Saturday, February 1, 2014

Official Gold Rush Panning Kit - Review

I received product for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

I'll be honest and admit I'm not a faithful viewer of Gold Rush on Discovery Channel. I've watched it a time or two. I have nothing against the show, but I don't make a point to watch it either. I do like the idea of panning for gold, though, and was stoked to try out the Official Gold Rush Panning Kit.
Each Gold Rush Panning Kit is outfitted for every gold-seeker with:

Professional gold pan
Genuine gold — most kits contain small amounts, while others have up to $500 worth of gold hidden inside
Snuffer bottle for extracting gold from the dirt
Vintage vile to store their treasures
Certificate of authenticity
It is important to read the instructions before getting too hasty and going straight for the gold. The Gold Panning Instructions are inside the Panning Kit Folder that also includes the Certificate of Authencity and Panning Ledger. The instructions are fairly easy to follow, but it's highly recommended that you also watch the "How to Pan for Gold" video hosted by Parker Schnabel from the Gold Rush show. The video is a little over five minutes long and gives you a visual on what you should and should not do when panning for gold.

Most of the Gold Panning from the kit was done by my husband but he allowed me to assist. I say this because he was like a kid in a candy store, all ready to see how much gold he could gather. He wanted to do the majority of the work, and I obliged.

With the exception of a large bucket and a pair of tweezers, all needed materials are included in the kit. The instructions are clear on what to do but the basic premis is to pour the entire bag of dirt into the center of the pan and submerge it into a bucket of water. There's a lot of tilting, shaking, submerging, and jiggling involved. Once you've gotten to the black sand, that's where your spy eye comes in handy. The gold is found in the black sand and it's rather small so you have to be meticulous and pay attention to what you're looking for.

After spending a couple of hours panning for gold, we were able to retrieve seven gold flakes. We didn't strike it rich but sure had fun panning for our own gold. The gold flakes are now forever stored inside a vial.

Although we haven't done so yet, we plan on purchasing an additional bag of Pay Dirt in the future (Pay Dirt can be purchased separately). We know the chances of striking it rich with the Official Gold Rush Panning Kit are slim, but the experience it provides is entertaining.


Elizabeth Fedorko said...

We LOVE this show! My husband, son and I watch Gold Rush religiously. There's no gold to pan for here in the Washington, DC area but that kit sure looks like a lot of fun! Pease enter me for a chance to win it! Thanks!~~Beth Fedorko

Masshole Mommy said...

We actually haven't seen this show, but this looks like an awesome set. Bet my boys would like it.

Adaptable Kay said...

Okay, I'm BEYOND jealous that you got to review this!! I remember loving watching that show and any other gold related mining show on TV; I've always wanted to go into the wilderness and pan for gold like the professionals :D

How incredibly fun would this be!?!

Cassie Eastman said...

Perfect gift idea for my husband, he LOVES this show!

An Apel a Day said...

My kids would love panning for gold. Especially Isaak!

Cutie Coduti said...

Just did this with the kids!! So much fun & we found 12 nice small pieces of gold💰💸 So worth it.