I often get questions about this all the time: Do your stick welders weld AC or DC? Actually in the last couple of months, I’ve received more than the usual amount. I am not quite sure about the source of these questions, other than it must be some debated topic on an internet forum somewhere espousing armchair advice. AC stick welders are a result of really old technology transformer welders.
They are cheap to make and can create an arc. A few rods are specially made for AC welding, and the rest just work ok or even not at all.