Gold Panning is Not Hard to Learn, This Will Get You Started
Gold panning is a great recreational activity for families to enjoy, as well as individuals who like to relax in the outdoors. Gold panning is also a great side activity for fisherman.
During the heat of the day when the fish seem to bite less, a fisherman can pull out his gold pan and look for gold while waiting for the evening fishing to pick up.
Panning for gold does not require much in the way of equipment to get started, but like everything else you certainly can spend a lot of money on equipment if you like.
While California, Alaska, and North Carolina are well known for their gold many other states have public areas that produce gold.
And just because gold has never been found in your area, does not mean that it isn’t there!
A basic gold panning kit consists of a gold pan and a snuffer bottle. Gold pans come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and shapes.
However a standard pan is made of plastic and resembles a large flattened bowl. These are available from a variety of sources including eBay.
Other sources of gold pans include rock and mineral shops as well as many hobby shops. A gold pan will cost about $10.
Gold can, of course, be panned in just about any round container, but the inexpensive gold pans are more efficient than others.
The only other required item is a snuffer bottle. A snuffer bottle is a small plastic squeeze bottle with a narrow tip. The snuffer bottle is squeezed then used to suction the gold out of the pan.
The basic gold panning method is to scoop a likely looking area with the gold pan and submerge the pan into the water.
Use your hand to break lose any clumps in the pan. Raise the pan out of the water. Now, begin making a short circular motion with your hand to start the water in the pan to swirling. A motion with your hand like you are beating an egg is about right.
After about 30 seconds of swirling, gently tip the pan forward to allow just a trickle of water to escape until the pan is about half empty. Pick through the materials in the pan and remove any large rocks.
Take a look at the rocks to assure there is no gold adhering to the rocks! Toss the rocks out of the way so as to not pick them up over and over.
You may to repeat this process a few times to remove all of the large rocks. Now that the larger rocks are gone, add some more water to the pan to about ¾ full.
Again begin the circular motion to get the material swirling. Gently tip the pan while swirling to allow water and the lighter material to wash out of the pan.
Repeat this until just a small amount (a couple tablespoons or so) of material is left in the pan. Place just a small amount of water in the pan and make one gentle swirl with the water. Look for gold in the pan!
That is really about all there is to it. As some gold pans have the ridges in only part of the pan, make certain that you are pouring the water out of the pan over these ridges as this is water captures the gold. Try your hand at gold panning and good luck!