Sand traps operate vertically and use gravity, not centrifugal force, to separate sand from the flow. As the flow enters the sand trap it is slowed substantially, and the stinger-diverter alters the flow direction, allowing the sand to separate from the gas and liquids. Sand falls to the bottom of the trap and a system of proprietary baffles keeps it in place. The baffles allow gas and liquids to move up and out while keeping the sand separate. Sand is removed by opening one of two sand discharge ports during operation; shut-in is not required if one of the sand outs clogs.