Well… I need to patent it and such.
I’m not really into sluicing/panning. And I never knew you guys had to resift your concentrates again!
Bah, what a hassle, especially if you have to lug several kg’s of iron sand, magnetite and other junk home.
My aim is to have something compact - you can carry it on your back, under 5kg, ideally 1kg-2kg max.
Researched Gold Cubes, Trommels, Magic Wheels, high bankers, mini sluices, spiral sluices, and different kinds of matting.
Trommel appealed to me the most, but that was only a sorter for a sluice.
And I thought; what happens if you are in a dry area (up a mountain side, away from water), or the water is frozen? Well, how about having a closed system.
It must be very simple. Non mechanical (silent) and able to be used at fossicking areas YAY.
But, if I was going to use it, there is NO way I want to mess around cleaning the thing then reprocessing concentrates. All in one go baby (at least to a reasonable level).
That is a little problem, it needs to be Stainless Steel to survive the larger rocks (only about 8cm).
Also needs to be easy to disassemble for cleaning and if some parts need replacing.
The only matting is a very small amount, and it doesn’t necessarily need to be cleaned often.
And perhaps able to take a small solar powered motor perhaps. But that is secondary.
The design is quite complex, but very simple to use and even pretty easy and cheap to construct.
It sorts out the material into sizes, which can be a pain if you have a 0.5g or larger nugget. But that just means raking through those stones/pebbles really.