Lesche digging tool for metal detecting. I discuss the product's pros, cons, and overall value.
My Review of the Garrett Pro Pointer AT (Garrett Carrot)
Check out my review of the handheld Garrett Pro Pointer, and find out if it's a good pinpointer for metal detecting.
Spiral Wheel Gold Panning Machines: Automated Gold Recovery
Most amateur prospectors want a way to take the hassle out of hand-panning for gold. Many tools have been devised over time to simplify the process including miller tables, sluices, nugget buckets, and blue bowl concentrators. A spiral wheel gold panning machine is one more to consider.
Fine Gold Recovery With a Blue Bowl Concentrator
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.
The Miller Table: Refining Fine Placer Gold
One frustrating aspect to amateur gold prospecting is the difficulty refining gold from black sand pay dirt. There are a number of devices around that make the task easier, but for my money, a Miller Table with its regulated slow water flow and attracting surface is the best.
Why the Nugget Bucket Concept Is Golden for Panning
Since time immemorial, man’s efforts have been directed at one thing: making life easier, including when it comes to developing gold-prospecting tools that eliminate much of the demanding work of mining. A Nugget Bucket reduces the gold-panning process significantly.
Ways to Test Gold Ore in the Field
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.
Find Placer Deposits, Gold Quartz Veins, Piedmonts, and Minerals
Finding gold in the wild is hard. Where to to pan for gold is of paramount importance. Whether placer gold deposits or hard rock gold, you need an edge. Here are some gold geological considerations.
Making Arizona Placer Gold-Mining Easier: The Dry Washer
Some basic gold prospecting supplies are essential for large mining companies and the recreational gold-miner. Dry washers are a type of equipment useful in the dry southwest, particularly Arizona.
The Best Ways to Clean Metal-Detecting Finds
Found coins are usually in too poor a state to be used unless they are cleaned up first. Even banks will not accept them. Metal detectorists all need to clean their treasures, but what are the best ways? Here we have a look at the various household liquids that can be used, as well as different rock tumbling machines and electrolysis.
Where to Pan for Gold: Tips for the Amateur Prospector From a “Pro”
Every river in the world contains gold. However, some rivers contain so little gold that one could pan and sieve for years and not find even one small flake. Learn where to pan and where not to pan.
Where to Find and What to Look for When Gold Prospecting and Panning
New gold prospectors have a problem on their first gold club outing. They've heard about panning for gold, and maybe how to use recovery equipment, but on claim arrival finding a spot is a new story.