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Here's a portable stick welder in operation. Basic stick welding advantages over the other types we will look at include simple equipment requirements and low cost. Basic stick welders can cost only a few hundred dollars and are easily portable. Simply using longer cables allows welding at a long distance from the welder. Stick welding is better suited to windy, outdoor conditions than MIG or TIG because the electrodes are coated with flux and thus self-shielding. Stick welding is a more forgiving process than MIG or TIG when welding on dirty or rusty metal.