VIDEO HERE (24:08 minutes)
Unlike other processes like TIG and MIG, stick welding doesn't require gas, which is one reason it is popular among farmers and hobbyists. We get requests all the time for entry level / "how to get started" videos. Many of those recent requests have centered around stick welding and different common electrodes.
VIDEO HERE (23:46 minutes)
About 20 years ago I decided I wanted to learn how to weld, so I bought a MIG and a stick welder and enlisted the help of a friend that was a welder.
It didn't take long to pick up the basics of stick welding, not nearly as long as I figured. I bought a couple sheets of steel and acquired a shitload of angle iron and went to work. My first real project was to build my own welding table and I've got to admit, it was pretty damned nice.
After I married Lisa, I just didn't have anything that needed welding so I went a couple years without burning a single rod, so when we moved out here, I sold all the equipment, a move I now regret. I mean, I may not need a welder much, but when you need a welder, you really need a fucking welder.