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 Sluice Boxes 


Sluices are long, narrow "boxes" that water passes through when put in a creek or stream. Nineteenth century gold miners used wooden varieties, but modern gold prospectors primarily use sluice boxes made of metal with miner's moss in the bottom for trapping gold. The idea is to position a sluice box in a running stream so that the water does the work-- separating the dirt and rocks away from the gold. Since gold is heavy, it will stay in the bottom of the sluice, trapped in the miner's moss. The non-motorized sluices below are made by Keene, Jobe, Tee-Dee, Le Trap, and Gold Buddy and are hand sluices.  Click here for Power Sluices / Highbankers.

For tips on how to properly set up and use a stream sluice, scroll to the bottom of this page.

    36 inch Sluice
    Price:
    $94.50
    36 inch Yellow Jacket Stream Sluice #6503
    45 inch Sluice
    Price:
    $109.50
    45 inch Yellow Jacket Sluice #6504
    Gold Buddy Mini Sluice
    Price:
    $69.50
    Item: 6524
    Gold Buddy Deluxe Mini Sluice
    Price:
    $84.95
    Item: 6535
    Price:
    $209.95

    36 inch Equipment Sluice and Stand  #7586

    Price:
    $199.95

    36 inch Extension Sluice with Stand #7587

    32 inch Sluice with Screen
    Price:
    $79.95

    Item: RD-S24  9 x 24" sluice

    32 inch Sluice with Screen
    Price:
    $89.95
    Item: RD-S40  32" sluice with screen
    36 inch sluice
    Price:
    $99.95

    Item: RD-S36  36" sluice

    48 inch sluice
    Price:
    $109.95

    48" sluice Item: RD-S48

    Backpack Prospecting Kit
    Price:
    $109.95
    Backpack Prospecting Kit Item: RD-BPP 
    Mini Steel Sluice Stand
    Price:
    $64.95
    Steel mini sluice frame 25x15x6
    Universal Sluice Stand
    Price:
    $64.50
    Item: 6501
    Collapsible Sluice Stand
    Price:
    $89.95
    Item: 5116
    Sluice Header Box
    Price:
    $74.50

    Sluice Header Box 6505

    Highbanker Dredge Hopper
    Price:
    $279.95
    Highbanker/Dredge Hopper #6508
    Price:
    $29.95

    10 inch Sluice Header Adapter

    10 inch Power Header Box
    Price:
    $104.95

    Item: RD-PHB  10" Power Header Box & Pump & Hose

    10 inch Power Header Box
    Price:
    $84.95

    Item: RD-PHB6  6" Power Header Box & Pump & Hose

    10" sluice Header box
    Price:
    $77.95

    Item: RD-SHB  10" Header box

    Miner Bazooka Gold Trap Sluice
    Price:
    $279.00

    Miner Bazooka Gold Trap Sluice - Heavy weight body construction/thickness with big grizzly; choose from 3 lengths

    Prospector Bazooka Gold Trap Sluice
    Price:
    $199.00

    Prospector Bazooka Gold Trap Sluice - Choose from 3 lengths, 2 body thicknesses and 2 grizzly sizes

    folding stream sluice
    Price:
    $144.50
    Folding Stream Sluice #6506
    Price:
    $39.95

    Header box for JOBE folding sluice

    Price:
    $34.95
    Item: 5096
    Tee-Dee E-Z Sluice
    Price:
    $47.50
    Item: 5896
    Tee-Dee E-Z Sluice Kit
    Price:
    $57.50
    Item: 5897
    Price:
    $14.95
    Item: 6512
    Le Trap River Robber Sluice
    Price:
    $99.95
    Item: 5106
    Le Trap Sluice Collapsible Stand
    Price:
    $89.95
    Item: 5114
    Miners Moss for Sluices
    Price:
    $38.95
    Miners Moss
    Tuff-Stuff Deep V Grooved Mat
    Price:
    $10.95

    Tuff-Stuff Deep V Grooved Mat  5742

    Price:
    $10.95

    Low Profile Ribbed Mat - Multiple Sizes

    24 inch Panning Gloves
    Price:
    $14.95

    Rubber Panning Gloves  6514

     
      6 x 36 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Reg. Price:
      $599.00
      Sale Price:
      $449.00
      Save:
      $150.00

      FREE SHIPPING! Vortex Drop Riffle Sluice Box 6" x 36"

      6 x 48 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Reg. Price:
      $749.00
      Sale Price:
      $579.00
      Save:
      $170.00

      FREE SHIPPING! Vortex Drop Riffle Sluice Box 6" x 48"

      12 x 60 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Reg. Price:
      $1,250.00
      Sale Price:
      $959.00
      Save:
      $291.00

      FREE SHIPPING! Vortex Drop Riffle Sluice Box 12" x 60"

      Gold Well Sluice Front Leg Kit
      Price:
      $79.00

      Gold Well sluice front leg kit

      Gold Well Sluice Rear Leg Kit
      Price:
      $89.00

      Gold Well sluice rear leg kit

      Waterfall Head Attachment for 6 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Price:
      $119.00

      Waterfall Head attachment for 6'' Sluice Box

      Waterfall Head Attachment for 12 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Price:
      $189.00

      Waterfall Head Attachment for 12'' Sluice Box

      High Bank Attachment for 6 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Price:
      $159.00

      Highbanker Attachment 6"

      High Bank Attachment for 12 inch Gold Well Vortex Sluice
      Price:
      $199.00

      12" Highbanker Attachment

       
      How to Set Up a Stream Sluice


      Place the sluice in the flow of a stream or river so that the water enters the flared end and flows through the sluice. If the current is strong you may need to lay some stones against the edge of the sluice to keep it from washing away. The sluice should be set at a downhill angle that allows the material to briskly flow through the sluice. The higher the volume of water available, the shallower the angle will be.

      Shovel material into the sluice at the flared end as close to the end as possible so that the material is washed over the entire length of the sluice. Do not overload the sluice with material. Pace your shoveling so that the sluice has time to clear before you add more material.

      When you are ready to clean out the concentrates, remove the sluice from the water and tip it down into a bucket or tub. Wash as much material as possible out of the sluice into the tub and then remove the riffle tray and carpet and wash both of them out into the tub. Replace the carpet or miners moss and riffle tray into the sluice and you are ready to go again. The concentrates of heavier material and gold are now in the tub so that you can remove the gold from the concentrates with a gold pan or a Gold Cube or a spiral panning machine, or another clean up tool.

      You may find that it helps to screen the material before you put it into the sluice by first  passing the material through a gold classifier. Pre-classified material will run through the sluice at a more uniform rate. With just a little practice, you'll be a pro at using a sluice in no time!

       

      How to Clean Gold

      Sometimes placer gold comes out of a stream with a thin coating of mercury or other impurity attached to it, so it is necessary to clean your gold to bring out its natural luster and shine. The best way to clean gold is to place it in a small water-tight container about half full of water and add a bit of dishwashing liquid. Shake the container vigorously. How quickly you'll see a glittery shine often depends on how much gold is in the container. The more gold you clean at one time, the faster if shines up because of the friction caused by shaking. After you see your gold gleam, be sure to rinse with clean water. Do this several times to remove all traces of soap. Next, air dry your gold or heat it slowly outdoors in a metal pan. Enjoy that beautiful golden glow!