Charcoal Crucible Recipe
May 2001 by Charles L. Butler...using charcoal briquettes (and no starter fluid) and a few other easily attainable ingredients.
• Doing hard time, making easy money
• A cozy bear prevents miners from doing research. Well, sort of...
Looking around, I could tell that this was an old hand-digging. As I walked around the perimeter of the digging I could see shovel and pick marks scratched on the clean, hard clay and bedrock.
An online video gave me some ideas, and with a lot of trial and error I developed a reliable method of panning free gold particles down below 35 microns quickly and easily.
The red dot on the diagram points out where the gravels there were also carrying, but not as much color. The gold was sparse below the point indicated.
Over the years, I've noticed a pattern in the type of rocks associated with the best gold deposits in Midwestern glacial gravel.
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