Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Pay Dirt Company Official GOLD RUSH Panning Kit Review

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pay Dirt Company Official GOLD RUSH Panning Kit Review

When I was a kid, I remember having wild fantasies about buying a metal detector so I could find buried treasures. I had big plans for all the goodies that I was going to uncover! I never did get that metal detector, but the idea of stumbling upon a fortune some day still flits into my fantasies from time to time. I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who has dreams of striking it rich. Modern day treasure hunters have been making waves on the Discovery Channel, in the television series GOLD RUSH. The show follows The Hoffman Gang, a group of 6 men, around Porcupine Creek in Alaska as they mine for gold. All rookies at the gold rush game, each man is laying it all on the line in hopes of striking it rich to turn their own personal financial situations around. GOLD RUSH is the #1 Friday night show on the Discovery Channel.
While many tune in to live vicariously through The Hoffman Gang’s discoveries, now you can have your own little mini gold rush adventure. Want to strike gold through the comfort of your own home? With the Official GOLD RUSH Panning Kit from the Pay Dirt Company, you’ll be panning for gold like a pro without having to step foot in a gold mine!
We were recently sent a Pay Dirt Company Official GOLD RUSH Panning Kit to pan for our own gold. My kids were stoked to get the chance to find some gold, they couldn’t wait to open the kit! Included in the box:
- Professional gold pan
- 1 pound bag of PayDirt with 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
 Follow these very important steps before you start panning for gold:
Step 1- Go to www.PayDirtGold.com
Step 2- Create your PayDirt Gold membership account, which will get you registered for future benefits and sweepstakes.
Step 3- VERY IMPORTANT! Watch the “How to Pan for Gold” video hosted by Parker Schnabel from the hit show GOLD RUSH. *This is a very important step to ensure you will find gold in your kit!*
After watching the video, we got down to business! Half the fun was the anticipation of figuring how much gold we were going to find in our kit. While I certainly didn’t think we were going to find much, my daughter was busily jabbering on about all the gold she was going to find. Wondering if it would be best to save it for a rainy day or spend it on some frivolous luxury items. We started the process of dumping the PayDirt into the gold pan. We then filled a plastic tub with water, dipped in the panning kit, then started shaking that baby! We dipped, shook, poured. Repeat, repeat, repeat. I was so nervous about losing the gold in to the filthy tub water, it probably took me longer than necessary to complete the process. My arms were pretty tired by the time we reached the black sand, but once we saw the flecks of gold, JACKPOT! The tired arms were worth it over the excitement my girls got over seeing their treasure sitting in the bottom of the pan.


We used our tweezers (not included in the kit) and started plucking out the gold, then depositing each piece into the glass vial for safe keeping. A few more dips and shakes, and we recovered about 11 flecks of gold in total.

gold panning

While it wasn’t enough for a lavish vacation, the process of panning for gold was a really fun experience for us to share together. My daughter now proudly shows off her real gold to everyone who visits.
Through the process of salting, where gold is added to each bag, each kit is guaranteed to have some gold included, though amounts will vary. The Official Pay Dirt Company GOLD RUSH Panning Kit can be purchased at https://paydirtgold.com for $39.95. Additional 2lb. bags of PayDirt can also be purchased for $29.95 each.
If you would like to learn more, visit the PayDirt Gold Company website
Have you ever tried your luck at panning for gold?
*Disclosure- I received the above mentioned product courtesy of the sponsor for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was provided. All opinions are genuine, based on my experience with the product, and have not been influenced by promotional items.

41 comments:

  1. No way! My boys would LOVE this. Only I would have to buy each of them a kit because they would fight over it LOL.

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  2. I've never heard of this before, it's very unusual and interesting

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  3. I know my kids would love this!! How fun!

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  4. Even if not for the cash, panning for gold looks like a fun activity.

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  5. I need to find a spot with real gold, but at chance at 500 worth would be nice

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  6. It's very interesting, I am sure my kids would love it!

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  7. This really is a fun idea, one that will definitely keep the whole family working to find that gold!

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  8. Having one of these kits would make an awesome history lesson for my kids! A real hands on experience about the Gold rush. So cool.

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  9. Gosh! This is such a fun game! I am sure we will love it :) Thanks for the review! Yay Gold Rush! :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, what a fun kit! My kids and I would seriously love to have one of these.

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  11. I never even heard of such thing but if I was to purchase any I would have to buy 5 of them

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  12. I wanted a metal detector as a kid too!!! :P When I was younger we were holidaying in Aust and my parents brought us to pan for gold.. wasn't that great at it though haha

    Have a blessed new year with the family dear Theresa! It's been wonderful getting to know you better this year :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  13. This looks like it's a lot of fun and I can see how I could use this to teach a history class about that time period.

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  14. I've heard of this show but never watched it I really must one day :) - I used to love panning for gold as a child my parents used to get me small kits sometimes. x

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  15. My kids would love to do this!! It would be perfect for a weekend afternoon.

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  16. We watch this show all the time, my oldest son really loves watching it. My youngest would love this kit, he pretends he is panning for gold when we head to the beach.

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  17. We panned for gold in Georgia earlier this year!

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  18. I never knew about this show, but boy would I love to discover gold in my backyard

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  19. OK, I'm all about gold, especially gold I find in a stream for free!

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  20. Ok, that sounds like a fun adventure!! I wonder if it requires such patience and care to pan for gold outside too!

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  21. That looks like a fun kit to play with. It'd be neat to see how much gold you could pan from it. I think my kids would be interested in something like this panning kit.

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  22. Wow, that is great fun. I guess it is okay to buy dirt as long as it has gold in it. lol Did you see my Year in Review? I had you in mind while constructing and organizing it. You must be ultra busy with New Year Eve plans, No?

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  23. Looks like a fun toy for all! It would be great for kids to know how hard it is to find something so precious.

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  24. wow, you need to feddex that to me!!!!!! lol

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  25. Interesting, and also a nice experience for the kids!
    My best wishes to you Theresa, thank you very much and a hug. Happy 2014! Leovi.

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  26. We did panning for gold at a museum near Phoenix. I think my kids would love this.

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  27. Have never thought about doing anything like this. Sounds like a lot of fun and would make a great gift.

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  28. My husband is really into different kinds of metal. Since he makes jewelry, it's important to have around. The price of gold keeps going up in this economy!

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  29. This looks like a lot of fun. My daughter would have a blast with this! I remember as a little girl at Silver Dollar City, panning for....... silver maybe? oh, who knows?

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  30. What a unique idea and something fun for the whole family. I always loved the old west when I was growing up and loved reading about the gold mining days.

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  31. How neat. All my kids would love something like this. Sounds like fun to me.

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  32. Yes, definitely! We went to northern CA and it was so much fun!

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  33. Wow this is totally cool. my girls and I would have a blast!

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  34. Wow, this is actually something interesting to do.

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  35. That is SO cool! I would love to do that with the kids...they would have a blast. What a super cute idea and so much fun. I've never heard of these kits!

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  36. I can't imagine panning for gold at home. A very genius concept!

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  37. The one thing you have to do is season the pan to get the oil off of it.

    http://www.goldpanprospectors.com/seasoning.html

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  38. It looks like the amount of gold is small compared to some other pay dirt companies I have purchased dirt from.

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