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Converting a standard sluice
« on: December 06, 2008, 06:45:00 PM »
if you have a standard sluice box, you can convert it into other configurations without damaging it. Here is a picture of a standard keene sluice box.


A standard sluice works well if  you are in an area that has coarse gold, above 20 mesh.
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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2008, 06:52:24 PM »
To convert the sluice, just take out the standard riffles. Then  you will need some rails made out of wooden molding, and some clips. Here is a picture.

You need to cut a  notch in each rail so that it will fit over the bolt that the sluice has that the standard riffles fit under.
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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2008, 06:59:45 PM »
This sluice has small expanded metal for riffles, 2 sizes. The top expanded metal is what comes with the standard sluice, and the expanded metal on the bottom is smaller. I leave the carpet that comes with the sluice in and cover the whole bottom of the sluice with miners moss, then the expanded metal. You place the wooden rails at the edges, hold the rails down and put on the big clamps. The small clamps hold the expanded metal down on both ends of the sluice. Here is a picture.

this set up works very well for fine gold.
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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2008, 07:44:36 PM »
nice tutorial Deserdog, a good idea for quick changing your sluice to suit whatever conditions you might get yourself into  {cool^sign}

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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2008, 08:08:13 PM »
Deserdog nice MOD I like that setup a lot....the larger rocks roll over the expanded metal so less time
spent classifing your gravel  {cool^sign} {cool^sign} I was thinking of making something like that but
it will look like the grizzly sluice 3 Grizzly Sluice 3.
The grizzly sluice 3 is a good idea but I am not spending $500 +S&H for it...this way I can make my own.
Thanks Deserdog {cool^sign}

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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2008, 08:27:12 PM »
You can also put astro turf in the sluice with the rails. Here is a picture of that set up.

To keep the tail end of the astro turf down, you need a piece of metal rod that gos under the rails, you can see it in the picture.

Believe it or not, this set up with the astro turf catches most of the gold, fine and coarse, that goes over it.
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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2008, 09:27:01 PM »
Great ideas Deserdog!!!  I can see it now..."The Deserdog All In 1 Sluice"  [-1st-]
 Great post..thanks for sharing  {cool^sign}

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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2008, 10:56:53 PM »
I like the different configurations because you do not have to buy another sluice for a different area. Of all the sluices, I like the astro turf best, becasue it catches both the coarse and fine gold. EVery so often when feeding the astro turf sluice, I will shake my hand on top of the astro turf. Just on the top though. This causes a lot of the lighter material to wash out.
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Re: Converting a standard sluice
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2008, 10:18:41 AM »
Yes thats the principle I do use on some sluices, and it does work well!! <-good_>
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