No matter how fancy your gear, it pays to practice at home until you're proficient. We suggest the "Learning To Weld" DVD from Premier Power Welder and Sidekick Off Road as a good learning tool for beginners. It covers a lot of the basics of stick welding, such as starting your arc, holding the rod at a 5-15-degree angle, and so on. Just remember some basic fire safety rules-check your ground cover, make sure there's no oil or gasoline near your workspace, and wear proper eye and face protection. Then buzz away.