It's been a couple of months since I've stick welded anything, but I picked up a 3/32 6011 rod last night and the arc seemed to jump around and was really loud. Plenty of BBs too. Could be a matter of perspective too, since I've been TIG welding over the past week .
Does this sound like rod that has gone bad? I have a 5lb box of Hobart (the ones that come in the nice black plastic box), and I've kept the box closed when not in use, with a couple of desiccant packs inside. I would have opened this box back in January, but it's been a really warm/humid winter for us here.
Since I was TIGing with the same machine, I triple checked my settings ... DCEN, 45A, stick mode, pulse disabled, and arc force set to zero.