With gold pans, there are certainly a good number of choices to get you started. You can go with your basic gold pan and you’ll already be on your way to begin your prospecting hobby. However, you’ll soon find that there are a couple of other gold panning supplies that will allow you to do your best work.
The Deluxe Garrett Gold Pan Kit is a great tool to get started gold panning because it offers a few different sized quality gold pans, a nice classifier, a snuffer bottle, a couple of glass vials, a set of tweezers, Garrett and Lagal’s How to Find Gold field guides, and a Gold Panning is Easy book and DVD. This is a great set to get you started panning for gold.
There are a few benefits of having a different sized gold pans. As you’re panning, you will likely begin with quite a bit of material. The Garrett 15″ SuperSluice pan will let you pick up this material and really be a bit more aggressive in washing out the bigger material and getting to the good stuff. Not only does the pan have a larger diameter at the lip, the base of the pan is bigger as well with steeper walls and nice big 1/2″ riffles to hold onto your gold.
The slightly smaller 14″ Prospector gold pan has more conventional measurements with a more sloping angle on the sides and less surface area on the bottom of the pan. The riffles on the side are slightly smaller (1/4″) than the 15″ pan and there are four of them featuring the unique 90° riffled design.
The smallest gold pan in this panning kit is the Garrett 10″ Backpacker gold pan. This pan is great, obviously, for carrying around with you as it is light and portable. It’s also a good pan for doing finishing work on your panning when you’ve removed the larger material and are down to small stuff. This smallish pan is also good for small hands and is a great way to introduce kids to gold panning.