‘Gold Rush’ Star Tony Beets’ New Venture Goes Up in Literal Smoke

by Jennifer Shea

“Gold Rush” star Tony Beets’s new sluicing venture went up in literal smoke recently, as a new clip from the Discovery channel shows.

In the clip, Beets arrives on the scene to find his monster of a machine all set up and whirring (after several false starts). His co-star Brandon Carr explains that this will be the first bucket of the season, and they are ready for it… but the machine isn’t. After a string of alarming noises, Beets tells his workers to “shut that f—ing thing down.”

A failed thermostat had caused the engine to overheat, warping several cylinder heads. Their operation would be down for another two to three weeks.

“Yeah, I thought this Hunker Cut might be a nice, quick, easy little cut,” Beets said. “But right now it looks like we’re dead in the f—ing water.”

Watch the machine break down here:

‘Gold Rush’ Star’s Dream Is to Own His Own Goldmine

Beets has been a miner for a long time, but his dream is to own his own goldmine. He’s a hard worker, and, after all these years in the business, also a confident one.

“I came from the Netherlands,” Beets once explained in an interview. “I hung around Alberta and BC for a bit, then I went to the Yukon for the money. They said you can make a thousand bucks a week, so I thought: If they get that, I’ll get a little more. And that’s what happened. I guess I really like the lifestyle. That attracted me to it most. You do whatever you want, yell at people whenever you feel like it. And then there’s the hunt, the treasure. I like it.”

But there are rough days, too, as the clip above shows – days when nothing seems to be going right and the operation faces weeks-long setbacks. Still, for Beets, the thrill of the hunt for gold apparently makes it all worthwhile.

Show Charts the Ups and Downs of Gold Mining

In recent episodes of “Gold Rush,” audiences watched as Rick got his dozer stuck in the mud and Fred received a critique from the water inspector. It was just one of those weeks for the “Gold Rush” crew.

But sometimes it seems like the show’s cast are playing an endless game of Whack-a-Mole, with one problem cropping up after another. Even Parker Schnabel experiences his share of issues, as he did in Episode 5 when his hopper got stuck.  

It just goes to show that gold mining takes a lot of patience. And it can be a dangerous game, albeit a lucrative one, for those who choose to pursue it.