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Flux Cored Welding is not a "new" process, being dated back to the 1920's. Instead of having the protective/stabilizing flux on the outside of the wire, as in "stick" rods, it is at the core of the wire. This flux does the same job as do the gases used Gas MIG Welding.
I prefer a flux cored welder because there are no "gas" bottles or pressure adjusting, nor are there issues with welding outside in the wind. It's a personal decision; gas or flux cored.
I would use the recommended setting ranges, running on the "hotter" side just to get the feel and coordination of running beads.
The above Campbell Hausfeld is one choice for an in-expensive, occasional use machine. For the little jobs it's fine. For my bigger jobs I go to my stick welder.
If I have much trouble with my Hobart, I'll maybe switch to a Lincoln, as above. If I can afford one, I'll get a Miller instead. I've used all 3 brands, & really like the Millers that Weyerhaeuser has.
The above Real Gear Welder is another choice of MANY inexpensive flux cored arc welding machines. If you go through Ebay, you may want to go to welding supply shops & see them in person first. This model can be used with or without gas.
Flux cored welders are mainly for the thinner materials. If you're going to work on cars & the like, you would probably prefer wire feed over stick.
I've done a lot of sheet-metal work with stick rods, but I needed to use real small rods plus do a lot of "touch & go" welding, rather then continuous welds.
Good Luck to ya Dude, or to you "Dudette"!
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