First things first, what is a gold
classifier? You can think of them as strainers. They
help remove larger objects from your material. If you
are panning, using a classifier will save you a ton
of time. Panning without one can really be a pain in
the butt. You will have to fish out all of the larger
objects in your material.
Most gold bearing earth is also
loaded with rocks of various sizes and shapes. It can
also be loaded with chunks of wood, roots and even trash.
Classifiers help to remove all of this unwanted debris
before the actual panning stage and there are quite
a few to choose from. Each one has a different size
mesh allowing for different size debris to be trapped
before you even start panning.
Most gold classifiers are made
from plastic. There are several advantages to this.
One is weight. The lighter the better. Sometimes you
might have to hike a little while to get to your best
gold producing spot and the lighter your equipment is
the easier it is to get there. You will have plenty
of work to do once you get there. There is no need to
waste all of your energy on the hike.
I like the gold classifiers
that have several stages. Each one filtering out smaller
and smaller pieces of debris until you are left with
nothing but rich gold filled pay dirt.
Using a classifier is so simple.
You are going to let gravity do most of the work for
you. Simply put the classifier over a five gallon bucket,
pour some of your material over the classifier and start
sifting it. Once you are done make sure you look very
closely at what is left in the classifier. A lot of
times you will find stones or pebbles that are also
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