Using a dry washer is a great way to find gold in many areas in the southwest. Limited water makes gold prospecting difficult in many regions, making common mining methods like panning, sluicing, and dredging impossible. They are a great way to find gold in Arizona, Nevada, southern California, and other desert regions.
Finding Gold In The Desert: The Art Of Dry Washing Updated edition with expert help on how to successfully use a drywasher to find gold in dry conditions. Includes plans for building a puffer-type drywasher. Author: Otto Lynch. 25 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, soft cover.
With over 50 years of productive experience in the desert, the author shares his techniques and professional knowledge of finding gold in the deserts of the southwest. This guidebook includes blueprints for making your own drywasher, as well as shortcuts and helpful hints that will speed you on your way to finding your first nugget in the desert.
Dry panning is a similar winnowing process, and is only slightly better than blanket winnowing. Shaking the pan while gently winnowing allows the gold to settle in an action similar to a jig. A far better and more successful method is dry washing, also called dry blowing in Australia.
While prospecting the desert of Arizona for gold, I met a couple of cool dudes from back East and they were dry washing for gold. Like me, they were camping and just hanging out having fun. They took ol’ Chigg under their wing and showed me their gear and let me hang out with them for an afternoon.
Also Read: Must-Have Gold Nugget Detecting Gear. And: 15 Metal Detectors That Will Find Gold Nuggets . Drywashing . Drywashers are a piece of mining equipment that every desert gold prospector should own. Rather than using water to move material and allow gold to settle out of the gravels, they use vibration and air pressure to do the same process.
The recreational gold prospector can find gold in the deserts and mountains of the western states, taking note of the history of prospecting in the region. One of the most famous prospectors of the past, “Pegleg Smith,” traveled throughout the Anza Borrego desert region in southern California.
With temperatures expected to break records over Fathers day weekend, boulder dash and I decided that this would be a great time to go dry washing in the Sonoran desert region. Situated around 3000 ft, we expected the spot we had in mind to be at least one degree cooler than Phoenix .....