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We are thrilled that so many are taking the time to send in a great deal of
info from their experiences. Rather than "summarize" so many, we started
giving some a full page. Visit them, read them then come back here for more.
Nice Video sent in by customer.
6.5 grams in one day.
Watch a customer video sent in just recently.
Charlie did a great job.
Watch it HERE
Well I got to test out my GOLD HOG mat today snuck out and
just before the rains started again used my ( 9" X 60" @ 4500 GPH @ 2" per
ft.) sluice in the San Gabriel river at the lower end near cattle canyon
Lots of fines at this location ( see pic ) this is from 1 - 5 gallon bucket
rains started and had to pack up. I have never been able to hold the fines (
-50 or smaller ) without dropping my water flow to less than 1000 GPH ( 1"
deep X 10 wide @1/2 drop per ft. ) and to do that I had to prescreen to 1/8"
and possibly loose pickers or bigger great job to every one there at GOLD
From Klondike Ike - Arizona
To start off....
I have been commercially mining for over 30 years...had retired, but am now
starting a new commercial operation. This placer operation site averaged
1.66 ounces per ton of black sand... We recover over 150 pounds of black
sand per ton of raw gravels, when using a method to constantly recover the
black sand, rather than let it run out the box. Approx 15 tons of raw placer
material produces 1 ton of black sand.... We expect to run approx 50 ton per
hour. This is some of the richest placer ground with such large
concentrations of black sands I have ever seen, even using traditional
means, with 40 percent of the placer gold is in a sulfide form, locked up in
the black sands.
Picture from some of last year's sampling...
got your matting installed in a small 10 in wide, 48 inch long testing
sluice....not sure of the amount of water, but was running a 1 1/2 in
electric sump pump necked down to 2ea. 3/4 inch pipe sources for water in
the grizzly and for the sluice....the sluice running at 2 inch to the
foot... and had a steady stream of material entering the grizzly...
Our material was screened to 1 inch minus and we ran 5 buckets of
Just doing a test mind you.. certainly not seeking production in a small
sluice set up like what we have...
Last year using standard carpet and such in the same sluice box, we gathered
samples for assay on our properties....and while these assays came out very
good... using your matting... and installing just like the videos says to
do... we captured almost as much extremely fine gold, under 100 mesh for
sure in these 5 buckets as we did in a full yard of material last year with
conventional sluice material...
The capture rate didn't seem to matter if we prescreened the material to 1/4
inch minus or 1 inch minus.... just didn't make a difference... with the
velocity of the water, even the larger 1 inch rocks walked easily off the
sluice just like they should and still captured the extremely small gold..
At the end of the day... we found 1 piece of extremely small gold in our
"Insurance" box below the main sluice we have set up...but we were running
at high velocity and steep decline angle....
Your matting kicks butt...
I love it....
From Earl - Washington State
This picture is of 3/4 hour run with the
UR Matt. The time includes classify to 1/8, sluice and panning.
The picture I sent came from a small
creek here in Washington state. The sluice12"
x 60"was in the stream
with UR mat and 24" of expanded at the end.
We knew there was gold but not that
much. They usually get 1/3 that amount in 3 to 4 hours.
(Click the HERE to see the full size. A new window will open.)
From Tom H. - Arizona
Just wanted to give you some feedback on the mat that I received from you.
I installed it in my homebuilt 8" trommel and ran some cons from my
Here in Arizona we have abundant black sand so after I shut it off the
riffles were packed with nothing but black sand. I panned that out and got
some nice gold out of it.
I figured with that much black sand in the sluice I lost some fines....so I
re-ran the cons.
I didn't get a speck out of the rerun!
I did the same with two 5 gallon buckets of dirt I sucked up and the same
results....gold in the first run....nothing in the second run.
Congratulations on a great product and thanks.
If you send a E-mail back I can send a picture of the sluice prior to clean
up so you can see the amount of black sand in it.
From Klondike Ike - Arizona
(Update #2 and recent pics.)
I am in the
beginning stages of setting up a small commercial mine in Arizona... and
while waiting for our main production and recovery plant to arrive, we have
been doing some prospecting and sampling.......plus just basically getting
used to the new Gold Hog matting...
The pictures below shows our sample sluicing set up... we are in a dry area,
so we recycle our water...
There are a couple of things to note in the pictures that may help you with
your beginning use of the Gold Hog matting...
1) Note we
are not spoon feeding the material, we are in fact POURING the material in
at a rather fast rate....(something you cannot do with your current off the
shelf sluice box set up....
