How to Build a Sluice Box

How to Build a Sluice Box

Learning how to build a sluice box is a fairly straightforward process. A sluice box is essentially a scaled down version of a river – it separates the lighter worthless materials from the heavier valuable materials, just like a river does, the difference being that you can take the sluice box out of the river and extract the gold using either a pan and other type of separation system.

How to build a sluice box – The Parts

The parts of a sluice box are as follows :

  • the main body of the sluice box -
how to build a sluice box - main body

how to build a sluice box - main body

  • Above the main body of the sluice box lies the miners moss, this catches the smallest of the small gold -
how to build a sluice box - miners moss

how to build a sluice box - miners moss

  • Above the miners moss is expanded metal, this catches larger gold than the miners moss but not the largest gold -
how to build a sluice box - expanded metal

how to build a sluice box - expanded metal

  • Above the expanded metal there will be the riffles, these catch the largest of the gold and also introduce turbulent flow into the sluice box so that the expanded metal and miners moss can catch the smaller golds -
how to build a sluice box - riffles

how to build a sluice box - riffles

  • V mats are placed at ether end of the sluice box. The one on the right hand side of the image is the one that you use to see if gold is entering int the sluice box system. The one on the left hand side is used to ensure that you are not losing gold out the other end of the sluice box.
how to build a sluice box - v mats

how to build a sluice box - v mats

 

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