So what’s going on in this picture? Why, I am thawing out a pile of frozen paydirt that’s what! I have a big old tarp and a diesel heater and I’m thawing and screening paydirt to sell. At the end of the mining season last year, I made a pile just in case. I never thought to have to do this as we had 1500 bags in my garage, ready to go. That’s what we get for aiming low. We have been so blessed with folks wanting our paydirt to try their hand at mining in the comfort of their own home. We sold that 1500 bags by January, so every few weeks here I am, going back for more. Thank you to all of you for your support for our dream.
The other thing you may notice is there is no snow on the ground. While the rest of you are buried in snow in places like Tennessee and Georgia, we have YOUR warm weather up here. I’ve lived here all my life and have never seen anything like this winter. Its gotten up to 60 degrees around here at a time its supposed to be below zero. Don’t know what is going on with our planet, but I say let’s just skip this winter and go straight to Mining Season!
This post is to show all of you interested in the Pay dirt we are selling on ebay that it is not purchased from the Home Depot. We had not figured it would be so popular and we were getting close to running out so the wife and I had to go back to the mine and chip at our mound of pay dirt. We got six buckets and we are going back next weekend with the Dozer to break up even more so we can handle the popularity of our dirt. Thank you all, those that purchased and those that are just browsing. And remember it is not Home Depot dirt(sometimes i wish it was).
This here is our little trommel wash plant that we use to run samples in. It a bit clunky, not quite round, but hey nobody is perfect and it works just fine just the way it is. How it works, we will set it up at base camp and after I have dug a sample Hole I will fill my backhoe’s excavator bucket up with the dirt of interest, carry it back to where the trommel is located and then shovel the dirt from the bucket into the trommel. Once we have run the whole bucket through the trommel the we perform a clean out, it is never a lot of gold, but what it does is give us a snapshot of what the ground contains, gold wise, and depending on what we get out of the trommel we will decide to dig or not to dig?……Boy, that seems like a recurring question in this blog. This trommel seems to have very good gold recovery. We did have some grounding issues when we first started operating, if you would touch the trommel you would get a nice electric shock from it. As you all know electricity and water does not mix well. We have since solved that issue because getting shocked every time you touch the machine, just won’t do. These photos are prior to having any of the pluming installed. I will try to find a picture of the complete unit to show off.