Re: Cutting Metal Stick Vs Torch
The cutting rods have a thicker coating that doesn't burn away as fast. The result is a cone shaped end that tends to concentrate the heat - to blast out the metal. So they work a little better than just regular weld rod.
But it's still not a very nice cut. I did it like that till I got a torch -- much much better. --- And no chipping slag!
And - you'll find the torch comes in very handy for heating and bending, loosening things like stuck bolts, and welding smaller or thin items.
After the torch, next step's MIG, then a Plasma cutter, then TIG, then ---- it never ends.