Trinity Bowl Gold Pan Reviews, Price and Specifications

Retail Price: $17.95

Number of Reviews: 5

Avg. Rating (4.2 Stars) average total

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Raised Bottom
Lower Recessed Riffle Trap
Three Recessed Troughs
90 Degree Riffled Sluice Box
Lifetime warranty
Trinity Bowl gold pan features a very complex double sluice design with an effective recessed riffle trap and a raised bottom. These features combine to make it almost impossible to lose gold. The Trinity Bowl is 14 inches in diameter, 4" deep and made of green or blue hardened polypropylene with a UV protectant in it. Works very well in separating fine gold from black sand.
With the trinity bowl pan you will be getting one of the finest gold pans available today. As you know, the gold pan is a prospector's most necessary tool. All the features of this revolutionary goldpan are geared towards much needed improvements in recovering the most gold possible for your efforts.

Trinity pan -overly enginered, OR?

David S in Western WA. - best
The learning curve is steeper than with a "standard" pan, but videos help a lot. Stumbled through first couple of attempts. This pans higher initial cost, afore mentioned learning curve, and its reluctance to release fines from its three reverse riffles are the drawbacks. Keeping in mind that I use this pan only beside streams and I classify first (down to 1/4"), I would buy another. For finish panning though, maybe a 11" 1849 or an Archer 10" would be better, as both pans are smaller and more straight-forward. KEEP PANNING!

Apr 23, 2013
3 people found David S's review helpful.

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Takes a little getting used to

Bob T in Mesa Az - best
It is a great pan once you learn the Know-how!

Dec 11, 2012
2 people found Bob T's review helpful.

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5 Stars as a River Pan for Fine-Medium Gold!

Ocean in landers, ca - best
I live in a desert area where most of the gold to be found is fine to micron. And I have to say that until recently, the trinity pan that I own has been laying around considered as useless, which is why I ended up with it. Most people around here use a gold pan for tests and not as a production method. For sample tests, this pan is truly useless. A 2-rib boring plastic pan outpreforms it every time, but for production panning and concentrating, it is ideal and fast!!!!
I thought it was some kind of nugget pan or something and thought it was useless for looking for fines. Until recently, I used it in a river and was able to process a lot of gravel fast with good precision. Having such a good luck with it in the river and figuring out how it works, I brought it home and tried it on some of my classified hard rock concentrates that contain only fine gold.
Upon trying the pan out on my mill cons, I noticed that all the gold falls into the hole over under the mini sluice and stays there when you turn the pan around and use the riffle section to wash away the tailings. Once the tailings are gone, you add more fresh material to the pan and repeat the process keeping the gold trapped in the low section. After you feel you have an amount of gold, you use the mini sluice to concentrate it out and pick it up with a sniffer bottle or wash it out with a spray bottle.
The gold that you get this way is clean enough to meltdown with borax.
I would not recommenced this pan as a finish pan for fine gold, as it looses some of the fines. It is most certainly best suited for a river, and is not a beginner pan. I would start with a keene 3-stage pan for fine gold or a super trap for nuggets to learn how to pan. Once you get the general idea of how panning works, only then will you find the trinity bowl useful, it really does make river panning for fine to medium gold a breeze because it allows you to concentrate and collect almost pure gold free from black sands right on the river bank.
This is the pan I would want to use if I was going to pan a ton of gravel per day at a river or pond, looking for gold sized from .05mm to 5mm. 10mm might roll out if you are not careful.
Happy Panning!

Jun 07, 2010
17 people found Ocean's review helpful.

