Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

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Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by Sheilareid » March 17th, 2019, 3:07 am

I retorted impregnated mercury for the first time,I now have a clump of gold and silver amalgamation.how do I desperate them?

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by anachronism » March 17th, 2019, 5:40 am

Sheilareid wrote:
March 17th, 2019, 3:07 am
I retorted impregnated mercury for the first time,I now have a clump of gold and silver amalgamation.how do I desperate them?
If you retorted it you should have split the amlagum into mercury and a mix of gold/silver.

How come you still have mercury mixed? Can you show us the retort you used?

I'm sure plenty of people will be along to tell you how you shouldn't be doing this but let's fix your problem too.
If you keep on doing what you've always done then you'll just keep on getting what you've always got.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by kernels » March 17th, 2019, 10:30 pm

So, retorting basically boils off the Mercury (which you hopefully condensed and collected), so it sounds like you are saying you now have a clumpy mixture of Gold and Silver.

The simplest solution is to add some more silver (melt) to ensure that Gold only makes up 25% max of the mixture, then use Nitric acid to separate Gold from Silver.

Bacially, you want to look at the inquartation Process.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by Sheilareid » March 27th, 2019, 5:04 am

Thank you for the advice.I am new to this site,and haven't figured out posting pictures yet.The retort I have is about 40 years old,but it does fine as far as recovering the mercury.but I ended up with a hard button of silver and gold when I was finished.I just inherited 24 gold claims from my dad.(1-6 ounces
per ton).He worked it for close to 40 years.i have alot to learn.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by Sheilareid » March 27th, 2019, 5:07 am

I incorrectly worded my original problem.The amalgam was of mercury,gold,and I assume silver.After I retorted the amalgam,I was left with a clump of...gold and ..silver? I am confused as to how I desperate the gold.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by FrugalRefiner » March 27th, 2019, 7:34 am

Sheilareid wrote:
March 27th, 2019, 5:04 am
Thank you for the advice.I am new to this site,and haven't figured out posting pictures yet.
See Attaching Images or Files, Working with Attachments.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by Platdigger » March 27th, 2019, 10:47 am

Just curious here and not meaning to muddy the waters but,

how sure can one be that All, and I mean All the mercury is gone after retorting?

You know, if you go to melt this clump and there is any mercury left, there it goes into the atmosphere and surrounding area.

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Re: Retorting/gold/silver amalgamation

Post by FrugalRefiner » March 27th, 2019, 11:46 am

It is never all gone. There will always be at least a trace of mercury left in the button.

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