Panning Preparedness: Choosing the Proper Gold Pans
Ludlow, VT: Al’s Antiques on VT103 North of the Village of Ludlow has many pans in stock to choose from.
The blue pan offer multiple surfaces for gold separation. The blue pan is multi-stage. Wide riffles are used to separate larger material and catch heavier pieces in the riffle. The blue pan also has smaller close riffles for finer material that remains as you process.
Steel pan come with riffles or solid sides. 49ers used pans with solid sides. Don’t let rust bother you. Rust allows the finer gold flakes to stick.
Small black pans have medium size riffles and are generally used by beginners. Kids can handle these pans easily.
Larger pans simple hold more material and allow for more volume to be processed. They are heavier to handle and generally used by adults.