Want to ask the great minds in these forums about the possibility of stick welding aluminum. I've read bits and pieces all over the web. Some say you need AC to break the oxidation layer, some threads talking about DC reverse polarity, others saying you need a lot of amperage as aluminum wicks away the heat so quickly. There are electrodes that are being sold that apparently use DC reverse polarity but there must be some compromises?
The PowerARC 140st doesn't say anything about aluminum in the web description but the PowerARC 160STH does with "special aluminum electrodes". So forum members, has technology changed in this area? What kind of expectations can I have about welding aluminum as a hobbyist (to start? ) on a tight budget?