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Videos: How To Pan for Gold

Panning instructions, tips and techniques




Learn How to Pan for Gold



The best way to learn about panning for gold is to observe the techniques of successful panners. Although the methods of these four panners are not identical they share two common goals:
  1. get the heavy gold particles to settle to the bottom of the pan by vigorously shaking the sediment-water mixture

  2. reduce the amount of sediment in the pan by gently washing off the top layer of material
Observe how each of the four panners achieves these two goals. Keep them in mind while you are prospecting for gold.

Some people practice panning by placing small pieces of metal such as snips of copper wire in a small amount of sediment and pan them out. Gold (19.30 grams/cubic centimeter) has a much higher density than copper (8.94 grams/cubic centimeter), so if you can successfully pan the copper you will have little trouble panning gold.

Before you go out to pan be sure that you learn more about gold prospecting methods, and about where gold panning is permitted.


Bob Snelson demonstrates how to pan for gold. Note how he uses a classifier (a screen) over a plastic bucket to eliminate large rocks and prepare some nice dirt for panning.


Mike Davis demonstrates his panning method emphasizing the importance of getting gold to settle to the bottom of the pan and gently washing the top layer of sand out of the pan. He also shows how to use a "snuffer" bottle.



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Gary Smith, a gold panner from British Colombia with 40 years of experience, demonstrates his panning methods and gives advice.




Even though their language is different their methods are the same. This prospector is prepared for the cold water with hip boots and heavy gloves.


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Looking for gold? We have over 50 different gold books and gold maps that show where gold has been found in the past and provide instruction on gold prospecting methods. Also available are gold pans in a variety of sizes and gold panning kits that include everything that you will need.


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