Stick Welding 101 ~ Getting Started with SMAW

Stick Welding 101 ~ Getting Started with SMAW

Shielded Metal Arc Welding

Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), also known as manual metal arc welding (MMA or MMAW), flux shielded arc welding or informally as stick welding, is a manual arc welding process that uses a consumable electrode covered with a flux to lay the weld.

Unlike other welding processes like TIG and MIG, SMAW 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…

Stick Welding 101