I have rented in the past a portable welder that had a 9hp honda engine on it and I know nothing about welding...I was trying to learn. For what I know it used those annoying sticks. The troubles I had was the sticks kept sticking to the steel I was welding. What are my other choices for welders ? I have seen those types that use those manual fed flux or whatever that thin wire is. Which is better for welding steel ? My future projects are to make a trimmer rack, blower rack, water tank rack, hedge trimmer rack. Beside finding a welder that is easy to use and proper for the job finding the steel is a big deal to. Where would you guys go to get the steel for these types of small projects. Also another beginner problem I had was the weld lines werent to nice. They were spotty and the steel was able to break loose with a hit of a hammer...not very strong welds. What to do ? These darn welding sticks I had to use didnt seam to want to lay a nice long bead.