How to Pan Gold Dry
How to Dry Pan: Dry panning is not that highly considered by many people and many things have been said about it. However in general dry panning has not proven to be as good as wet panning for weekend prospectors and even to people that have a lot of experience and the equipment for it. Dry panning goes better when it is done on a large scale mining operation and for those that have the sophisticated and very expensive machinery and equipment. Obviously we are not saying that nobody else can or hasn’t found gold this way, the only problem is that it is in many occasions difficult to find enough gold this way in order to make the effort you have put into it worthwhile.
We are aware that a lot of people pan for pleasure, on the weekends and obviously the intent is also to make a profit off of it as well. Because of all these factors, it is important you learn about dry panning. The basic idea of dry panning is very similar to the idea of wet panning, however there are some very big differences in them especially when it comes to the surroundings of the place you are going to be working in.
If you are the type of person that enjoys the desert, then dry panning may be just the thing for you. There are many people that enjoy searching the desert areas whether this is as a weekend hobby or to do some serious prospecting. Some people use a small type of dry washer when working in these types of areas because they are easy to transport and some of them are hand operated or driven by a little motor. Dry washers can be used and are normally used to test the area first to see if the area is worth searching through. There are a good number of prospectors that use these on outings on the weekend but they do not usually bring about a great amount of profit.
The difference between dry panning and wet panning is the fact that in dry panning you are panning without water. Remember that wet panning requires water for the gold to settle down to the bottom of the pan. In dry panning it is the exact opposite. The sand or gravel needs to be totally dry. If the gold is going to settle in dense material, it needs to be totally dry. In order to get gold by dry panning it will need to be in a loose suspension of dry gravel or sand so that it can settle without difficulty.
Dry panning is very hard when it is used as a way of recovering fine gold. If you are the type of person that has a lot of patience and you know how to use the pan correctly, it can however be done.
Obviously it is a much easier job when the gold is heavier and is in bigger pieces and it’s much more practical this way too. The good thing about gold pans is that they can be used to find other objects as well such as coins on the beach or seashells etc. Pans are often times used to look for gems however if you are going to be looking for them you will need to be more careful with how you pan since gems are not as heavy as gold. The good thing is that if you have a good pan, it does not matter what you are panning, the riffles in it should trap the concentrates that are heavier and give you time to check the contents whether it is dry or wet.