Rotary Rock Tumbling: Loading the Barrel
Part 3 of 6 – loading the barrel for best results
In the last section we talked about how to properly sort your materials by hardness and cleavage type, and now in this section we offer pro-tips and advice on how to fill your tumbler with successful results in mind. This includes not only the proper amount and sizes of rocks to add vs. barrel capacity, but also good advice on the various types of cushion media that our members rely on and recommend.
What follows next in no specific order is a bullet list of pro-tips, tricks and advice on the subject of proper loading of your tumbler barrel, contributed by the Rock Tumbling Hobby Forum community.
Now that you have loaded your rock tumbling barrel with carefully selected rocks and media, it’s time to add water and grit, so check in on Part 4 of this series first: Rotary Rock Tumbling – Adding Water and Grit because there is more to it than it seems.
If you would like to offer feedback about your own experiences, pro-tips, tricks and advice, please post in this thread in the Rock Tumbling section of the RTH Forum, and they might eventually make it into the appropriate category in this article series.