Basic Stick welding is not that hard to learn but knowing “what to do” and actually “doing it” are two completely different worlds! The first step is to determine what process you want to learn first and what and where you will be welding. There are four main welding processes which are listed below. The formula for a beginner to achieve a good, solid weld is mostly joint preparation and proper machine set up!

For practical reasons, as well as reasons related to equipment costs, we will cover stick welding which is otherwise known by its proper name, SMAW / shielded metal arc welding.

One of the biggest factors to consider is whether you will be welding indoors or outdoors.

If you are welding indoors, any process will work. If welding outside, you can forget about MIG and TIG for the most part, as there are only a few exceptions. Although it is not impossible to weld outside with MIG and TIG methods, the wind has a funny way of making it extremely difficult to get a good solid weld.

Let’s just assume you will be repairing outdoor machinery, such as a bull dozer. Stick welding is perfect for the job. With the right welding rods you can weld most metals even if metal is a little rusty.