Prospecting Equipment

Billions of Dollars in Gold Still Waiting to Be Found!

In 2009 the Associated Press reported that, “Many miners, who are currently working the California gold fields believe that only 10 percent of the gold in the Sierra Nevadas was discovered in the original gold rush”.

That means that there are literally BILLIONS of dollars in gold waiting to be found in California and just about every other state in the Union.

The use of modern prospecting equipment, such as gold detectors, lightweight dredges, and lightweight sluices will allow a new generation of gold prospectors to strike pay dirt, because the gold is there. It’s just been hard to get to… until today.

Some hobbies can be expensive, but if you are going to try mining for gold, you only need to purchase a few inexpensive tools to get started.

Some of the same type of tools have been incorporated in gold prospecting for centuries, only some of the new versions make prospecting easier and, at times, more profitable.

To start on your new treasure hunting venture, some of the tools and supplies you will need are:

Gold Panning Kits

These are a great way for beginners to get started prospecting! The most basic piece of equipment you will need to find gold is a Gold Pan.

You can use a simple metal pie pan for prospecting, but the new plastic pans work much better for many reasons.  First off, they float in water, rather than sink like steel or metal pie pans do.

Plastic pans won’t rust through like metal pans will and the gold and black sand specks will be easier to identify on a green or blue plastic pan.

The plastic gold panning pans are also less expensive than most metal pans made specifically for gold prospecting.

Sniffer Bottles

These are plastic bottles with a cone shaped top that you can use to sniff the gold up from the pan.

All you do is put the end of the bottle where the gold is and gently squeeze it to create a suction to sniff up the gold up into the bottle.

This makes it from more easier than trying to handle the gold or pour it into a plastic baggie.

Sluice Boxes

Sluice boxes are a huge improvement over just panning. They’re not hard to operate and they vastly increase production over simply panning.

Sluices are a tool that has always been used as well in prospecting.

A portion of the riverbed is dump into the sluice box, along with water, and the heavier gold gets trapped in the crannies of the box while the sand and lighter rocks get washed away by the water.

With today’s version, a motor and a hose helps you wash water through the sluice and attached dredge to seek out gold quicker and more efficiently.

Gold Metal Detector

Gold detectors are not your granddad’s metal detectors. They are cutting edge electronic tools designed specifically to find gold in smaller quantities and at greater depths than older devices and toughened to withstand the harsh environment of the gold fields.

One of the more popular subcategories of the gold detector is the Underwater Metal Detector.  These allow you to confidently look for gold in places you simply can’t otherwise such as rivers, lakes and in the ocean (if hunting for sunken Spanish treasure is your thing).

Gold Dredges

Dredges often allow weekend prospectors to go full-time!

Dry Washers

These are used to prospect for gold in areas where there is no water available, such as the desert.

A crude form of them have been used since the early prospecting days, which used the air flow and vibration to sift through the sand and rock to find gold.

Modern technology uses a motor to help provide air flow and/or to vibrate the boxes to shake away the debris so you can see the gold.

Misc. Gold Mining Tools

Even for a weekend prospector the right shovel can literally be worth its weight in gold. Gold mining tools need to be tough, durable, and reasonably priced.

The gold is out there if you are willing to make the effort, and with modern gold mining equipment even greenhorns stand a chance of striking it rich.