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Post  goldrocs on Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:50 pm

Hey Guys..
Have been sluicing for a while now and finding my share of gold have been using
a high banker with the geen matting,is there a better matting that picks up the
fine gold, ive look at miners mat on ebay have to get it from the states,any ideas
would be a great help....

Dave... confused
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Post  GoldstalkerGPX on Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:01 pm


G'day, I was watching some vid's the other night and they were talking about a matting cheap from Bunnings, I don't remember what they called it, but it looked like a 'scotch brite' scour pad.
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Post  goldrocs on Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:09 pm

Thanks for the info will have alook ...

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Post  skysite on Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:15 pm

Hey Dave
I have a bit of marine carpet here and I'll bring the rest of that other matting you can try out next trip
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Post  panhead on Tue Mar 15, 2011 2:06 pm

+1 on the Marine carpet. I use it, and it does a good job of picking up the fine stuff.
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Post  Guest on Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:03 pm

The problem with marine carpet is it is impossible to get ALL the gold out. Use black V-rib mat in your sluice and you will get all your fine gold and it will be easy to clean. Also, if your carpet is 8mm thick you are reducing the height of your riffle by 8mm,thus reducing its efficiency. No more carpet/grass or spaghetti mat. Just the black stuff, and you can see the gold easily on it too.

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Post  Guest on Wed Mar 16, 2011 8:35 am

Cool Over the years we have tried all the types of matting which is suitable for sluicing. The main points that stood out was each type of matting works well in one particular type of sluice but very poorly in another. Due mainly to water flow, riffle configuration and the operational angle of the unit at hand. The marine carpet would be the best all rounder, but it is a real bugger to get all the fine gold out of the carpet weave. Miners moss works well but has a tendency to clog it is not self cleaning. Once your matting clogs it’s good by to any fine gold which may come into your sluice. And that is the reason why we use the open holed matting it is self cleaning and at days end you get all the gold, and not spend days belting the B/G’s out of carpet. Ideally any type of matting used in a sluice you should be able to burn to retrieve any fine gold which may be trapped in it’s fibre.
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Post  skysite on Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:14 am

thanks james
i dont use the carpet i have the hungarian riffles with the V shaped rubber in the top box this works well and as you said easy to clean....but everyones different and its all about what suits the person using it.
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Post  Guest on Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:37 am

Skysite,
How true check out Pages 9/10 & 18/19 they are very much worth a read. At http://www.artisanalmining.org/userfiles/file/Pg34-52Ch4GravityConcentration.pdf
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