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It Holds the Gold - INSTRUCTIONS - How To Pan Gold with Trinity Pan

Ed Bandlow MDJ International in Otaru, Hokkaido, Japan - good
The Trinity pan really holds the gold. Unfortunately the company stopped making them after a little over a year. I attached the operating instructions. THE TRINITY BOWL The Trinity is designed for washing many pans full of sand before taking the gold out. The Trinity Bowl is made of unbreakable polypropylene plastic. It has a UV-cutting additive built into the plastic to keep it from fading in the sunlight. Panning technique is different than with a regular gold pan, but you can soon master it. Before using the pan we recommend that you wash the pan with detergent and a scouring pad to get the oil used in manufacturing off of the plastic. First, get a pan full of gold-bearing sand, fill the pan full of water and shake or swirl the water and sand so that it is in a liquid state. This is when the Gold will slide down the domed center to the lower sides of the bottom of the pan. When the Gold gets to the sides it will wash around and drop into the half-circle sunken trap. Once the Gold is in the trap, it is TRAPPED and is not going anyplace. Now, that all the Gold is in the trap, you are ready to wash off the gravel and rocks. You do that by moving all of that material to the base of the large riffle side, while the Gold and black sand stays in the trap. Once you have all the large material at the base of the large riffles, wash them out of the pan like you would do with a regular gold pan. When the trap is filled with black sand - that is great - that is where we want it. It should be there to help hold the Gold in the 30 recessed riffles in the bottom of the Trap. When you are washing the gravel out of your pan, there are 3 reversed rifles at the base of the larger riffles. Those three reversed riffles are a safety feature. They act just like sluice box riffles and any gold that did not drop into the trap will get caught in the lowest three small reversed riffles and will not be washed out. So it is possible to wash off the waste rock and gravel a lot easier and faster than with a regular gold pan. After you have washed off all the waste rocks and gravel, you should check the small riffles and see if there is any Gold trapped in them. If there is, swirl some water through the troughs and wash the gold into the sunken Trap. Now you have an empty pan except for what is in the Trap. Now fill the Pan up with more gravel and follow the same steps that we have just covered. You can continue doing this until you are ready to take the gold out of the pan. THE CLEAN UP To clean up, we only work the side of the pan that has the Trap and the ladder sluice. With the Trap full of material, we want to wash the material from side to side. Cover the material in the trap with water and shake the pan from side to side. This allows the gold to drop into the 30 small riffles in the bottom of the trap. Once that is completed, the top layer of material in the trap is waste and can be washed out of the pan through the ladder sluice. To do this, you dip the pan in water and submerse the sluice below the water. Move the pan in a side-to-side motion allowing water to come in and out of the pan. Now that you have washed most of the sand out of the trap, it is time to wash the black sands out of the trap as well. Doing this is a little tricky. You want to submerse the sluice below the water and move the pan from side to side. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO GO SIDE TO SIDE. The material should be moving side-to-side in the trap (Not in and out) This makes the gold drop into the sluice channel and flare at the bottom of the sluice. AT THE SAME TIME YOU SHOULD DIP AND RAISE THE PAN IN AND OUT OF THE WATER. This allows water to come into the pan and wash out though the sluice. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER SIDE-TO-SIDE AND UP-AND-DOWN MOVEMENTS AT THE SAME TIME. If you do this correctly, the black sand will flow right out of the pan, and the gold will stay in the riffles in the sluice and in the Trap. Continue doing this until all that is left in the pan is gold. It is really an easy way of panning once it is mastered, and it makes panning so much more fun. The best way to get the gold out of the pan is take a snuffer bottle and suck up the gold out of the pan. Continue washing the gold to the bottom of the sluice until you have retrieved all the gold.

Jun 03, 2009
19 people found Ed Bandlow MDJ International's review helpful.

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Trinity Pan: Mysterious Operations

A. Wiltsey in Salem, Oregon - two stars
After purchasing it at a GPAA Gold Show last year, I have hardly ever used it. What is the proper way to utilize a Trinity pan? Seems to be a PITA, if you ask me. Sand sticks in the tiny riffles, everything seems to slosh around haphazardly inside and thus this pan has earned the back burner in my collection of prospecting supplies. I use several Garrett Gravity Trap pans usually, which are simple and easy. An extensive search of the web provides no How-To or good reviews for using this pan, I cannot even find the manufacturer's website. Rating: 2 out of 5.

Aug 09, 2008
9 people found A. Wiltsey's review helpful.

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