Took a while but finally managed to get some photos of the new sluice carpet laid down in the head of an awesome TIG welded Aluminium Klondike like longtom. It works way, way better than i expected and clean up was the easiest i have ever experienced. With carpet it gets clogged up, miners moss clogs, wool, coconut fibre, etc. The black sands run straight off and had no loss under cleanup conditions. Capture rate outperformed V mat by miles. The Longtom / sluice itself is made here in Tassie and is super light, solid and purpose built to get into the creek bed and keep the water off it so you can work it in even a trickle of water. One of the best built sluice box's i have seen. With this you just pick the gold out..
The black sands i collected last week where juiced up and cleaned off in seconds, leaving nothing but gold. Some of the sands floated but where devoid of gold under 100x magnification. Red was the best colour i have found to make the gold stand out the most. I tried multiple colours and textures before i got the right one. Nothing was found in the tailings so near 100% capture rate? There would have to be some superfine flour gold lost. but i could not find any in the tailings at all. The furthest the finest gold went was the 3rd riffle. A little black sand was under the expanded mesh itself. The mesh is the same dimensions the klondike prospecting association found to work the best after their sluice box research was finalized. flow rates, etc.
The best thing about the new cloth is the gold clings to it like glue. With or without riffles. Wet or dry. it is like a little sluice box in itself with thousands of little riffles built in to it.
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I have only pulled the pickers out and will burn the carpet in a few months to get any remaining flyshit gold.