Estwing Gold Pans: black riffled plastic
Estwing's high quality plastic pans are lightweight yet very durable, making it a particularly great pan when trying to keep the weight of all your gear to a minimum. The dual riffles are handy to help keep your heavies in your pan when washing and for helping pan down your concentrates. The base of the pan is relatively wide when compared to other pans available on the market, making it easier to backpan more material at a time than with other brands. The predrilled hole is handy for tying a string or flagging tape onto so you don't loose your pan down the fast creek or river, or for extra security when strapped to the outside of your backpack.
Four sizes are available: 10", 12", 14" and 16". Only available in black and require seasoning before first use.
HOW TO SEASON YOUR PAN: Your plastic pan will come with some residual oils from manufacturing. This oil is bad news for gold panning if you want to keep all the gold you can. If the residue is not removed (and even if you have oils or moisturizer on your hands) some of your gold will wash away with the oils in your pan. You can help fix this before it happens. When you get your pan home you can wash and scrub your pan with some dishsoap if you like. Or, more preferred by many, be sure to scour and scrub the inside of that pan and under the riffles with fine gravels and sand before you use it the first time. A drop of ecofriendly dish detergent might be helpful too but jet dry or clay-be-gone is better, but neither of these three items are required. Please do not use soap or other chemical products in the creek. Just wash at the back of your truck if you feel the need. Myself, Ive only ever seasoned my pan with a good scrub of dirt and off to work I went. Best of luck on your panning and mining adventures! -AJ