2) Note how STEEP the angle is on my boxes... (close to 2 inches per foot)
...they are a off the shelf sluice boxes...nothing special...until I
modified them as follows....the top one is 48 inches long.. the bottom one
is 36 inches long...
The top one has 2 sections of the "UR" Gold Hog matting...followed by 2
sections of the Gold Hog "SCRUBBER" matting and finishing off the box with
the UR matting to the end of the box...The lower box has ONLY the Gold Hog
UR matting in it...I placed a "damper" at the end of the upper box just to
remove the "rooster tail" from the water coming off the top box and entering
the lower box... it has NOTHING to do with the gold recovery in this
3) Using the standard riffle set up that come with the off the shelf boxes,
I removed some and and moved some of the riffles to get a steady 6 inch
spacing from the tail end of one riffle to the front end of the next
riffle...and completely removing all riffles in the "SCRUBBER" section...as
the SCRUBBER section has built in riffles of their design. (this
modification was following their---"Gold Hog"---instructions...when using
4) Using an oversized pump... you will also note an extreme amount of water
flow and the high velocity of the water.... which would normally blow out
the gold in your unmodified off the shelf sluice box.... However... set up
the way I have described above... not
only did we capture gold.. we sample panned our tailings and found NO GOLD
5) We knew this area of our property ONLY gave up extremely fine gold
particles...200 mesh or smaller...so we figured this would be a great test
for this new Gold Hog matting.... Several folks have sample panned this area
and claim there is no gold in this dirt...After running only less than 1/2
yard of screened material to minus 1/2 inch...of which we ran in about 20
minutes...after panning out the cons.. in the upper box we found an
estimated over 400 specs of gold, probably smaller than 200 to 300 mesh...so
they don't show up in the picture very well at all.. so I don't have a pix
to show you...and in the lower box... which has standard dredge riffles in
it spaced every 6 inches on top of the UR matting... we found 4 specs....
I posted this to help those who read these posts to increase their gold
recovery... STOP using the carpets and off the shelf matting those most
prospecting stores sell... Start using the Gold Hog matting.. follow their
instructions completely. Do NOT deviate from them...and you will be a very
happy camper.......and prospector too...lol
One final note.. the Gold Hog matting is not cheap.. it is above average in
expense.. but will pay for itself many times over in a short amount of
time...just remember 3 things.. Lots of water... High Velocity of water and
steep box angle...
I hope and wish everyone a great and prosperous time of prospecting and
From DUSTY, in California. February 2012
We chose Dusty as one of the field testers from a regular inquiry email.
Years of experience, regular guy, time to work the mat, and great energy.
After looking at his modified set up, DOC created this design for him to
test. Alternating Scrubber and UR all the way down his 20" wide and 60" long
sluice. (Since the flow would be fairly flat and smooth.) Here is his first email from day one:
First of all I want to tell you that after trying your mat out for the first
time, I'm totally elated. I've been dredging since '72 and I've come to the
conclusion years ago that all I was accomplishing was transferring gold in
the river and getting a percentage.
I know I've lost way more gold than I recovered.
I've tried all of the different combinations of mats, riffles. punch plates,
flow, angle, altering my sluices with my own "innovations"... Added surface
tension mudflaps, you name it, I've tried it.
I ran my Redneck, homebuilt highbanker that seems to work well for the first
time and had your mat in it. Since I'm new at "Power sluicing" I know your
mat helped me tremendously. It captured super fine gold that was mainly in
black sand and clay.
I ran the sluice at the wrong angle but learned that on your new video on
the Scrubber mat. I'm used to regular riffles and ran it to slow showing
I have a combo unit that puts out a bunch of pressure. I ran it just about a
third of what it'll do. I wasn't using the suction nozzle so that really
slowed me down. I'm ready now to use my modified blaster nozzle and run a
BUNCH of material down that mat.
At this point, I REALLY trust the mat, which is a major factor.
I've dredged most all the rivers in Ca. but I really keep going back to a
river that has almost all real fine gold. It's a challenge because there's a
zillion pounds in that river if I could refine my capture and classification
At the end of the day I knew it would be a challenge to get the gold out of
the mat because it holds onto it so well.
After watching your last "Scrubber" video, I can do it no problem.
I can tell you must be a hydrology scientist and smart.
You must have a quadrillion hours into that mat and even just after one days
use, I sincerely doubt if anybody can beat your design.
I have total faith in the Gold Hog mat and want some for my beach box too!
I'm happier than heck and finally feel like I have a chance to beat the odds
that river has deprived me of for decades.
THANK YOU DOC!!!
Dusty the dredger, power sluicer...
(Dusty also shot some video and more pics. We'll post them soon.)