Back Garden Gold Panning
What is back garden gold panning?
It's exactly what it says on tin, panning for gold in
your back garden. Using material ('pay dirt' or 'panning
concentrates') obtained from someone dredging and
prospecting at a gold rich location and a gold pan you can
search for gold in the comfort of your own home or garden.
All you need is a gold pan, pay dirt and a big bowl of water
to wash your pay dirt in the pan, separating out the lighter
material and hopefully leaving behind the heavier gold.
Why do it?
Well, some people do it for fun, some parents buy panning
concentrates for their kids as an interesting and
educational activity, but back garden gold panning is also
the best way for anyone new to panning to learn a thing or
two about the basics before going into the field and trying
gold panning for real.
Where can I buy gold pans?
A lot of the larger metal detector dealers in the UK
stock the the Garrett gold pans and panning kits which are
excellent value for money (the kit in particular, as it
includes a book, a suction bottle and several pans etc. and
should be available for a little less than £30) most of the
larger dealers also sell via mail order, so you can buy over
the phone, or in some cases, via the net.
Why buy gold panning concentrates?
Because you are pretty much guaranteed to find some gold
in them, even though the amount is likely to be tiny. Before
heading out into the field you need to be sure that you have
developed a technique that works or you could be in for a
very frustrating time. Many sellers of panning concentrates
seed the bags of pay dirt with extra small amounts of gold,
this makes the panning concentrates an even better training
tool because they may add small flakes or nuggets as well as
Where Can I buy Panning Concentrates?
eBay is a good source of panning concentrates, go to
search for 'gold panning concentrates' or 'gold panning
dirt,' remember to search worldwide as most sellers of pay
dirt are based in the US or Canada. Pay particular
attention to postage and packing costs, getting the
panning concentrates shipped to you can be an expensive