Lets talk about Stick welding. Stick welding uses a consumed electrode coated with various fluxes. As the rod is consumed the flux is burned, creating a gas cloud around the weld puddle; preventing oxidation of the weld. This gas cloud is more difficult to displace then the gas from MIG and TIG welding making It one of the few reliable ways of welding out doors.
Stick welding is also more difficult then MIG welding due to the number variables the need to be controlled while welding. Both require control of electrode angle, electrode inclination and travel speed. Stick welding additionally requires control of arc length. Arc length is the distance the electrode is from the work piece. By the manipulation of arc length the penetration of the weld and how the weld puddle will "wet" out can be adjusted on the fly. This also means that those things can go wrong while your welding.
Stick welding is very versatile; you can weld mild steel, stainless, cast iron and even aluminium with stick welding. each type of stick welding requires different preparation and techniques to make effective welds. At Torrent we work hard to stay up to date on our current stick welding techniques.